So I bit the bullet and got one of these:
NEW MOTOROLA DROID 3 UNLOCKED VERIZON XT862 ANDROID | eBay
Expensive, I know. It's coming in a few days. I plan to activate it on Koodo Mobile in Canada (subsidiary of Telus, operates CDMA (probably not going to work) and HSPA with SIM).
Koodo has instructions for setting up the new APN and MMS services and has confirmed that the phone should work on their network if it's unlocked.
Before buying it off E-bay, I was thinking about getting one through Verizon via a family member in Seattle and getting it officially unlocked, but the VZ guy told me that "they don't unlock phones" and that if I wanted it unlocked, I'd have to contact Motorola at 1 800 331 6456 (in case that helps anyone). That sounded dubious, so I went with one that was supposed to be unlocked off Ebay instead.
So I have some questions: as a person who is new to smartphones (but still a pretty techy guy in general), what cool stuff should I do with it?
I've heard that the phone is locked out of working on GSM networks in the US, but what if I want to roam from Canada (with my Canadian SIM) when I travel in the US. Will it work? Would I be better off buying Pay-as-you-go service from VZ in the US when I'm there? Will it switch to CDMA and roam via VZ's network?
Any experiences that you have had would be interesting to hear!