This phone has intrigued me since it was announced and I don't normally go for sliders but the positive reviews make it desirable.
I have an Eris now and am 10ish months out on my next upgrade but I'm hoping I can convince them to let me upgrade early if I say the right things.
Good luck. If you're the primary line on the account you can pay 20 bucks to upgrade early, but if you aren't, they're pretty unsympathetic to you wanting to upgrade early. I even offered to pay the etf on my phone to upgrade, but they wouldn't let me do that and keep my number. :\ Luckily I have another line with an upgrade I can use. Now i just need the Merge to come out
I don't get why everyone goes for these 2yr contracts. On everything but my primary line, I always go for the 1 year contract. You pay only $30 more for the phone, but get an upgrade a full year ($9.99x12 = $120) earlier.
Now on the primary line, this doesn't matter, because Verizon lets you upgrade once a year as long as you keep renewing for 2 years.
I have never been able to not use an upgrade for a new device using this system. And if I have an upgrade sitting for more then 3-4 months, I purchase a new phone, don't open it, and sell it on ebay as brand new. Usually getting about $400-450 depending on the device. So 1yr contract price of Droid 2 ($229), sold for $422, minus 1 year add a line ($120), no insurance because I sell the phone anyway, nets ~$75. I'm not doing it for the money, but its better than letting my upgrade sit and me paying subsidized prices without having a subsidized phone.
Moral of the story, use My Account to purchase phones on your primary, and get 1 yr contracts for all your secondaries.
Looks like Verizon and HTC are awarding 6 Merge phones as prizes in a contest in Seattle this weekend. Verizon Urban Challenge - Seattle | Presented by HTC That has to be a sign this phone is coming soon, right?