lets back up. Tell him to click the green android and create a gmail account.
the four corners droidman said bypasses all that so yup. But he will eventually have to log in and activate the phone before it will work, and download apps. Actually he will need the sdcard for downloading apps because it saves the files on the sdcard.
Ultimate Droid, do not laugh! I had Bugless Beast running on it but with the freeze recently with Pete from bugless I thought it would be nice to ship the phone with a ROM like UD 8.0 that has so many options at his fingertips as he is new to Android.