I'm out of contract and have been for a long time. I have a 3 phone family plan and was all excited to switch to Verizon so I can get better phones. My thinking was, that if I simply dumped Alltel and got Verizon I'd end up paying all the signup costs (100 bucks?) to become a new Verizon customer. However, I thought if the billing merger was a month or two out, I could tough it out, become a Verizon customer and then upgrade my phones. The upgrade wouldn't require me to pay the 100 dollars in fees. [or so I think] If its really gonna be much later this year, I guess it makes sense to suck it up and switch now? Thoughts? Do you think they are gonna do anything nice (phone discounts etc) to the people who wait out the Alltel merger fully?