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My first iPhone was an unlocked, jailbroken 3G, bought from Craig's List in the USA. It worked just fine until I accidentally updated the OS a year later. Then I found myself with a newly locked phone which was of no use in Europe. I messed around online and failed to revert to the proper baseband firmware. I took it to a shop nearby who said they'd unlock any phone for 25 euros. Came back the next day and they were not able to do it. So I went back online, and after something like a full day of searching, trying, searching, trying, I found a solution and softare that actually worked, once I spent the time in those reboot modes known only to the geeks who love to jailbreak.
Now that I've established my credentials as someone who is able to arrive at that goal, here is why I don't seek out these tasks on a regular basis.
Life is too short to keep rebooting and loading, rebooting and loading hoping you won't brick the device.
I want the things I've bought to work. I don't need the newest latest features of an untried beta version and I don't want to brick a phone that I depend on for a lot of my personal info.