I actually managed to order one when they first went up for sale, within the 20 minutes before they sold out. T-Mobile has a prepaid plan with unlimited text and data and 5GB of 4G (HSPA+) before throttling and 100 minutes of talk for only $30/month, so I got a SIM card activation kit and set that up, and I love it. Not to mention Ann Arbor is one of 163 cities that has T-Mo's 42mbps DC-HSPA+ infrastructure, so it's about as fast as LTE anyways. My biggest grip was the lack of an SD card slot, but 16GB is still enough to pack plenty of content for long trips and I can just stream my music with Google Music. Battery life has been pretty standard for me, I have everything enabled and running and I still have 50% right now after unplugging this morning. The Maxx HD is a great choice though, I'm sure not having to even think about battery is nice.