Ok, I currently live in Japan and have been considering getting an iPhone 3G through softbank. I've done a lot of looking around and just wanted to confirm this: I've heard that Softbank iPhones are designed in a way that they cannot be sim-unlocked to be used in the US when I return in 2 years. Also, I'm getting the impression that there still is no software unlock for the 3G, though I see tons of threads that I think are mislabled to think that they can be. Also, you have to buy the softbank iPhone due to the different simcard that softbank uses: "The sim card also looks to be locked inside the case. At least, I can't find a slot to get it out." Lynn I'm wondering what my options are. I would like the iphone because of the mp3 player, skype, and cell use all in one. Again, I'm here for 2 more years. I don't want to have to buy another phone in the US when I move, pricy. Here are my options: 1) Buy it and hope there's a software unlock in the future 2) Buy it and eat the money when I move (they can't be resold well at all) 3) Buy an iTouch and carry two devices (I wanted to avoid this but may be the best option) 4) Hold off until I get back to the states. (no easy skype) Could some of you post back some ideas/thoughts/suggestions? Thanks. Treb.