You sure they are doing pre-orders? I just called twice, 1 guy told me No, other guy jsut said he will call me on the 6th.
I have 4 lines, one eliglible for NE2 -- not the line I want a Droid on. Best Buy said they couldn't swap the eligibility even though the FAQ on verizon's site says it is ok to do. So I called Verizon, ordering was easy and took no time! Swapping eligibility was fine with them.
i ordered via the phone and got the rebate instant. they usually give it to you (well they have to me) when i've asked them. because i always get everything billed to my account.