okay thank you a ton for the information. it helps out a tonVerizon told me that if you get the phone somewhere other than Verizon, you will have to take\send the phone back to where you got it from if there is a problem. Verizon would only supply service (data, talk, etc).
Also, some places (ie: letstalk, wirefly, cellstores) will charge you a hefty fee if you're late on a service contract payment (to Verizon) during the first 6 months and there's other conditions that can result in big fees. Not saying the ones I listed will all do that but they do have some interesting fine print.
I got my Droid from Verizon for $100 (2 for price of 1 with family plan). I paid the "extra" rather than going to an authorized retailer. I also wanted Verizon's insurance, some of the other places offer a "cell phone club membership" (anything but the word "insurance") or some other crap that just seemed funny... with more fine print.Shipping & Returns
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My new phone was defective and goofed up after a few days, well past 60 minutes of talk time.
I walked into the Verizon store and they gave me a brand new one. I wouldn't have been very happy if I would have had to ship the thing back and wait a few days to get another.
If you do get it from a retailer, just remember that the only thing you can do at Verizon is change and cancel your plan.
Read as much of the fine print as you can from the retailers.
I paid a little more than the retailers just to get Verizon's in-store support for the next two years and avoid some of the silly stuff.