Also BoostMobile you can have unlimited from everything for a low payment of $50/mo. Unlike Verizon that charge you $30 on top of a family plan that is $89 and is not unlimited I believe. Getting 2 Boostmobile phones plus Magic Jack = lots of saving. ;) :icon_ banana:
2. You need to have the data package to activate the phone.
3. It's decent, not great if you are coming from a dumbphone. I have yet to drain the phone <50% of battery life in one day although I would be considered a light user. Either way, charge it when you sleep and the phone should be more than enough to last you 24 hours even with fairly heavy use. I do keep a phone charger in my car as I hear navigation tends to gnaw away at the battery life. Plus if I'm using it as my primary navigation device, I'd like it to have juice when I get to my desired destination.
4. The gold piece is a D-Pad. Not very useful normally but great for games. Especially since there is no multitouch on the screen yet.
1. Yes, the Droid does have wi-fi capabilities. However, when purchasing the Droid, you are still required to have the $30 data plan with Verizon.
2. See #1. While you can strictly use wi-fi for browsing the web if you desire, you still have to pay for the $30 data plan. There's no option here. It's a requirement. Aside from money, the reason that you are required to have a data plan is that you just won't have nearly as good of an experience with the phone if you lack a data plan. You really do need one to take full advantage of the phone. Without a data plan, the phone would be pretty lame. Might as well just get an iPod touch and a dumb phone then.
3. It's really, really hard to give an accurate estimate for battery life. Some people claim they can get up to 2 days worth of battery life with minimal use. I might be able to believe that, but given that I love my phone too much to deny it much attention for 48 hours, I haven't personally been able to confirm or deny this. I'm at 7 hours 30 minutes off the charger, and I'm sitting at 50% battery life. That's having run at 100% brightness for most of the time the screen was active (was walking outside, and playing music between classes), browsing the internet quite a bit before class, and listening to a half an hour of music. I figure that's pretty good, or par for the course. YMMV, of course.
4. The d-pad. Very convenient for small-text links, or, as previously stated, for emulators of any sort. Really nice for emulators. :)
edit: Case in point for number 3, I suppose. I've been working on homework for the past hour and a half, and other than quickly checking my email when my notification light was blinking (screen at 0% brightness), I didn't use my phone at all. Time off the charger is now over 9 hours, and still at 50% charge. :)
edit2: 10.5 hours, 50% charge still.