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"FREE IS WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR NOTHING OR DO NOTHING"
- (lyrics) "Teenage Wind", Frank Zappa
Android is free by any reasonable definition
Slightly over the top in one aspect of its security does not make it on-free
Imagine someone panicking in a dark parking lot, fumbling a few times trying to unlock their phone too quickly because they are about to be raped or murdered, and up pops a "Please Enter Your Google Account Info" screen that blocks the person from making a call that could have brought help...
You do not need a Google account to use an android phone. ......... On install when it asks you for account details you can simply press skip.
I would try connecting the usb cable, and see if it can access the net through your PC?
Don't blame Android on the fact that your daughter's friends can't keep their hands to themselves. The phone did the right thing.
Hope this gets you fixed up.
"Free" only has one meaning in my dictionary