I take this as a definite confirmation, especially coming from Mark Rejhon and Barjohn, both of which I've read articles from that have helped me immensly with blackberry. Definate thanks to SDCABBFAN as well, Barjohn and Mark Rejhon just cemented your response.
I am on the phone with Cingular ordering it NOW and I found out, as an IBMer, I qualify for $199 pricing!
$199 pricing for IBMers requires:
Unlimited Data Plan - Check..
$39.99 Voice Plan - Check.. its the minimum anyways!
I just checked out ebay and it looks like used 7290's with no contact are goin for around $150!