That'd be preferred. I guess we'll find out on the 24th :-P
I'm buying mine straight out, not due for an upgrade till August. I'm not the type who needs the latest and greatest, wife messed up at x-mass thinking we were not getting each other stuff. So she is really pushing me a little to get it to make up for x-mass (I'm not pushing back...lol).
It's true that Best Buy is almost always higher than Verizon on phones but they have a 30 price match. So I will pay there price and then if it is lower from Verizon I will go back to Best Buy and be refunded the difference.
A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
Only the Skilled Survive
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
Drill Sergeant Frick's Rules For Un-armed Combat.
1. Never be unarmed.
2. See Rule #1
USMC rule # 23 of gunfighting: Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
... and since VZW is clearly trying to lock people in to two year contracts (esp since the annual upgrade is gone, meaning less subsidized devices they'll have to sell)... it makes sense for them to hike up the full retail price of a device... thus encouraging you to sign a 2 yr and get the reduced price
they're not nice, but they also aren't stupid!