Verizon doesnt have the resources (thankgod) to encrypt bootloaders. They make the recomendations to the manufacturer. Encrypting a bootloader means its Locked. Nexus devices are GED Dev devices and therefor require the bootloader to be accessable. Every other VZW device has some sort of lock on the bootloader, except D1 and Xoom. Others may be unlocked via third party or HTC allows on some via web, but not ideal.
Locked or unlocked, this is the phone I want. I think we can all agree it's the only phone being released with the "whole package."
We're getting ICS from the start, which is a huge selling point personally, just having that new OS will feel very refreshing.
I agree that we should be worried, Verizon has never given us any reason not to, so hopefully it's unlocked, if not, we'll deal with it later.
The nexus is a development phone it has to be easily unlocked. Googe and vzw will release it like they do the other nexus phones. Like someone said above, it may ship locked but be easily unlock-able and ready to go.
The only thing regarding a lock and this phone should be the two year contract I lock myself into when I get it.
I don't think we'll have a problem with the bootloader, but I don't think we'll be able to avoid atleast a smidgen of bloatware, thankfully, one of ICS's new features is making that nasty stuff vanish.
You can't believe everything you read on the internet, that's how WWI got started.