Cell Phone Catch 22
Until I discovered two related problems. The first is that the Incredible is on back order—whether from Amazon or Verizon it is expected to take at least a month. The second was that each phone's account starts when the phone gets to me. Turning it on is necessary to transfer the number, but billing starts immediately.
So if I order three phones and two are sent immediately while mine is delayed a month or two, I will be a customer of both Verizon and T-Mobile and paying both. According to the Verizon representative I talked with over the phone, there is no way of instructing them that I don't want the service plan to start until I have all three phones. It's possible that I could solve the problem by instructing Amazon to send the three phones together, but without confirming that with Amazon it seems a bit risky—and Amazon, so far as I can tell, provides neither telephone nor email access for people who have questions.
So it looks as though we are remaining with T-Mobile until the Incredible is actually available. The silver lining to the cloud is that I get to continue online window shopping of new Android phones. If the rumored Motorola Shadow comes out before the Incredible actually becomes available ... .