Of course, but it's like that Engadget article that dreadnatty posted a few posts up. The carriers are exploiting Android. I'm fine if you want to sell the damn device at a profit. You want to make a Google Experience version of the Fascinate and sell it for $250 like the Epic is? Fine, make the money that way. Don't go degrading the user experience for everyone. I'd rather pay $250 for a $200 experience than $200 for a free-with-contract feature-phone experience if that's what it has to come to. Better yet, you can sell the Fascinate just the way it is right now, but unlock the bootloader. That way, you make your money off your deal with Microsoft and those that have root can use custom ROMs compiled from AOSP. What is the advantage of denying us root? At least with the Droid, you just cannot brick the phone by rooting. Again, it comes to the fact that they want to charge you $30/mo extra for tethering.