After a few hours of uncertainty where I had to decide whether to pull the plug on my old iPhone or invest in a new one I did some calling around. It was $299 for an 8gig 3GS at the AT&T store. It was $399 for a 16GB. I decided that was a bit much considering the new phone was coming out. A quick text to Gonzo about my dilemma helped. She said to rush Mr. Phone to the ER. The ER came in the form of a shop that specializes in cell phone repair. $100 for a new screen, nearly an hour of uncertainty, and much worry on my part Mr. iPhone was able to be saved.
My iPhone lives again- he is fully recuperated and good as new!