Re: Sounds risky
> You still have to run the core Google proprietary stuff or else the phone doesn't work at all.
That may be true of some Android phones, but it is _NOT_ true of Android in general. examples such as Amazon Fire, Nokia/Microsoft X, Cyanogenmod and many Chinese phones do not have Google proprietry stuff and still work fine.
On those phones you can still access services and can even get Google services if you want them.
> And -possibly more to the point- allow it access to the internet otherwise -again- nothing works.
Nonsense. Phones can phone, message and such without internet access, they can even run local apps. If you want to use an internet service then you will have to .... access the internet.