Yeah yeah I know, getting this news up a little late.
Guess what? Vodafone's legal pressure on T-mobile Germany has forced the sale of the first OEM unlocked iPhone. What does this prove? Yes there are factory unlocked iPhones. What does this mean? At first glance, not much, you can buy a factory unlocked iphone in Germany for a whopping $1,482 USD.
Upon further thinking this does open up some possibilities. Specifically, unlocking methods. What if one were to figure out what was different on the files of a factory unlocked iPhone, and make the appropriate changes to a locked phone? Restore and upgrade same unlocking? We'll see . . .