For future phone upgrades, I'd suggest just buying the phone outright (I did - Galaxy Note, International Version) from the manufacturer or other retailer... less bloatware, better apps, and quicker updates (Samsung released ICS about a month ago, and my phone updated via Kies)
If you factor in the mimum rate plan required, as well as upgrade fee's, etc., it can be cheaper to buy the phone outright.
My Note asked to be updated over the air around 6 a.m. It did not say it was ICS. But it was ICS and it installed it without using Klies. ( big whoopi!!!!! ) Seems to work except home pages are gone. Sort of a nuisance.
Also the much promoted Premium Suite is not loaded by default nor does it even tell you that it exists. And so you dont know what apps to install to get all the functions. However a bit of searching gets them - at least I hope that it gets them all.