Unfortunately I agree with you. Rooting the phone as become too widespread and there are too many retards out there trying to root the phone just so they can be cool, but don't have the intellectual wherewithal to pull it off. Droidforums.net is getting sunk with buffoons in the hacks section asking completely moronic questions in broken english and poor grammar, betraying their sub 100 IQ, lack of age, lack of wisdom, or all the above and insisting on the right to root their phone.
Rooting is something that should be done by tinkerers and those who belong to intelligensia. Not morons! The problem is that these morons are ruining the party for everyone.
It's just like buying a car. If I go buy a brand new car hot off the floor, then go home and overhaul the engine, if something runs amiss with the work I did, I'm not going to go charging into the car dealership demanding they warranty my inability to properly aftermarket my car. That's what rooting is people! Aftermarket customization!
Here's my solution. Since there is a database of people who have rooted their phone, they need to bake into the warranty that the only warranty exists for people who accept the latest official firmware upgrades. Thus shunning the rooted fraudsters. Since you have the database, use it!
Carriers: tell the low IQ rooted crowd tough noogies if they bring a bricked phone in for warranty that you know is rooted. That's it! Problem solved. If you want to make the root process a little trickier, you are only going to be inviting morons to brick their phone with a tricky root process. Just make it relatively easy (aka: OG Droid easy), but let them know up front that rooting = voided warranty, and then stick to your guns. In terms of tething, most reports show that just about everyone will use less than 5 gigs, even us tether-in-a-pinchers. It's (again) the morons who are tethering their phones to their PS3's or doing online multiplayer that (again) is ruining the party. How bout this, just throttle after 5gig (but we're free to use it however we please, you know...since we paid for it and all), and flip the switch after 7. So once they use 7 gigs that's the ballgame. I'm ok with that. I use wifi whenever possible, Opera mini (90% data compression) for browsing, and if I need to tether, I do it responsibly. Get on, don't check out 720p youtube videos (you know...common sense) and get out. I use the tethering primarily for business. And if it were not available for free, no I would not pay for it at all.