Verizon is currently running a BOGO Special on the DRIOD 3 and a $100/line gift card. The phones would be $170 (total) and we'll have to add two data packages at an extra $30/month/line.
T-Mobile has what seems to be the same phone (G2x) "free" (+ $35/line activation) and the data/phone plan is $10/month less.
The T-Mobile DROID is 4G capable, but I'm not sure about the Verizon one. That's not much of a selling point, because were not in areas that have 4G that often.
So basically, it's looking like it will cost $100 to switch to T-Mobile, but we'd be saving $10/month. We do a fair amount of traveling pretty close to the middle of nowhere, so I am worried about T-Mobile service and the extra (net) $140 over an anticipated 2-year lifespan of the phone seems worth sticking with Verizon. Am I missing anything?
U.S. Cellular was briefly tempting; however, their best Android phone in our area is an older, slower, non-dual processor Android phone.
I really liked the G2x when I messed around with it in the store. I seriously considered ditching AT&T and picking up a G2x and a G-Slate tablet, and saving $20 a month with a data plan on both devices.
You are not going to have great coverage in some areas, especially remote places. My girlfriend has T-Mobile, and I have AT&T. The only advantage her coverage has is that it works in grocery stores, where I typically lose signal.
At Verizon, I really liked the Samsung Charge the best out of all of the Android phones I've tried out. That one doesn't sound like an option at this point, but it was a really nice phone.