Does hacktivation interfere with activation?
This question must have been asked before, but I can't find where. Redsn0w doesn't make activation optional: if you jailbreak, you also 'hacktivate' the phone (which means, I think, the lockdownd binary is patched to make the phone think it was 'factory-activated' and some certificates are added for YouTube etc.).
If you're with an 'official' carrier, you obviously don't need hacktivation; iTunes will activate the phone with the carrier. I would think this is preferable: perhaps the phone company gets to see in its records that you properly registered, the binary is the original one, etc. But I'm no expert on this.
Is there someone knowledgeable who can shine some light on this issue? Is 'official' activation preferable, and is there a way to only jailbreak?