It looks like it is a fee that you Texans are paying to help the fine deaf community.
Those of you who have your new phones, have you tried using the phone mic with your head phones? My experience is that headset mics suck generally, and my favorite setup is to use no-mic headphones and when in call or record mode just use the phone's mic. This is possible with the 4 and the original iPhone, but not the 3G series. I'm hoping they haven't changed this up again. That would mean trying to search out another Shure or Griffin adapter, and they are discontinued. All the ones made now suck.