(Even more insane, I'm going to drop my month-to-month unlimited data plan for the carrier subsidy and re-up with BigRed for 2 years - but that's a topic for another time)
Anyway, what I wanted to ask was this: is there any reason that I should insist that the VZW rep just leave the phone in the box rather than activating it in the store (and risking an OTA update)?
I'm comfortable doing the activation later if there is a credible reason to take the phone home and check it's bootloader version info before I boot it normally for the first time. (I suspect that the Note 3 inventories are moving at a good clip, so a unit bought from a VZW store might have recent firmware anyway).
Apologies for the lame question; I had 4 candidate phones in mind (Sammy S4, LG G2, HTC One) and didn't have much time to become an expert in the current state of affairs about rooting all of them... other than to note that Samsung has recently become much more restrictive in the past couple of months (e.g. with the S4/Knox stuff).