Since your contract with Verizon is up, why don't you consider purchasing an unlocked phone this time?
True, you will be paying maybe one or two hundred dollars more for the actual phone BUT you will get more accessories in the box that you would have to buy separately AND you will get a phone that has the menus the way the manufacturer MEANT them to be... that is... with ALL features enabled and you pick what you want.
Service providers notoriously and RITUALISTICALLY take the accessories out of the box they are sent with from the manufacturer of the phone and change the menus around and disable many features that you would probably want to have on your phone. Buy an unlocked one and you'll have it ALL!!!
PLUS, you can get a simm card from any provider and go anywhere you want anytime you want. If one company's service turns to toast go down the road. Not sure who to go with, have a simm card charged with GOPHONE power and decide later (Nokia phones can do that).
I have heard that Verizon modifies their phones to such an extreme that they actually hard wire the simm card in and change blue tooth configurations thus basically controlling the consumer as though they were children. The simm card hard wiring is to ensure that you can't go to another provider. Apple/At&t/Cingular pulled this with the iPhone and it's gonna bite 'em in the buns... or the consumer, rather.
You can't get fantastic phones such as the Nokia N series through Verizon. I've got an N75 and it is so awesome I can't believe it even exists!!!! It blows the doors off anything I've ever seen in my life cell wise. My friends ALL concur.
I wish you luck but in this unstable and crazily competitive marketplace PLEASE consider purchasing your own, UNLOCKED cell phone. You'll have everything you want... not have to buy a bunch of expensive accessories... and don't have to be married to one service provider!
Let us know what you decide! Good luck whatever it is!
Well my contract with verizon is up and it is time to get a new phone (with Verizon). Currently I have a pretty generic LG cell phone which doesn't have many features. It is really only good for making calls and texting which I rarely do (no camera). I am think about getting the either the LG Chocolate (new model probably the Blue Mint) or the VX8700. I really don't know which phone to get. If the VX8700 was the same price as the chocolate then I would probably get it.
Well all opinions are greatly appreciated.