I have a Droid 3 replacing a faulty Droid 2. Plugging in the droid 2 with the same cable/computer brings up the usb connection on the notification bar. Only charging status came up on the replacement droid 3. I had them send me another droid 3. Same issue. I asked a lady with motorola tech support tier two to try to simulate the correct function on one of her demos, and she said the notification bar came up for her. I took my phone into a verizon store. Neither I nor an employee, whom also had a droid 3, could get a notification bar option to come up, testing a variety of cables/computer usb ports. The employee said I should wait for a update and that might fix it. I have 90days on this phone now to find a solution. I could try to root it and add a ROM that has a settings option for setting usb mode (vs automated detection), hope for an update (or even ICS!) to come out within 90 days, deal with no tethering/data sync, or try to get another phone. If there are people out there with working droid 3 usb mode connections - It makes me think I should try for another phone.