The biggest challenge I have seen with getting rid of my Google Account is that I don’t really want to get rid of it 100%. I plan on getting rid of the account I have been using because it is the only way to delete some things. For example i moved out my Google Voice number but all my call records and voice mail cannot be removed unless i manually delete them or if i delete the entire account. With thousands of log entries and voice mail i won’t be doing any manual deletions so nuking my entire account is the only option.
Since i want to delete everything i will lose anything i cannot backup or move. For example any purchased Android app’s and media I won’t be able to keep. There is no way to transfer purchases. I was smart and only bought one ebook from Google and never bought any music. I continue to do that with Amazon MP3 just because the MP3 has no DRM and allows for me to keep using it even if i ever get rid of Amazon. Google and Amazon for that matter tie your ebooks to the account you bought it with. The one ebook isn’t an issue since i had already bought it on my amazon account due to issues with the google reader.
My biggest challenge is all the Android app’s I have purchased. Over the years I may have spent $100 or so on apps. Many of them I do not even use anymore but on principle i am not pleased with having to give them all up because they are tied to other services that I don’t want. In the end I think I am going to bite the bullet and live without the apps, but I am not happy. I already setup a new Google ID just for registering Android devices and any App purchases. Going forward that will be my approach, dedicated accounts for specific services that I need/want to use. Right now all i think i need is something for Android and Youtube.