First of all, I have searched around the internets, but I guess I must not be connecting the dots properly, or not understanding the context of what I've been searching for, so here goes. So ever since they came out, I've really wanted one. I dropped a lot of money on an unlocked SE W810i months before the iPhone was released, so have held off on purchasing yet another expensive cell phone. Since I haven't been ready to purchase one until recently, I haven't really been following what's going on regarding hacking the device, and such. Anyways, first question, can the 2yr contract with AT&T be circumvented? I've fulfilled my 1yr contract long ago. I don't plan on switching providers, but I don't care for commitments at all. Quite frankly, I find it asinine that you'd have to sign a 2yr contract after dropping $500 on a new phone. Is there any way around this? Second question. What's up with all of these "hacks" and such for the device? I've heard of "jailbreaking", I assume it just allows you to use the phone with other providers, and/or install 3rd party apps. I'd be afraid of bricking my phone, but what are the big benefits to going through the procedure? Lastly, I'm a little apprehensive about purchasing one at the moment, due to rumor of a 3G device being released sometime this year. I'll just have to wait and see, I guess. If temptation is overwhelming, I'll probably just pull the trigger. Just looking for a few thoughts on the topic Edit: upon further research, it seems I can circumvent the initial "Activation" on an iPhone. Would this allow me to avoid a 2yr contract, or could I still get locked in by adding an iPhone data plan to my AT&T service?