Edit: Just realized that this thread may be better fit in a different subforum (i.e. Droid 2 Global). Initially thought that this subforum covered all Droid 2 models, but I'm beginning to think otherwise. Mods feel free to move it.
Greetings. First off, please note that the thread title glosses over a few things regarding my scenario.
I may have finally been given the opportunity to move out from under my rock. I'm up to inherit a friend's Droid 2 Global, as he upgraded to an iPhone4. Until then, I'm still on my antique phone (I use a frickin' color dot matrix, polyphonic-sound Nokia), and this will hopefully mark my overdue entrance into today's world of smartphones and tablets The newest electronic device I can think of that I own is my ~5-year-old laptop. Anyway, up until this point, I've paid little to no regard to the contemporary technologies and whatnot, so I am pretty much hit by a truckload of things to learn in order to catch up to 2011. Even though I've put in my token effort to do my homework first, please understand that there're are just some things I couldn't get answered with my own Google Fu. Since I feel like I'm about to ask some potentially mundane questions but am also anticipating having to root the phone and perform whatever other warranty-voiding work, allow me to attempt to preempt any assumptions that I'm an absolutely computer illiterate luser. Here's some background: I consider myself a Windows desktop power user of >10 years, and Ubuntu has been my primary OS for the past couple of years; I'm also an upper division Computer Science student. I've unlocked/flashed a few phones and customized their software myself before. I'm also the %#@$ing tech guy in all of my rings of friends when they're having computer issues.
For the most part, the desired primary uses to get out of this device are to read up on my tech news websites, Pandora, IM, and to watch youtube/skin flicks while on the john. Perhaps the CompSci student in me also wants to dig deeper in to the phone beyond throwing on custom ROMs/apks at some point if plausible.
Now, for my actual question(s).
1) The issue is, I'm on a different carrier (from what I understand, D2Gs can not ever be unlocked to any U.S. carriers other than from who the phone came from edit: not true. see later post?) with no data plan; just have x number of minutes with no data and no text. For that reason, I'm hoping to be able to at least get full utility from this phone like something such as the iTouch device with wifi (of course minus mobile data plan connection capability, if iTouches are able to connect that way). Further, it seems that, in order to be granted ample functionality, I must be logged in with a Google account. Now, whatever Google account you wish to log in with needs to be associated with an Android phone. This looks like a problem for me, because tying a phone to a Google account requires a phone number. Or, am I fretting over nothing / perceiving the issue to be bigger than it is? Naturally, the original owner doesn't want his Google account always logged in to someone else's (well, actually his but out of his hands) mobile device.
2) Do features actually get stripped in any way (besides not having access to paid-for apps) if you're not logged in to a Google account (with associated Android phone)?
Could've sworn I had a couple more questions. Guess I can ask them later.