Field tidbits from Engadget's mobile insider, The Boy Genius.

After we heard that the 755p had finally (finally) passed Verizon's battery of tests yesterday, it seemed inevitable that a launch was imminent -- but wowza, we didn't realize just how imminent! Look for the launch to go down next Monday, December 17 online and on the horn with a follow-on release in physical stores come January 7. Now here's where it gets crazy: Verizon looks to command a hearty $449.99 for this sucker on a two-year contract, so we can only hope that there'll be some significant rebateage going on out of the gate.

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