@humanity: I'm a little confused on this. What stops people from importing? It's a region free console.
By region free you mean the discs right? It'll be region locked if you try and connect to the internet. MS locked people out of games - even if bought digitally - if they included GFWL and lived in a country MS didn't like, so it's not like it's something they wouldn't do.
There's also a slew of "this feature might not be supported in your region" and they all relate to Xbox Live. So as much as I'm aware that importing is a possibility, I'd rather not risk purchasing a $500 dollar console that can't connect to Live or half the features don't work for one reason or another.