"Soon" means after Verizon tests it, which could easily mean another month before we see the update.
Or the month after that, or the month after that.....
They've officially stated by the end of the 1st quarter. I realize it's cool to say that large corporations are evil and all, but I don't see a problem with them hitting that date. They're definitely going to delay it to the very last second as NOTHING ever comes out ahead of schedule, but by the end of March should be easy.
I have a question for those all who are in despair about the update:
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I am an Android developer. However, If you even as much as marginally read on different UI's, Android itself, the complexities of testing the phone and update with different types of service (4-0 Bars, 3G, 1X, etc), then you would know that it takes a little bit more than a month to thoroughly and correctly test and serve this update to you.
And lets not forget Google just released the 2.1 APK what...a few weeks ago?
C'mon. Be fair and rational.
I've said it once and I'll say it again: Just because Android is the center of our mobile device world, it doesn't mean that it is to HTC, or Verizon, Or Motorola.
Some people are already receiving their 2.1 update. Don't get to excited but hear is the link. Unfortunately i have the droid and have to wait for it a little longer.
I would disagree that there isn't a way to force check for an update. You can initiate the dialer (click phone) and enter *#*#checkin#*#* (*#*#2432546#*#*). Within 30sec you'll get a notification in your Notification Bar reporting success or failure. From everything that I've read, this will force your phone to check for a new update.