A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, as they say -- and along those same lines, we've found that a phone in the hand is worth two in the press release. We're sure impatient Dare hopefuls would agree with that sentiment; it's all well and good that Verizon has gone official with the thing, but when can we plunk down cash? The carrier's initial statement of "later this month" was a little vague, and fortunately, the interwebs are starting to come to the rescue with rumors that online availability will kick off on June 26 with in-store and telesales following on come July 3. That gives Instinct owners at least a few days to gloat, so enjoy it while you can, boys and girls.

[Via phoneArena]

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Engadget HD Podcast 089 - 06.18.2008