Hello, Trying an Android phone (HTC Tattoo) in a shop, I couldn't test the diary, because I got the error: "No Gmail account connected, would you create one?" ( THEN THE SELLER TOLD ME: - You cannot call if you have no Gmail account !! - You cannot use many features of an Android phone if you have no Gmail account !! Android looks to be a Google prison, if this above is right. QUESTIONS 1. What are the Android built in features you cannot use without connecting to a Gmail account? 2. For those features, are there third party softwares working without a Gmail account? And what web site do you recommend to find those software? 3. Is this right: Sync/Connect to Gmail account => transfer data => pay the operator. (=> means "involves") In other words: should I really create a (empty/un-used) Gmail account to enjoy an Android phone? Thanks and regards.