Hi. My brother is in the military and is getting re-deployed in a few weeks. I got him an iPod Touch as a christmas gift, to kill time and maybe used it for some voip if he has a decent wi-fi connection. Given a $200 price limit, I ended up going with the 3rd gen 8G touch instead of a 16G 2nd gen refurb for the same price. I had read about speed/cpu improvements in the 3G, and a quick google said it had been jailbroken as well... but I read enough to see that it was a tethered jailbreak. Now I read that the 8GB 3rd gen Touch isn't really a 3rd gen... at least it does not have the CPU upgrades? My questions are... 1) Is the tethering requirement a 3rd-gen issue, or is it the 3.1 firmware? 2) If I get a 2nd-gen refurb from Apple, will it also have to be tethered if it ships with 3.1 OS? Thanks for any info!