After lurking around your wonderful forum for a month or so i finally took the plunge. I brought an entire dossier of print outs of different prices and rebates to the sprint kiosk at the local mall. The guy gave it to me for $319 and no activation fee. The price he matched was an onlline offer after rebates!!
Thanks for your help everybody. I look foward to tweaking this thing to my liking. Out of the box this is already one of the coolest gadgets I've ever owned, and I have some gadgets. Thanks for saving me some dough!