I ended up finding out that the phone was still working, it was just the screen that was fried. I could still answer calls by sliding my finger across the white screen when it rang. Talked on it several times. Making calls out was basically impossible, since you could see nothing on the screen except white though.
24 hours I had to wait with my busted iPhone before I could get an appointment with the Genius Bar at my local Apple store. I really didn't realize how much I depend on and use the phone until I was forced to be without it. And I was surfing the web looking for fixes, since the suggested idea of running a restore didn't work, not that I really expected it to. I found some people who had successfully traded their phones out after just such an occasion. However, it seemed like there were just as many who had been told "no" by Apple. I was very nervous.
So tonight I walked into the Apple store hoping I wasn't about to have to shell out another wad of dough for a second iPhone, but basically resigned that I was going to end up throwing a fit, being told no anyway and settling on buying another phone anyway. However, I walked in, and with minimal questions and in minimal time, I was walking out with a brand new iPhone that looked exactly like my last one.
With customer service being a dying art, I'm now a huge fan of Apple. I can't say that I'll completely abandon PC however. I still like gaming and Apple is not the system for such a thing. However, I'm pretty sure that the next computer I buy will be a Mac. I'm sure this will surprise quite a few people, as I've always been completely on the side of PC. But this really sold me. That's unbelievable customer service, and I know I'd never get treated like that by most companies. I'll probably go desktop as PC, and Mac laptops from now on. Especially that new green MacBook they have, but that's a topic for another time