Costco has them for $499 plus tax, and they give you $60 worth of free movies...They also have a 90 day, 100% customer satisfaction return warranty policy. You can pick them up inside the store I believe or order online. I was told by Costco that you would pay tax, it is shipped from WA to CA. Click link for ad: Mobile Phones with Free Shipping and Activation - Mobile Phone Plans from AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless
$60 movie rebate ends Jan 8, 2011. Click link for ad: http://membershipwireless.com/Market..._Promotion.pdf
Here's the latest after what felt like hours on the phone between Verizon and Costco:
This is what Costco told me. (VZ referred me to Costco also because they said they did not know) Galaxy is $499 plus tax, and you must sign up for at least one month of data at a minimum of $20 billed later by VZ, activated inside the store, 90 day unconditional return policy, one year warranty from date of purchase (assuming replacement unit is mailed to you before you are required to return broken unit), no cancellation fee, $35 activation fee waived, service is with Verizon, after the one month is over you are free to discontinue using VZ Mobile Broadband and can then use it free at places that have free WiFi.
Can anyone else suggest other places that are better, cheaper...?