I'm all about last year's technology...optimal bang for the buck. I'll let the beautiful people fight each other tooth and nail at the Apple store for the latest iPhone while I shop with the illegals at Radio Shack.
My Dad picked up the I2 for free a few months back by signing up for a two year plan. A bargain if you are expecting to stick with Verizon anyway. The monthly plans are much cheaper but I wouldn't trust their networks. My brother is dropping AT&T due to dropped calls and Sprint is the worst.