My mind can’t help but dream of the future of the iPhone 3G. I know that it will get jailbroke and unlocked, but how? With AT&T requiring you to activate in the store or Apple store how will pwnage or winpwn work? It restores your iPhone using custom hacked firmware through iTunes which then iTunes activated the iPhone. If this activation process is no longer done in iTunes, how will jailbreaking occur? I know previous methods such as jailbreakme.com used Safari exploits to gain write access and add Installer.app without needing to restore and reactivate.
The problem then is what if you install an app from Installer.app and it crashes your iPhone? Restoring wouldn’t be as easy because to activate you would have to go back to the store. This all seems like a good way to slows the jailbreaking down. If you have to go to the store to activate you may not jailbreak or even buy an iPhone 3G. I know that if I have to go to the store to activate I will be there about once a month due to all the testing I do, especially when testing jailbreak methods. Can you imagine? If I think back, there are times I restored more than 5 times in one day testing things. I know this is out of the norm but most non-jailbroke iPhones won’t need to restore much if ever.
I know a lot of you are already asking these types of questions and I’m not sure there is an answer yet. We will keep you informed on the latest info regarding jailbreaking, unlocking, activation, service plans, etc. Let us know your perspective in the comments.