You will be able to use the Bionic with 3G, but will you be forced to purchase a 4G plan (the same way data plans are "required" on smartphones). I find it incredibly hard to believe that VZW would spend time/money developing this, and then give it away for "free" (the same price as 3G plans). I hope I'm wrong.
I balked at the $30 data plan. I do not want to spend more than that.
Sprint led the way when they added their $10/month 4G surcharge. VZW will certainly want to recover all of their costs, and then some, associated with 4G.
Hold on to your wallets!
The droid X is very nice, so if you don't want to wait, I say go for it. You'll be happy with it for a year or two easily.
The Bionic does look great though, if they optimize quickly for it's dual core, it will dramatically increase the speed of the phone. Ask anyone who's built computers from the time they jumped from single core CPU's to dual cores, once programs were optimized you saw a 60%+ increase in performance and I imagine it will be similar for phones as well.
Even if you don't optimize, anything that requires multitasking is going to benefit from having multiple cores available, even if your unoptimized games don't get faster.
I don't want more expensive data plans though. If the bionic forces me to pay more for data I don't know what I'll do.
i am in the same boat as you. if you are REQUIRED to get a 4G plan, then it'll be pointless to get the new phones. i use data way too much to have a limited plan haha.
Well i won't be getting the money in to buy the X for at least another 2 weeks so i have time decide. I just need to know if the bionic can go 3G hehe, i'm sure thats a deciding factor for a lot of people.