Support GN (Verizon) will not connect cannot connect with Gmail server

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http://androidforums.com – I did a factory reset, and something went bad. Allthough I was able to boot up, and I was upgraded from 4.1.1 to 4.2.1 when I did the data wipe. Starting over, I should have had a prompt to connect with gmail and download my contacts, but this didn't happen. My People app is unpopulated, so I chose to connect to "sign into an account". While I am sure of my login input, it didn't recognize this, and then the process ended with a "couldn't finish - couldn't open connection with the server" error. My contacts are backed up to my PC, but I want to sync them to Gmail for the fu (General)