I came across this forum and see that there are a lot of helpful people here. Thanks in advance for your invaluable feedback.
I am considering the 8830 offered through my carrier (Verizon) for $149, with a 2-yr contract. I am told that I can add the data service to our Family Plan for an additional $29.99/mo. Additionally, since I travel to Canada 2-3 times per year and I am there for 3 weeks each time, I understand that if I pay $69.99 I can use the data service as if I were here in the U.S. I was told that I can switch back and forth b/w service plans ($29.99 - $69.99) as often as I like at no charge).
Please confirm the above, as I want to ensure that I am not misinformed. Also, it seemed that some posts on this forum that suggest the phone is wi-fi capable and others that suggest it is not. One last point (for information purposes) is that I use Outlook, but an SMTP-based client (i.e. not exchange server-based).