Congrats to all. I didn't even try the phone route. I did go to a BJ's verizon kiosk....was told they have no idea if the kiosk was going to get it on launch, but that the main stores will definitely have info.
Went to Verizon store near home, person who greets you at door was shocked I knew about it at all and told me to speak to manager. Manager says I have no idea if we will get it. There is no definite dates yet, only rumors. I then told him that you can order online and he just nodded at me like go ahead, but I can't help you.
Best Buy wouldn't match the NE2 without a manager present so that was a no go. Finally went the pre order online route thru verizon. I know I will have it no later than 29th, but if it comes early I will not complain.
For those that got shipping notices, were they emailed to you so I know what to look for when it ships.