The good news is that my new smartphone showed up in the mail today.
The bad news is the difficulty in hooking up to Verizon. It is the same model as the one I gave to Kubota.
Verizon refuses to hook up my new phone unless I "update my plan" even though it is EXACTLY the same set of phone models from a week ago.
It also grinds me that Verizon charged me $40 to hook up the flip-phone that I have been using to bridge the last few days.
I will drop Kubota off at school tomorrow and then wait until the Verizon store opens near the mall. I expect getting this one activated will take groveling and another $40 even though I have the SIM card and tried my darnest to get it to go.
PS: Big shout-out to Ed Bonderenka for telling me about Samsung S5 phones. Thanks!