In any case, assume that the AT&T iPhone is locked to AT&T, until there is a reputable announcement that it can be unlocked--if such an announcement ever comes. We're not dealing with a regular cell phone here.
I have no knowledge of the inner workings but it would seem to me that being the only service that could handle iPhone in Canada that Rogers thinks that they can play hard ball with Apple on the term of service. This is typical Rogers arrogance to the market place and frankly I think that Steve could care less if the iPhone was in Canuckistan or not . Rogers will agree to his terms in the long term or we will wait until Steve releases a Bell/Telus compatible phone in 2008/2009
Just my humble opinion
Vodophone made the same error in Europe and lost to Deutch Telecom in Germany and some other in the UK and France is up for grabs
1. If I were to obtain an iPhone and use the wifi/ipod/organizer functions for now, when Rogers finally releases the iPhone, do you think I can use the AT&T phone as long as I get a rogers sim card?
This is very unlikely. Normal throw-away cell phones provided by Rogers or AT&T are locked to their own networks, so it's unlikely that the iPhone would be any different.
It's doubtful that an out-of-the-box unmodified AT&T iPhone will ever take a Rogers SIM card. Unless or until somebody manages to unlock the iPhone, there's a pretty big risk that an AT&T iPhone wouldn't ever work on Rogers.
The fact that it won't now is probably a good indication of that, in fact. Although it's theoretically possible for Apple to change the SIM requirements via the firmware update to allow both carriers, it's much more likely that the version they produce for Rogers will simply be locked to Rogers.
This is standard operating procedure for North American cell phone carriers, and it's unlikely that they'll treat the iPhone any differently than any other phone they sell.
__________________ WARNING: If you see links to ads in the above post, blame the cheesy ad-linking software used by the owners of this website. I do not endorse these links. Don't click on them.
HOWEVER: occassionally I have in the past provided links to instructions or illustrations. I will not do so in future, in fact I will not be offering helpful advice for free just to have my words pirated until the sleazy ad linking desists. I will, however, answer PMs.