There is a less expensive route. I called Cingular (currently had an 8700 and was a little over a year into my current contract) and asked for the 8800. The lady said sure as long as I recommit to a new two year contract. I agreed as long as they would discount the phone some more. She sold it to me for $200 and I got to use the $50 mail in discount.
Just ask for what you want...it's a novel concept.