Both of my lines on a family plan with unlimited data are eligible for an upgrade 10/19/12. Tried 4 times to get them to move me up, even to October 1st and no luck. I have been told on multiple occasions that if I wanted to upgrade to an android device, it's no problem to do early. The reps claim vzw has a contract with apple that prevents them from moving upgrade dates. 1) is this true? If so, why would apple want that? Earlier upgrades = more phone sales. 2) any non-ridiculous way to get the phone earlier without buying it for $650? Thanks!