A month later, but I just saw this. I have the LG Lotus, and I see that they still have the Lotus available for free in my area. If you haven't switched yet, here's the scoop:
I love the Lotus. I have but one real complaint about it and that's the fact that I can't download or upload anything from the internet to it via either the built-in browser, Opera, or Bolt. Outside of that, the Lotus is simply the closest thing you can get to a smartphone without it being a smartphone. I have all of my business email accounts accessible through the built in email client, video playback keeps me sane/awake during long meetings, the music player is "meh" but it works, and I have used it for tethered internet in the past.