When Google kills your account, what happens to your Android phone?

When the G-force kills your Google account, bad things can happen to your handset. Prepare yourself before it's too late.

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[UPDATE: After this item posted I heard back from my Google contact, who says setting up an email client to access Gmail via POP or IMAP will download all your mail, not just your new messages -- something that's not at all clear from the Data Liberation Web site. My apologies for the error.]

(For more Gmail backup options, see here and here.)

Getting your data back from Google is far too complicated than it should be. And from all accounts, dealing with Google after your account has been terminated is Kafkaesque at best. Let’s hope it never happens to you or me.

Remember, just because a service is technically free doesn’t mean it won’t cost you bigtime down the road.

 ITworld TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan is starting to think he’s got too many eggs in Google’s baskets. Visit his less serious side on eSarcasm or follow him on Twitter: @tynan_on_tech.

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