so at last, around 7pm last night, my iphone finally updated. wasn't painful at all once the activation server was available. It download the carrier specific features with no fuss either. i sent an mms message this morning, have searched content and used the under reported shake to shuffle feature that was part of the last ipod nano feature last fall.
since I cant upgrade on htis release, I get to sleep in while all the n00bs get to line up early at rogers tomorrow morning to get the new 3gs.