Big Upgrading Dilemma

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    Hi there!
    So I'm really caught in a bind here...
    Right now I have an EnV3 with just txt/calling and I really want to delve into the Android awesomeness.
    However, I've been reading up on every tidbit of info on CES and I was originally planning on waiting for the Thunderbolt/Bionic. As of right now, it looks like these phones won't be out for a good 3-4 months (even 2 months is a long time since I'm already so drawn in to getting one).

    So my dilemma basically is:

    A) Make use of Verizon's Smartphones Talk Free to get $240 credit, buy a Droid X (maybe DInc) with my Promo Price Upgrade now (NE2 discount since it's been about 26 months?) and keep it until later this year where I can transfer (I Believe...) an upgrade from another family line.

    B)Wait for the ThunderBolt and maybe use that family line upgrade next year or something if option A is not a logical choice.

    There are several factors that might make me want to wait it out:
    1)I don't know if I get a DX now, I can transfer an upgrade and use it so close to a purchase now.
    2)If I get the DX, can I sell it once I buy just say the Bionic in April or will this incur lots of charges?
    3) No one can answer this now but if I try to get the Bionic I might need to change data plans to 4g... thus ruining my Talk Free Credit.

    I know it's a wall of text but I'm really on the fence, and I don't I can wait if it's option A will rack up lots of charges for activation, termination, etc.
    Thanks so much for any help!
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    Yes you can use another family plan upgrade anytime you want.
    I'm not sure what it costs to activate a new phone but it is probably nominal. ($40?)
    There is no penalty for selling your phone if you get a new one, just canceling your contract.
    If you plan on changing phones often, sign up for 1 year contracts only. It'll cost more for the phone, $70 I believe, but you will get quicker upgrades.

    Hope this helps with some of your questions.
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    Okay thanks a lot!
    In the future I may switch to 1 yr contracts but for right now I'm fine with two as I can pretty much take my mom's upgrade since she is fine with her phone now.
    That nominal activation fee will not be a problem for me then, but I'm not exactly sure what you mean by "cancelling your contract".
    What's vague to me is the period where I switch from the Droid X to the Bionic. I see that I'll need to pay for the Bionic activation, but to do the switch do I need to DEactivate my DX, therefore incurring an Early Termination Fee, which would be $350??
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    Switching phones will just incur the activation fee. Canceling your contract would be dropping a line, or leaving Verizon entirely.
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    Awesome. It looks like I'll be joining the Android world very soon!
    Thanks again for the clarification.