Joining the 56%

I am now in a financial situation where I feel comfortable upgrading from my Samsung feature phone on Verizon to a data plan with a smartphone. I just renewed my contract a little over a year ago and I am wondering if Verizon would allow me to purchase a subsidized smartphone since I am for upgrading to a data plan from a basic voice and texts only plan. Anyone been in a similar situation recently? I'll keep my fingers crossed.

After that I just have to make the decision between the HTC One, the Droid Maxx, and the Moto X. It's a toughy.

Thanks!