In the interest of full disclosure, I will tell you that I am a 14 year veteran of Verizon. But I work on the landline side of the business, and have no connection to the wireless business.
I currently use a Blackberry Storm 9530. Not a bad phone, but the Droid really caught my eye. I just got the Storm in May, so I was not eligible for a contract price upgrade on the Droid.
I called *611 to ask how much they would charge me to activate a Droid if I managed to get a deal on eBay, etc. To my surprise, they offered me the Droid for $199. Not even the "$299 minus a mail-in rebate" deal- just $199 straight up.
So it is due to arrive Thursday via FedEx, and I'll have to drop by the local VZW store to have my contacts transferred over. (Unless something has changed since May, VZW doesn't have an online contacts backup for Blackberry, and I don't know if the Droid has it... I'll poke around here for that info.)
So that's my story in a nutshell. I'm going to go and start perusing these forums for reviews, thoughts, issues, surprises, etc. before I start asking questions of anyone.
To whoever set up the forum- thank you! Very glad it's here.