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Old June 30 2014, 04:00 PM   #1
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Why Does Gmail Require A Phone Number?

I want to start another Gmail account, but the stupid thing is requiring me to give a mobile phone number in order to complete registering. Is there a way around this?
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Old June 30 2014, 07:19 PM   #2
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Re: Why Does Gmail Require A Phone Number?

I'm guessing it's for their security process for when an account gets compromised or when a password needs to be retrieved. In the case this happens, they would usually send the confirmation via text. Personally I don't like it either, as it assumes everyone has a smartphone. Can't remember what I did to get around it, but I think there was a link to skip it.
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Old June 30 2014, 07:33 PM   #3
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Re: Why Does Gmail Require A Phone Number?

Yeah, it's for two-factor authentication. As a long-time Google user, Google has never called me (other than when I needed them to) and, as far as I can tell, has never sold my number to anyone.
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Old June 30 2014, 08:27 PM   #4
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Re: Why Does Gmail Require A Phone Number?

I know there is a way to skip past that, because I have done so, but I can't remember how exactly.
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Old June 30 2014, 08:37 PM   #5
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Re: Why Does Gmail Require A Phone Number?

There should be a skip link right underneath the main text where it asks you to do two-step authentication.
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Old June 30 2014, 08:39 PM   #6
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Re: Why Does Gmail Require A Phone Number?

Google wants your phone number so it can call you late at night and all you'll hear is heavy computer breathing.
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Old June 30 2014, 08:51 PM   #7
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Re: Why Does Gmail Require A Phone Number?

Just go to an internet cafe or anywhere with wi-fi.
If it doesn't work, try another spot. Eventually you'll find a place that won't require phone or SMS confirmation.*

* - It's waaaaay easier just using your phone.

To answer the question 'why', it's because Google wants to use the banhammer on those who would create multiple accounts from one location.
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Old June 30 2014, 11:43 PM   #8
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^Yeah, I set up a separate gmail account for work related correspondences a few weeks ago and I had no issues without giving my phone number(s)
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Old July 1 2014, 03:12 PM   #9
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Re: Why Does Gmail Require A Phone Number?

You don't have to give your number to Gmail. There's a link or button to skip this, but it's very small.
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Old July 1 2014, 07:34 PM   #10
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There's no link anywhere to skip it.

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You don't have to give your number to Gmail. There's a link or button to skip this, but it's very small.
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Old July 1 2014, 07:37 PM   #11
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Why Does Gmail Require A Phone Number?

So the NSA can properly link ALL your stuff into one folder, naturally...
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Old July 1 2014, 07:51 PM   #12
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After 6 or 7 attempts where it required the phone number, today it skipped it altogether and I was able to complete the registration without giving it.
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Old July 1 2014, 09:41 PM   #13
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I certainly hope they are not trying to deprive people who don't own mobile phone gadgets from having an account.
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Old July 3 2014, 03:16 AM   #14
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Re: Why Does Gmail Require A Phone Number?

Hmm, "do no ebil"? I wonder.

I found a mail site called mail.com, seems pretty good, news feed, storage etc, not so nosy. Check it out. I'm thinking of closing my gmail and going there.
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Old July 3 2014, 04:32 AM   #15
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Yahoo is a great alternative, IMO. I switched away from Gmail, and I've been there a few months. More features than Gmail, and tons of storage space. I'm quite happy with it.
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