This thread is very reassuring. I just got worried because I hit 5 gigs of space because I reinstalled a computer and used my phone to update everything.
Something I never do usually.
From reading this thread, sounds like 5 gig won't cause a red flag and their are others who need to worry when they start downloading torrents, and wares, and do gaming... THAT I assume causes red flags.
Also and as far as VZW is concerned about tethering is you need to look at the palm pre they have now. My wife has one it has an app pre-installed that allows you to use the phone as a wifi hotspot supporting up to 5 computers. And we only pay for the unlimited data plan, no extra fees to use it. I called VZW and spoke to several different reps before we used it to ensure we didnt incur any charges for using it, and they all said no, covered by our data plan. Same data plan used for the Droid.
Chuck Norris was once asked why he doesn't use an iphone, he responded, "Same reason I don't use tampons."
BnB made a good point. Just use common sense. I know people who tether off their eris like it is a home modem and have not been burnt yet.
This is how I look at it; If I set Xscope or Dolphin to desktop user agent I will get the same site as if I loaded it from my computer. Just stay away from torrents. I would not recommend you use it all the time as you home modem. But to tether your netbook for an hour or two is not going to pull more gigs then using your droid (depending on the sites you go to ). I did a comparison for the month I tethered vs months I used my phone and it was not that big of a difference.
That is mainly because I will run pandora or moodio.fm all day.
There are ways Verizon can GUESS you are tethering, but checking the browser's User Agent String is not one of them.
The big determining factor of the viability of any connection for online gaming is latency. Satellite gets decent transfer speeds but have absolutely awful latency (you're sending your **** through space!). As long as the latency isn't too bad going over 3G then most online games should be fairly playable - and they shouldn't leave too big a "bandwidth footprint".