I just tried installing my first custom ROM this morning (UD10) with SPRecovery. The install worked fine but I assumed that since the install instructions said to perform a "wipe data\factory reset" that I would have to re-activate my phone. There are some handy features with the custom phone app but it unfortunately does not provide an on screen keyboard after dialing *228, so I couldn't activate. I was able to make an outgoing call tho.
What are the implications of an unactivated phone?
Is there a way to tell if my phone is activated?
If I make a nandroid backup with SPRecovery of an "activated" image, with that activation still be in place when I restore the backup?
What wipes (data, cache, etc) that I can perform from SPRecovery will cause me to have to re-activate the phone after the recovery?