A new statement from the iPhone Dev Team says that next week, they will offer a "tool" that will enable users to "recover your nck counter and seczones and even enables you to restore your phone to a "Factory-like state."
"In the meantime we advise you not to update your free iPhone with the upcoming firmware," they write. "Wait for the next version to be fixed to work properly with your carrier and not break your phone."
I'll tell you, this is sounding very much like an arms race. Apple locks the iPhone, Dev Team and others develop unlocking tools, Apple pushes through a firmware upgrade that (at least it hopes) will cripple unlocked iPhones, the Dev Team and others get busy developing tools to make your disabled iPhone right again, Apple comes up with another firmware-delivered iPhone lock.
What's the ultimate end game? We might not see this for several months if not longer, but I'll bet you that Apple pays AT&T mega, mega bucks to get out of the five-year exclusivity window. Such a move would be cast in the most positive spin.
To quote Steve Jobs, "that's what happens with technology."