Well, its looking like Apple has managed to close the loophole which allowed most of us to acquire our iPhones in the past. When this version is released, at least in the USA, it is going to be mandatory for the account with the provider to be activated in the store. So, no more “home activation” and no more online purchases which would have allowed a lot of fiddling.
I don’t know how it will be dealt with in Australia, but I imagine the same kind of thing will occur.
So, there we have it. I won’t be owning a 3G iPhone until/unless it ends up on a prepaid service I can or will use.