I would like to get a pair of these for my wife and myself, but if they put the $9.99/mo data plan on there it will kill it for me.
I spoke with a couple of LG folks today but they could not tell me very much. The primary things I found out were that LG really has no power over Verizon's final decision on the data plan; the best they can do is suggest that the phone be offered with optional data plan. The people I spoke to also thought it would be difficult to find one of the devices for sale at an independent retailer before Verizon has them in their stores, and they had no idea when Verizon was planning to release the device.
While in a Verizon Authorized Dealer yesterday inquiring about the device, the purchasing manager there said something to the effect of "it should hit sometime this week" but when pressed further he said he could not say for sure.
I'm going to call Verizon customer support in the morning and see if I can find out any more, and I'll be sure to post anything I find out.
Reading PeterB's post about getting some of these in his store really got my blood pumping, but I have not yet found a truly independent retailer in my area (every store I've gone in has had the Verizon Authorized Dealer logo).