I am carefully watching the release of the droid, and watching to see if the tech wizards manage to root it, as I have a rooted G1, and prefer the many advantages of rooting, including tethering. In that regard, I just read elsewhere that Verizon says tethering is coming to the droid in early 2010, in the form of a $30 per month option. Story here:
Verizon confirms Droid tethering option, hefty price tag - Network World
If I traveled a lot and stayed in chi chi hotels that charge 12.99 per night for wifi, then I would gladly pay the $30 per month, but I use my rooted G1 only infrequently to tether when my home broadband goes down, for an hour or so, perhaps once every month or two, and I never abuse tethering. So tethering is not worth $30 per month to me.
Anyway, I wonder, given this news from Verizon, if they will 1) try to block droid owners from rooting their phones, and/or 2) try to catch droid owners (who have not purchased the $30/mo option) using their phones to tether, and if they do, slap them financially or cancel them.
It is factual that in the past, on VZ's so-called "unlimited" smartphone data plans, if you went over 5 gig per month, they just cancelled your account, end of story -- pretty draconian. Whereas T-Mobile has a 10 gig per month limit, and if you hit it, they just slow down your data transfer rate, nothing more.
Time will tell. Should be interesting ...