Well well well, I don’t quite know how this has happened, but Zibri has managed to get a hold of one of the new iPhones and commenced work on patching and unlocking the baseband. Which, it seemed, he managed to get done in record time. This means that V2 of the firmware *and* the new iPhone will be unlockable.
What this means in real terms I am not sure. Perhaps the phone will be usable on any network. On the other hand if the phone is not available except on contract, the only use for an unlock will be to get at 3rd party applications not available on the App Store. And I know a lot of the devs are stopping free software now and starting to charge for it, so there might not be that much available at first.
However: If you can get a prepaid iPhone 3G, its probably going to be only marginally more expensive than a contracted one (expect under $300… if its more, its gouging) and then you can unlock it… well… all I can say is… OH YESSS PLEASE!
 On the other hand, Vodafone Italy is going to be selling it as a prepaid and the prices they are quoting are huge. 499 euros for the 8G which equates roughly to $AU817 on todays exchange rate. That is too much. But perhaps Voda australia and Optus won’t charge that much (yes, they will be doing it as a prepaid as well). maybe?