We had to drive a bit, since the T-Mobile stores nearest us were out, out, out of them, or hadn't been shipped any, or something like that. In any event, we had to drive to Springfield (about 15 miles out of our way) to get one.
We also ended up switching our service to T-Mobile, in consequence. The sporting sales representative thoughtfully found me a phone she could give me for no extra charge, since I *didn't* want a Google phone, at this point. Total charges for our new combo plan, plus Eric's new phone: about $230.
Now, I owe Sprint $400 for ending our Sprint contract ($200 for his line, $200 for mine) prematurely, but over time it will turn out to be worth it, I think. T-Mobile does this type of plan called "My Faves", where you can select 5 numbers you call. Calls to those 5 numbers never count against your plan minutes, and thus are effectively free, and you can change any or all of the 5 every month. Since most of my calling is to a very few people, this should save me money, at least.
Best of all, even though I don't have a Google phone, I don't need to go to a store to transfer my phone directory to a new phone. My phone, like Eric's, has a sim card, and T-Mobile makes it possible for you to transfer your information by hooking up your phone to your computer with a USB cable and downloading from a special passworded area of their website.
So we drove home (in the rain) and stopped at a Starbucks for restorative hot beverages (in the increasing downpour) and now we are home, and in all that time he barely stopped fiddling with the phone to put it in his pocket to protect it each time we ventured out into the wet. Right now, he's assigning ringtones to his contacts. I expect he'll be toying with it for the rest of the night.