Alright thanks for all the help guys, I'm gonna get started.....
What VZW charges $30 for is mobile broadbandaccess; which uses the device as a modem. Android wifi tether simply "streams" the Droid's data connection over an ad-hoc wifi network to the connected device. I'd assume the version built into Froyo is based on the apk available over at code.google.com; the only difference being the functionality is built-in instead of requiring a seperate app.
I actually called VZW to "complain" about the lack of free wifi tether on the Droid, while the Pre Plus gets it for free. The lady didn't say anything solid, but the way she answered me hinted that it MIGHT be free on the Droid series as well. I asked "Why does the pre plus get free wifi tether, and not the Moto Droid?" - she said something to the effect of "I cannot discuss specifics of our promotions, but it would make sense that the same thing would be available for the Droid if it appears in a future OS version"
Since I made the call 2 days ago, I took that as a hint that it may be upcoming in Froyo. Like all things in the tech world, you have to take comments like this with a grain of salt; though. In the end, we won't know until Froyo launces.
I dont want to get into that debate here, if it's OK. I dont know who's paying for the Palm Pre service -- my money is that Palm is eating the cost, or cut a deal with VZW to try and help their sales against the Droid.
I dont know, I just dont want to thread hijack. We'll know when we know. I honestly hope I'm wrong, I just dont imagine a solvent business where free things make sense.
I think the droid is impossible to brick. I even attempted to try and brick the phone. While flashing ti back to 2.0.1 i unplugged the phone. The phone turned off then i restarted it. It went to a white screen with nothing on it. It then procced to boot up it went into a boot loop so i just reflashed the sbf file. It is 99.9999999% impossible to brick this phone.
Root it! I was apprehensive several months ago before I rooted but trust me .... it's way better.