Great post from EZ2Wire - Thanks EZ
Being the birdie in question.. let me answer this for you mister numb nuts. Why not read my whole comment.. They had 5000 phones in the FIELD BEFORE The release.. they were sent to GSA contract customers to test the equipment. DUH.. proof you LOVE to bash and love to twist things to Bash.
As for where my info comes from.. I can tell you its a lot more than asking the local Radio Shack guy.. I have been actively collecting info on TSTR for months. My information comes from..
1) A personal friend that works at a US Government agency and was in on the test phase (How I heard about the phone in the first place)
2) AT&T regional representatives (as I would call them asking to buy the phone, etc.., called multiple different representatives.. asking the same questions to come "canned" NDA answers verse.. the "Slip ups")
3) AT&T regional reps that talked to a friend of mine that works for a local police dept and was calling to see how thier county could get them. He works in thier disaster relief dept. and BTW they will be signing a contract for 150 phones and they are a small county. What this tells me is MANY local governments will get the phone.. and most will use it just like any other cell phone the county now supplies to different agencies. Difference is they will be able to communicate in the event of a disaster that puts them in placed they have no service or when the cell network is down. Its CHEPAER than having and maintaining a Motorloa 2 way system in most cases. This is what a LOT of people are missing about why this phone is so game changing.
4) A call to Terrestar themselves (after a number of calls and playing "guess the extension", I got a live person)
I DID go to a few local AT&T stores.. and they knew NOTHING about the phone or service. BUT That was because currently the only departments in AT&T that are selling the phone are the ones sealing with GSA contracts. Specifically thier Government Contract specialists.
I have actually called and tried to get an phone and set up an account. I am currently on a waiting list for when the phone becomes available to small businesses. I was told 1Q 2011 they maybe available for some small businesses and 2Q 2011 for general public.
I will not only be a stockholder I will be a Terrestar customer as soon as I can get one.