God, folks, this might be old news to everybody, but I had no idea:
I went home and did some research, and was amazed at what I read on various forums and blogs. It seems that it is actually well documented that major phone companies purposefully slow down old phones in an attempt to push consumers to upgrade to newer devices. This has been documented by a Harvard study, as well as major publications such as CNN, CNET, NBC, and even Apple themselves!
The bastards! I don’t own an iPhone but does Samsung do it, too? I have a feeling they might.