Is it just me or does the OP sound a little like it undermines the mountains of work that the Devs do in order to put functional ROMs onto our phone?
That said-you'd have better luck getting a cat not to eat a fish. I think I mentioned this elsewhere but VM isn't exactly known for putting in updates.
ICS is supposed to support *all* hardware back to what would be considered "legacy" now. If what I read is understood. Although the comment about Google "suggesting" and not "implementing" doesn't help my concerns.
Also-has anyone been paying attention? Last year it was all about "FroYo" and "GB". Now everyone is screaming "ICS!!!!!". I get it, I like the idea too, and I'm sure that dedicated people will ensure CM9 and other ICS-based ROMs are on the phone.
But as for official support-I just don't see much of a point. I'm not trying to be a downer or anything but VM isn't exactly receptive or responsive when it comes to these things. Listen to b_randon!