I know Android is owned by the Google Corporation but is there really any need to have to register your email address, or create a new google one if you dont already have one, with your phone network?? I have absolutely no reason or desire to allow Google to be able to access the content of my SMS, my calender, or the content of any applications. Conversely have you looked at what these applications, whom Google has recently stated are trustworthy, can actually access from your phone?? For example, the Google Search app can read calender data, write calender data, read contact data etc. I'm with Orange. Not Google. Can these settings be turned off, as you would turn off application settings on a PC by using Zone Alarm for example. The HTC sense app can even access SMS or MMS. I am a little paranoid sure, but i feel i have the right not to trust whomsoever i choose , including Google, whose privacy violations have recently been the subject of much press coverage. Thoughts for this Winston Smith? Ta.