This seems to happen with virtually every hotly-anticipated device Verizon ever offers, so we can't say we're too surprised to hear rumors that Motorola's Droid X has already started showing up in customers' hands. Usually, this happens through a combination of persistence, repeated calls to customers service, and finding just the right rep who doesn't realize that he or she shouldn't be selling a particular device yet -- but in the case of the Droid X, Verizon's been teasing the launch with its @DroidLanding Twitter account, saying "you might get yours before" the official July 15 release. In other words, we think we're in the process of getting punked by some viral marketing... but hey, if you're getting punked by something, it might as well be one of the baddest-ass Android phones around.
*Verizon has acquired AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.