I decided I should upgrade the firmware after all, as I really did not want to get left behind. Bricked on the first attempt… reflashed the baseband and “virginised” then upgraded to the next firmware version (1.1.1). FW 1.1.2 is out now, and apparently fixes the issue we have in Australia with voicemail not being notified by SMS. The only current solution to that is to check missed calls (which are correctly recorded) and then check voicemail once in a while.
Everything is working as it should at the present time, and I am hanging out for the hack to get my phone to 1.1.2 and I’ll probably stop after that (unless Apple release some must-have app for the phone… wifi iTunes was not it, for me)
Did I mention that I love my phone?