Hello there. First time poster so please be kind.
I was thinking about getting a US iPhone and bringing it home to the UK. Slightly worried about Jobs' vowing to destroy the hackers but i think if i avoid most updates it wont be a problem...
But i was wondering... i have my AT&T/unlocked model and come the UK release would i be able to slip an O2 sim in and it still be happy? Will it pick up the visual voicemail etc... or.... would it be possible to flash the phone with the UK firmware on release if i end up getting locked out?
I know the chances of anyone knowing the answer 100% is unlikely due to Apple shrouding itself in secrecy but any thoughts would be welcome.
I am speculating that besides different wall chargers, the us, euro, and uk models are all identical, possibly to the point that the software is the same as well. I base this on the idea that having a single universal unit for worldwide distribution (with the exception of parts of asia) would create considerably larger profit margins....the software is what makes this iPhone so special, I see little reason why Apple would choose to produce euro/uk-only units.
With that said, the flaw with this theory is that foreign iPhones will be locked by firmware into their specific region/network.
To answer your question, it is too early to know for sure until people start testing this out for themselves.