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July 6, 2009

Creating a Gmail Account Requires SMS Verification

Some people report that Gmail started to require SMS verification when you create an account, a practice used in the US and other countries when Gmail wasn't publicly available worldwide.

Verify your account. You're almost done. We will send an activation code via SMS to your mobile phone.
"If you'd like to sign up for a Gmail address, you need to have a mobile phone that has text-messaging capabilities. If you don't have a phone, you may want to ask a friend if you can use his or her number to receive a code. Also, if you know someone who already has a Gmail address, you can ask them to email an invitation to you. One of the reasons we're offering this new way to sign up for Gmail is to help protect our users and combat abuse. Spam and abuse protection are two things we take very seriously, and our users have been very happy with the small amount of spam they've received in Gmail," explains Google.

I created a new Gmail account and Google didn't ask my phone number, so the new requirement could be limited to some regions or it's just an experiment. Google says that is stores your phone number to make sure that you use it for "a limited number of accounts", but it's not clear how many accounts you can create using a phone number. Another problem is that not all the countries and the carriers are supported.

In other news, the SMS feature from Gmail Labs is still disabled and the option that lets you reset the password of a Google Account by SMS is available everywhere.

176 comments:

  1. I guess it is required in the same places where is possible to restore lost Google passwords by SMS. It is impossible in Europe. SMS verification is not required either.

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  2. My guess on the SMS in Gmail Labs being disabled is because it is now integrated into Google Voice. They have done a nice job of the SMS in Google Voice and it integrates with Google Contact Manager. So my guess is we won't see it back in Gmail Labs.

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  3. This is the bad thing if you want to create a lot of emails but a great thing for otherone, if you are from US you can use a proxy for Romania or UK for example and this verification will not appear. :)

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  4. Can't confirm about Gmail, but I noticed the SMS verification when enabling AppEngine a bit of time ago for another account. Something is changing :-)

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  5. My guess: it's a prelude to having to "prove" you are us based before being able to use Google Voice.

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  6. Something is definitely changing at Google regarding sms's. Could this be it? http://tinyurl.com/mwaukc

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  7. I won't think sms verification is required in mail id's

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  8. i hope soon google allows us to sign up for less than 6 characters usernames at least 4 :( hotmail has lots of domains and allows 1 character usernames!

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  9. I have ran into this problem for about 2 or 3 weeks now. This is a problem for me because we have around 200 clients, all who want me to set up their Google Account and and claim their listings in Google Local. Makes it pretty difficult to do this in a legitimate fashion and not Spam but as of right now Google doesn't see a difference.
    I am also running into the same issue with Bing as well. Bing seems to be storing IP's and only allowing "x" amount of Live account creations per 24 hour period; and now wont even allow me to create anymore.

    It's obvious there are other marketing companies or businesses that have multiple clients who need to create these accounts for them, there has to be some way around this.

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  10. Looks like those "free Gmail invite" services/websites now have business again.

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  11. i have creating a g mail account but there is some mobile problem......
    it take mobile number ,why it ask for it?

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  12. When do you think the first murder case will be solved with these records?

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  13. When Gmail was available by invite only, i registered and verfied my account with my SMS verification code. That was almost 5 years ago. Since then I have not been able to recovery my account. It sucks they could not have the password recovery via SMS since it went public, could have saved me years of aching pain. After countless emails to Gmail support, i finally gave up. Hopefully they still remember me and help out soon.

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  14. Even if you use an invite to create the account, it still requires the sms verification if you are in a region that Google does this to.

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  15. One of the WORST things that Google has EVER done. They need to learn that some people dont have a cell phone, some people may experience trouble recieving SMS, some people dont have whats supported on their phone to recieve a code, some people cant recieve someone elses cell phone, and some people will just say "!@#$ Gmail" and move to a Yahoo! account. If Google wants buisness, they need to remove this restriction RIGHT NOW!. If they want to verify, they need to use another email address. There is also a possibility of manufactoring a security key so you just press the button on the dongle and get a 6 digit code 1 time unique to log into your account. That is a lot easier and protects its users better. And how does this !@#$%^& stop spam when the human can just verify their cell then create their account and they still have a spamming ability.

    Google took a bad approach to this step and they will regret it later, I promise.

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  16. I'm in the US and didn't have to use SMS for my account. Good thing, too - no cellphone or plans to get one.

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  17. I think this is great.
    Recently my girlfriend received death threats from someone who created a fake account just for that. The police investigated and found that it came from an public IP from some library. This new SMS confirmation is a great way to control account creations so when investigation is needed, just like this case.

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  18. it became a problem to create the accounts

    as some of the people may work with the gmailids
    so allow to create upto 15or20
    so no problem will be faced by anyone

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  19. The "require SMS verification when you create an account" is driving me crazy! I teach computer skills classes at the library and assist marginal populations who've never used email. Not only do they not have cell phones, they DO NOT know anyone who does.

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  20. No cell here. Wouldn't take one even as a gift with free lifetime service. Bye Gmail.

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  21. GMail & google fail now.

    Everything good is now with Microsoft and Hotmail. Bing.com just helps.

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  22. Today I tried using my cell, then 2 others - everytime after receivng the verification code it says "Invalid Request", the last time I gave up. So can't create Google Voice for my wife even though she got invte.

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  23. is it just me or did they just stop this? I just made an acc. w/o cell phone

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  24. I needed to create an account to email my resume and gmail just wasted my time. Hello yahoo.

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  25. @Anonymous who said his girlfriend received death threats to her email from a fake gmail account somebody signed up at a library and thinks this new SMS system is protective :

    First off - you lie - the police would never tell you an ip came from a library. Information petaining to an ongoing criminal investigation is not dispersed to the public. Take it from a former police officer.

    Second, you girlfriend must have done something wrong to get somebody that mad at her. Your girlfriends petty personality problems are no reason for gmail to require SMS verification.

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    1. I can see why you are an EX COP.

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    2. the person is an ex cop because of deciding to move on to bigger and better things, to in future avoid idiots like you, HB. gmail wants this info not to protect the little gf from death threats. they want it to know WHO everybody is, WHERE everybody is to make anonymity impossible and control content and quash dissent.

      try having a dissenting political voice when corrupt powers that be- who are linked to imcredibly powerful private interests, controllers of personal data- know EXACTLY who you are. will you dare to speak up then???

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  26. The Text message varification SUCKS!!! And YES there ARE people that cannot afford cell phones. This goes to show that Google does not take into coincideration the underprivliged, or the lower classs families.... I even know some middle class families that do not have cell phones. Gmail and Google just dont take them in to coincideration.... I thought they were better then just some snobby a** holes but i guess i was wrong.

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  27. I think Google won't get my phonenumber and I also think that Google should allow me to retirieve my personal mail, since they obviously do not want me anymore.

    That is what I think. Somebody got their dirty fingers into our lives again and I do not like it a bit.

    When I read the terms and conditions there was nothing in it that suggested such a this and I was not notified of the change. If I knew I would stay with Yahoo or some other mail provider. Anyone but Google.

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  28. I cannot access my gmail for 2 days now, I have given them my cell number but have recieved no message with verification, this is my primary account and has been active about 5 years, extremely frustrating

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  29. For some reason my gmail account that I have had for years is now suddenly requiring SMS Verification. What gives?

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  30. what's the format of mobile number

    country code?
    city code?
    and mobile number?

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  31. I think this is messed up. I had a class of students who tried to create a g-mail account and were unable to because of the mobile phone verification. We just gave up on Google. Now I see the requirement is gone. What's up with that? E

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  32. I used to believe that google was the most trustworthy free source of services, especially after that time they refused to give the gov't search results without a court order when all the other providers did, no questions asked. But this tactic prevents privacy and looks to me to be a dangerous way of collecting active cell phone numbers, and I no longer trust google like I used to.

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  33. The FACT IS THAT Google is in loss
    they are uanble to maintain servers
    they wanted to reduce their cost
    google is going to burst out soon
    all gmail users be careful your account will be soon deleted
    good bye gmail

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  34. I have used gmail for 4 years. I have always been happy with the service they provide and have never had reason to complain. Now I am being asked to verify my account susing a cell phone. I do not have a cell phone. I do not know someone who has a cell phone. I am not able to obtain a cell phone, as I do not live anywhere near a cell phone tower. Another option NEEDS to be provided for those in my situation.

    I am never going to attempt to sign in to my account, and I will never use another google product again.

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  35. This is ridiculous.

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  36. I just tried to create a gmail account (my first) and I don't have access to a mobile phone, so good-bye Google, it's been nothing.

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  37. We created a gmail account without a SMS verification (mobile phone) through the gmail link found at the top of google.com from California in the U.S.. Here's how we did it. First my friend tried to create the account and got the message so she canceled out. I thought she must have done something wrong so I tried it again USING SAME EXACT INFORMATION that she had just used (username, login, password etc.). I got the same message and I also gave up. Then a third person sitting here with us tried it using the EXACT SAME INFORMATION AGAIN and this time it DID NOT as for mobile phone verification. The third try with all the same information worked without a hitch...go figure.

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  38. An addendum to the post I just left above;
    Between each try we left the gmail page and started over from scratch.
    Hope this helps. It worked for us.

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  39. My country is not supported for SMS verification. :( I don't think it's a good practice as at some moment my personal account could be locked and I won't have any way to reactivate it :'(

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  40. I hope they make sure to support all countries for SMS verification. I also hope they will offer a voice verification option as well, so that people who only have landlines will be able to verify their accounts as well.

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  41. This is not good.

    I am a web developer who creates websites for small business with complete google package (gmail, feedburner, blogger, friend connect, etc etc)

    Most of them simply trashed the SMS or were too scared to let me give to Google one of their most personal information in this age. These are shopowners and grad students, so a wide spectrum of people from interwebbies to technophiles are afraid to hand out their numbers to something as precious as their cell numbers to someone as big and ubiquitous as GOOGLE!

    Go figure! I've stopped giving out all Google services now and have reluctantly switched to Yahoo and Live and Bing for various services. It's a pain, but atleast it keeps my clients happy.

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  42. This idea is stupid. I refuse to give my cell phone number out. I hope Google runs out of business. They even pull this crap on YouTube. I'm sticking to Yahoo or MSN.

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  43. i agree with the post above, i just wanted a gmail account to test the new chrome OS but then i c they require u to give them ur cell number, which i would never give to a company like google!

    Seriously..this isnt about stopping spam, googles captcha is one of the most annoying and hard to solve capatcha ever and should be enough, this is just google doing what they are best at, trying to collect every bit of information about u.

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  44. I have to agree, it's a bad combination of ideas that they shoved into one stupid package. They can SAY they are fighting spam, etc etc but it's also a stupid way to force you to have to have cell phone service to get their goods. They are trying to branch into phone/computer communications in a hybrid manner that seems like nothing more than a big mess. The net is the net. Mobiles are mobiles. I dont want my security/finances etc from one to be linked to the other. if my phone goes dead, what the heck, im just going to go to my laptop or PC. I dont want things THAT freaking linked. if i cant afford the damn phone, thats the first thing I shut off. People can leave email and voice messages, etc. My phones service is cut off at the moment for that very reason. I just keep it charged to call 911 in an emergency, and thats all I really need from it. Especially considering how retarded some phone contracts are. I get the feeling part of the game plan here is to just offer up all this stuff, then charge you for it by the back door through phone services and other stuff like that after you've gotten used to using googles 'free but not so free' services. Besides, even if they dont sell your actual personal info, they CAN use it to generate statistics accurately for sales projections and such and sell THAT information and other little gimicks along that line. I used to not care that google kept a little info, but yeah, now i'm seeing the microsoft/gov/big brother angle to it now.

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  45. I can't access my Google Maps anymore as all record of my Google account has "disappeared".

    I only use Google for My Maps.

    I don't have SMS on my cell phone and would not give the number to anyone.

    Since I cannot create a new account I guess I will have to find another mapping recource.

    If anyone knows another way around this please e-mail sawsrocks_69@yahoo.ca

    Thanks all

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  46. I am unable to create gmail account, it ask for mobile no. , i am not interested in giving my mobile no.
    My Feed: Its a bad idea and a draw back for gmail.

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  47. This sucks. i need to create some few google accounts and it ask the verification.

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  48. I think google must review this idea. I have entered 5 times sms account verification but always said "The code you entered didn't verify". What's wrong ?

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  49. I have a gmail account for myself and tried to set one up for my wife. I set up an igoogle site linked to our home email account and everything was good. Tried to set up gmail and they required SMS verification. I have boostmobile but can receive text messsages. Never received anything. I receive many text massages from other sources like CNBC etc. I had to resort to getting a yahoo account and was up in 5 minutes. I don't understand why Google can't use the info I used to setup the igoogle site to verify that I'm legit.

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  50. I'm pissed! I just did this verification deal.. and now get SMS to my phone and can't seem to stop it! This is both annoying (I've a smart phone, don't need/want SMS alerts) and SMS's aren't free!

    WHY IS GOOGLE STARTING SOMETHING THAT COSTS ME MONEY!?

    What ever happened to "don't be evil"?

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  51. Remeber mydeja? Perfect site till google overtook and fucked up everything.

    Now people will just leave.

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  52. why this required as from one side allowing unlimited usage of mail space can't it concentrate on providing much space to create more than one account.

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  53. Damn I tried so many times like a few dozen times entering my mobile phone number but i did not received any verification code. It's already been a week now. I want to open blogspot.com account but it need Google account. This is horrible. Unacceptable services. They treat us like a criminal or what? people want to do some business here, oh well goodbye sayonara gmail.

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  54. I am no longer using google. They must be high. They are collecting databases on people and not deleting the the info. This can mean one of two things. Either they plan on selling the info later, or they are part of the CIA.

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  55. FUCK GOOGLE.

    Them and Yahoo are turning the world into a real lfe version of Orwell's 1984.

    http://www.scroogle.org/cgi-bin/scraper.htm as a search engine

    Anyone got anything similar for email?

    Oh and Yahoo are IP tracking accounts-log in and some of the news articles will be from your local area. Read their T's & C's-it's fucking scary!!!!!!!!!!!

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  56. Google asks for my Phone number when I create a new account ... So I simply went to Yahoo and registered my Yahoo mail address without having to give my mobile number. Now I use Yahoo Maps, Yahoo Mail and Yahoo News. Instead of using Google mail , google maps and Google "FFFFFF*ing news.

    Thank you very much "I'm not sooooooo eEEEeeeViL" Google ,

    A P*****i***S*******D off New Account owner.

    A H^^^^^^A^^^^^^P^^^^^^^P^^^^^^Y New Yahoo User instead.

    I use Yahoo since back in 1995/6 and I am glad I still have Yahoo to thank for that.

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  57. Bullshit.

    No more Google for me.

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  58. Could this be simply because as more users realise they can use their Google mail account(s) for /storing/ gigabytes of wares - files, photos... - Google is beginning to feel pressure on its admittedly large but certainly not unlimited or free storage systems ? So they must deterr people from creating "free" accounts at will...

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  59. All I want to do is create an account on YouTube but this ridiculous account verification with pigging google is preventing me from doing so!

    Don't they realise that not everyone own a mobile and even if they do, they might not want to give such a sensitive piece of information to them? Why can't they offer an alternative? Plenty of websites will send you email verification.

    Guess what google, you're not having my mobile number or my business anymore. I'll be voting with my feet.

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  60. Goodbye G-mail. Goodbye Google. You're time is up. You have been replaced.

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  61. Howto:

    1. Fill the form
    2. At sms activation page; refresh the page, accept "resend", refill what is gone.
    3. Not worked? Do 2. again, 1-2 attempt should be enough.

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  62. I have been trying Annonymous's technique w/o success. I also work for a company that sets up Google Analytics for our clients. We CAN'T create individual accounts any longer for our clients as a result of this requirement. I would be happy to provide an email or a business land line to verify I'm not a spammer. It seems Google REALLY needs to provide a solution to this for legitimate web professionals and others who need an other alternative.

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  63. Some ideas:

    * use the same phone number for multiple email accounts. You can't create too many accounts, but you should be able to create more than one account.

    * use Google Apps to create up to 50 email address for a domain or upgrade to Google Apps Premier if you need more accounts.

    * use an anonymous/distorting proxy to create accounts (a proxy that doesn't pass your IP). Google doesn't require SMS verification everywhere in the world, so you might try a proxy for a different country (UK, Germany etc.) Example: distorting proxies from Germany that support SSL.

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  64. I really hate the SMS thing, I don't have a cell phone, So I can't sign up. Also I from the USA.

    To Google
    Please remove the SMS thing, why did you did this for People without Cell Phones.
    From Eric
    Vancouver, WA

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  65. This is all fine and dandy, but what if you are a website marketing firm trying to register client websites. You obviously are going to go through the allotted amount of cell entries in a quick hurry. What are we supposed to do then?

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  66. @Anonymous:

    1. Why would you need to create Gmail addresses to register websites? You could some existing email addresses.

    2. If you are a website marketing firm, you could buy some domains and use Google Apps to create email accounts (50 email addresses/domain for free).

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  67. i just created 5 accounts from an old sim card that i no longer use. i also get sim cards all the time, and i can create 100 google accounts if i wanted to. i simply never use the sim card that has any credit for google. i dont know why these "business owners" are on here complaining. google is a free service for personal use, not for you to create for your customers and profit off of. for anyone who wants to create emails for groups, go to yahoo and hotmail, but even they have limits on how many accounts you can create in a day. another alternative for you is to use a less popular email like gmx.

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  68. Google is coming out with it's cell phone lines, so things like Gmail, YouTube etc (owned by Google) are requiring cell phone verification

    Google hopes you'll buy their cell phone this way, which is pathetic

    Don't buy anything that runs Android, and definitively don't buy Nexus

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  69. The SMS verification is a bad idea. It is implemented poorly.

    No documentation and it rejects legitimate numbers.

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  70. After this new SMS implementation, I am closing my Google-associated accounts permanently. I have no reason to fork over my private data to Google and trust it as far as I can spit on it. Requiring SMS verification is a cop-out - the goofs don't even offer online support, and Google makes enough money to support such a concept.

    Good luck with you, Google.

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  71. Fuck gmail I couldn't even re start activity with googles gmail after trying to retrieve my old information. They wanted me to do the same thing over and over again. I got truely pissed off. Whos got the time to play this game. I'm thinking its to insure they gt the right info to start sending unwanted ads. Now I'm afraid they will over load my cell phone with crap that don't interest me. And to think I was going to change from Yahoo. I'm going to turn off my computer for afew days. Maybe they will go away I'll stick to the searches period. Theydn't seem able to do anything else very well

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  72. The problem is that it doesn't work. The codes you receive don't work, and you can only use each number 1-2 times.

    I've just lost a day trying 5 different phone numbers, desperately trying to get 3 google accounts working so I could get a team working together via Reader.

    Once, we forgot to fill in a field. It wasn't indicated as mandatory. But Google only checked it after we entered the phone no. So that as the end of using that number.

    And twice, the code received from Google was not accepted by Google.

    So I have a grand total of one account working.

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  73. Just out of curiosity, can you mention your location (country)? I've never seen this security feature, so I suspect it was only added to a small number of countries.

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  74. One of my friends had to try thrice to create an account in Sweden recently, the first time he was supposed to get an SMS to his phone, which never arrived, the second time a robot called him with a code, which didn't work, and the third time there was no verification at all.

    Google should really use another process to prevent the mass-creation of accounts for spam... 25 captchas and a simple math problem maybe?

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  75. Requırıng verification is not fight with the spam. Thats redicilious. Gmail not essential from now on I can use others. Keep your email Gmail. Cheers

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  76. I got a verification code sent to my phone BUT I did not apply for a new account, AND I did not fill out any forms with my phone number NOR is my phone number ever stored in my Google account details.

    Something weird is happening.

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  77. what if we don't have mobile in neighbour hood

    so we should keep on begging everybody for creating an account or what?

    it ridicluous man

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  78. Tried to sign up for YouTube yesterday and ran into this bullshit. Decided to run with Hotmail for email and not setup a YouTube account. No way in hell would I give my cell number to ANY website, I don't care who they are. Have fun paying for those verification messages, (Most people do get charged for them) and don't be surprised if you suddenly start finding your phone involuntarily signed up for services you didnt ask for.

    Email verification is more than enough.

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  79. well being a fellow hacker even with that many captchas and a adding of a math problem still wouldnt cover it for example i just started making a gmail account bot maker for my gmail email bomber and ran into this gay phone crap but i can still get around just by useing a cell but still sucks.

    an example of hacking gmail is as fallows :

    Private Sub WebBrowser2_DocumentComplete(ByVal pDisp As Object, URL As Variant)
    On Error Resume Next
    If InStr(1, WebBrowser2.Document.body.innertext, "Boxer") Then
    WebBrowser2.Document.GetElementById("FirstName").innertext = Text1.Text
    ElseIf InStr(1, WebBrowser2.Document.body.innertext, "Type the characters you see in the picture below.") Then
    WebBrowser2.Document.GetElementById("FirstName").innertext = Text1.Text
    WebBrowser2.Document.GetElementById("LastName").innertext = Text2.Text
    WebBrowser2.Document.GetElementById("Email").innertext = Text3.Text
    WebBrowser2.Document.GetElementById("Passwd").innertext = Text4.Text
    WebBrowser2.Document.GetElementById("PasswdAgain").innertext = Text4.Text
    WebBrowser2.Document.GetElementById("questions").Value = Combo1.Text
    WebBrowser2.Document.GetElementById("IdentityAnswer").innertext = Text5.Text
    WebBrowser2.Document.GetElementById("SecondaryEmail").innertext = Text6.Text
    WebBrowser2.Document.GetElementById("Birthday").innertext = Text7.Text
    Status.Caption = "Type In Captcha And click Create."

    so yeah they was smart in doing what they did, Go Gmail!!

    back to yahoo bot makers lmao !

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  80. CONTINUED FROM ABOVE

    If you're having trouble verifying your YouTube account with the method required to grant access, please report your issue HERE.

    Usually, you'll receive a text message after it's sent, but sometimes the delivery can be delayed. If you've waited more than 24 hours and still don't have the verification message, you can request that the code be resent at a later date.

    If you request a Voice Call, you should receive a call immediately from a Google/YouTube representative where you will be prompted to verify additional details in person, that may be asked which are unique to you. This will help us verify your identity so that you may log into your new account and begin enjoying all that YouTube has to offer!

    If I verify via SMS or Voice Call, will it cost me money to receive the message or call?

    We suggest contacting your mobile phone provider for details on costs associated with text messaging, if any. Usually, SMS texting costs vary little, however depends solely on on your mobile plan and provider's fees.

    YouTube Staff

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    The only problem was, it was the end of March (last month) I was out of SMS and out of minutes for the month on my cell phone plan, so the fucking Google verification SPAM cost me $8.00 in overcharges!! And the fucking thing STILL FAILED. So now I'm out eight bucks, about 5 hours of troubleshooting and frustration and I don't even have a fucking way to upload vacation videos?! What the heck is Google thinking, don't they know they're slashing their own throats lose all of us like this?? We don't want out privacy invaded, we're not ready for sub-dermal implanted chips under our skin so we can be GPS tracked like dogs, nor do we want personal phone calls from YouTube Stormtroopers forcing us to "show our papers, prove our identity" like NAZI-Era Jews to the Hitler Elite.

    Sorry Google, THIS TIME YOU LOSE.

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  81. CONTINUED FROM ABOVE

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    You MUST now verify your new YouTube account before we
    can let you use it. Account verification helps with:

    * Preventing SPAM: we try to verify that real people, not automated robots, scripts, spiders or crawlers are creating multiple accounts fraudulently.
    * Recovering 'lost-account' access: we reserve the right to use your personally identifiable information to verify your identity should you ever lose access to your YouTube account.
    * Communication: we will use your information to notify you of important changes made to your account (for example, if you change your password).

    Unless you explicitly tell us to do otherwise, your phone number will never be sold or shared with 3rd parties or commercial interests and we will not use it for any purpose other than for verification, password recovery and account security issues.

    In other words, we won't spam your phone with advertisements or text messages about our latest offering.

    For more information, please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).
    Please choose from the Verification Options listed below:
    1) Text Message
    Google will send you a text message containing a verification code to your personal mobile phone where you'll have a chance to respond to the message to prove you are who you say you are.

    Mandatory questions you must answer

    Your Date-Of-Birth:
    Current Residence: (City/State)
    Your Mobile Phone Provider:
    Your Mobile Phone Area Code:
    Your Mobile Phone Number:
    Alternate (Home) Phone Number (where you can be reached):

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  82. Got a forced-verify identity screen on Wednesday when I tried signing up for my first YouTube account (boy was that ever a costly mistake!) which said account verification was now necessary in case I should loose access to my account (like when have I ever 'lost access' to any of my online accounts?!) and I feel like this is just a deceptive cover story for something more sinister in the long run. As for now, I am guilty until proven innocent of using an automated robot script to register (LOL!) and unless I verify via personal cellphone (in the form of a spam from Google) my first YouTube account shall remain frozen in time for a period not to exceed 180 days:

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  83. Sorry, but there is no such thing as Identity-Free YouTube sign-ups anymore. I tried to do the same thing as the guy above, but my efforts were in vain.

    And there are no FREE services that hand out temporary numbers you can use as a proxy workaround to YouTube's new forced ID-verify procedure. Sadly, Google has resorted to invading your privacy in order to justify the beginning its new global domination agenda that permits it to begin tracking its users though the collection, storage and data-mining of personally identifiable information linked directly to you, allegedly its a Federally-funded global data collection program just now getting underway for Homeland Security, FBI and CIA purposes. There is nothing inncocent surrounding the suspicious, highly invasive reasons why Google wants to know all about you.

    In fact, I was just reading a blog before I found this thread and it talking about the fact that since YouTube implemented its new ID-Verify data-collection scheme forced on all new account registrants, YouTube's participation levels have begun PLUMMETTING DOWNWARD (based on Alexa traffic ratings) and new user account sign-ups have for the first time in YouTube history, dropped below negative fifty (-54%) for 2 months in a row! That's astonishing, given the fact YouTube had been growing since its inception, now its falling apart. There are reasons for YouTube's sudden downward spiral, however.

    And now I'm hearing that 'YOUTUBE SUPERSTAR' Lisa Nova (among many others) have already announced their abandonment of YouTube?! They decided to walk away from YouTube (WHAT?!! No more funny Lisa Nova videos??!?!) and go with another video provider all together, stating YouTube's recent enactment of its extreme censorship initiative, random account terminations, false DMCA claims against content producers, false accusations of hate-speech, biased abuse by rogue YouTube staff, zero live support, YouTube's new interface sucks, dwindling profit-sharing for YouTube Partners (the content creators who've made YouTube what it is (was) today, and so on...

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  84. Sad, really sad to watch YouTube crumble so quickly. Bye, bye old friend, bye, bye Google, you've gone from hip, independent underdog to an over-inflated, CIA-FBI-Controlled Paranoid Dictatorship and honorary member of the CFR. It now appears evident that Google has a Big Brother agenda for world domination and total population control though its "free web-based" technology. Well, I'm no dummy, I know nothing in life is truly free. I therefore do not want your YouTube, your Gmail or Apps. I don't even want you anymore. Google, you are NO LONGER my favorite Search Engine. You are a DICTATORSHIP. You are ONE WORLD GLOBALISTS. You are GOOGLE, THE WORLD'S NEWEST EVIL CORPORATION.

    The only problem was, it was the end of March (last month) I was out of SMS and out of minutes for the month on my cell phone plan, so the fucking Google verification SPAM cost me $8.00 in overcharges!!

    So now I'm out eight bucks, about 5 hours of troubleshooting and frustration and I don't even have a way to upload vacation videos to YouTube because the verification code I submitted back to them FAILED?! What the heck is Google thinking, don't they know they're slashing their own throats forcing everyone to compromise their personally identifiable information to Google to spam-verify us with Red-Tape?? We don't want out privacy invaded by cold multi-national corporations like Google Global, we're not ready for sub-dermal implanted chips forced into our skin so we can be GPS tracked like dogs, nor do we want personal phone calls from YouTube Stormtroopers for their forced ID-verify "show your papers, prove your identity" ID-verification procedures like NAZI-Era Jews under threat of censure on the whims of the Hitler Elite.

    Sorry Google, to us, you are the NEW HITLER ELITE. Sorry Google, you don't get my papers, you don't get my number. THIS TIME AROUND, HITLER WILL LOSE.

    I'm switching back to DogPile.com, back to my early Internet roots, where I started surfing the web, where it all started for me way back in 1999.

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  85. All the crying here. Do you really think Google cares about the lower end of the population that's to poor to have a cell phone? Nope. Nor does anyone that matters. Google is about cutting edge tech and business. If you don't even have a SMS capable phone then you are not cutting edge and don't matter.

    Stop your crying google does not owe you anything. If you don't like the rules of their FREE email then don't use it.

    Also you conspiracy theory kids are nothing short of laughable. Google is not taking over the world. If you think so then its time to get out of your moms basement.

    Why does Gmail need this now? To cut down on web scams and crime being done with their service.

    Why does youtube need real accounts now? Because of all the retards that post vids of them self committing crimes and/or posting copyrighted stuff. Google has been catching allot of bull about sure things. So since a bunch of you think laws dont matter on the internet now google has to babysit you. Get over it.

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  86. This is the worst on internet history. Gmail should die because of this stupid approach.

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  87. Now Google can find every user on the map in real time...

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  88. Ive used google for years now because i hated yahoo for blocking emails sent from oh ya Other yahoo accounts. I keep a fine line between real life and internet gaming. I was going to use a gmail email for a new website i was making bit it doesnt look like thats happening.

    Reasons i wont give out my phone number:

    I dont want sales calls on my cell phone.
    I dont want myself connected with a email i am using just for a website.

    I dont want myself attatched in real life to hundreds of accounts.[ one of my emails recieves 40-50 spam a day and i use it to sign up for mmos ect.

    Google is in essence telling people they dont want their service. And as it requires a text message i believe its no longer free.


    My 12 year old brother made a gmail account about a year ago. The purpose was to keep in touch with family that didnt live near by.

    Google wont be getting my phone number. But i will be getting their service. They dont realize that the people they want out will jsut get around it and all that they are doing is turning away the people who actually want their service.

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  89. Now if you are simply a regular person, not a spammer, and not a multiple account creator that just wants a Google or YouTube account, your out of luck without giving out your cell phone number or regular phone number to their authorities (aka the youtube police). YouTube has become a phone number collector which means they can give police, FBI, and CIA peoples private phone numbers if you use Google.

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  90. The amount of 'google wont get my business' and 'bawwwwww, they're spying on us' here is incredible. Not a google employee, not a google supporter, just an internet citizen who hates all of you.

    First of all, gmail is a free service. Your business is advertising eyeballs. The % of people who bawww and whine here don't matter a wink in the greater scheme of things. I'm sorry to those who do not have cell phones, but guess what, you are such a small % of people that it really doesn't matter. Middle school students and grandmothers have cellphones nowadays, they're ubiquitous with internet users - which is why Google has chosen to do this.

    As far as the 'businesses' who setup gmail accounts for their clients, I have a few things to say. If you consider yourself to be a web design / marketing firm and just hand out gmail accounts to clients, you suck. Having a gmail account on a 'business' website is highly unprofessional. If you are setting up a website for someone, you surely register a domain, which would *surely* be a better place for their email address. And guess what, you can even have gmail host tons of your domains for a shockingly low fee. (or host your email else where, its your choice) - Stop pretending like relying on a free service is good business sense.

    Onto the tinfoil hat crowd. Guess what. People, (google, the feds, whoemever) can track you by your IP address already. They always have been able to. ISPs give up your details to law enforcement already from your IP on a given day. (So yea if it changes frequently, they've got it logged, don't worry). Email addresses are not designed to be registered and burned. Sure in 1990, heck even in 2000, email was not a 'primary' form of communication, that would have been your telephone. But now email *is*. An email address is a personal identity, much like a phone number. If you really want to setup a bunch of 'burn emails' or anonymous email addresses, go take it to a less reputable email provider. Seriously the government doesn't care about you unless you are breaking the law, get over it, you are not important.

    The truth of the matter is that gmail has always been used by a lot of spammers, because its free. If this helps curtail it, all the better. We as internet citizens need to fight against spam. All your whiners claiming google wont get your 'business' (it surely already does via adsense anyway), or that this is a ploy to get you to buy a nexus one (lol seriously, someone posted that, read up a few pages), or that google wants to spy on you (zomg because YOU are so special!) need to just get out more. The world is a beautiful and wonderful place once you take off your tinfoil hats and leave the basement.

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  91. >rootstyle nonsense

    This won't stop spam, first most spam does not use webmail but uses direct commands to the SMTP server, other webmail exist, and providers/compromised gmail accounts (from keyloggers etc.) will still exist (can be used for spam), also not all countries require it so proxy from another country will bypass it, and even if it was required globally there will be a market for PVA gmail accounts like there is for phone verified cragslist accounts.

    >ip address
    proxy/vpn/etc.

    >cell phone number
    prepaid sim card or voip service, but why bother with one if other email providers don't need it

    >effect
    People will simply switch to other webmail providers for creating new accounts. Why should I select the email provider that demands lots of personal info and puts you at risk of telemarketing calls (I don't have a cellphone so I can't give a number, even if I had one I still wouldn't give it as I don't want sales calls) and there are many better providers with good features (including better pop3/imap support) out there that don't need this?

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  92. "This won't stop spam, first most spam does not use webmail."

    You still need to create the Gmail account using the online interface, so the purpose of the SMS verification is to prevent spammers to create thousands of Gmail accounts that send spam.


    "Why should I select the email provider that demands lots of personal info?"

    You don't have to enter your phone number. You can borrow someone else's phone for a few minutes.

    "... and puts you at risk of telemarketing calls"

    Google doesn't sell personal information. Read the privacy policy.

    "there are many better providers with good features"

    After so many years since it was released, Gmail is still the best free webmail service. Hotmail has improved a lot in the past two years, but it's still far from Gmail. For example, Hotmail's spam filter has a poor rate of detection, doesn't support IMAP and auto-forwarding is limited to Windows Live email accounts.

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  93. >You still need to create the Gmail account using the online interface, so the purpose of the SMS verification is to prevent spammers to create thousands of Gmail accounts that send spam.

    WRONG
    Most spam does not use any sort of gmail/webmail account, instead commands sent to the destination SMTP server without using any sort of email account (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMTP). Most from compromised systems, some from dedicated spam servers. Some use hacked smtp/email accounts. Only a small fraction involves dedicated webmail accounts at all.

    ALL other free webmail providers that I know of don't need cell phone number and don't have problems with this. Many (not all) email providers support POP3/IMAP or at least one of them.

    >You don't have to enter your phone number. You can borrow someone else's phone for a few minutes.

    Why should I if ALL other webmail providers don't need this, or if I could use a proxy in a country that does not need this.

    >Google doesn't sell personal information. Read the privacy policy.

    Which they could change at any time, and the new one could say that they will make phone calls to the stored number the next time you login to your account.

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  94. Google is just pure EVIL!

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  95. It is the worse feature ever!!! I`m in romania and they are adding it here too....
    But the funny thing is that they aren`t able to accept all of our cell networks, and aloot of ppl here don`t have a cell phoe. Suc a bullsh*t feature.
    they can actually track you down by knowing your phone. Next thing, ppl will be able to watch you, with your name attached, on google earth! goodbye privacy....

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  96. I live in Iran and it doesn't work here, How can we great a new account?

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  97. ok Guys, i guess we all headrd for example about china and google problem and it was mentioned that the gov was monitoring accounts,google do that to have database info about all people and it is asked by CIA, because this is a strange thing to ask for sms verirification, but funny, i F...d google, i bought a mobile line and it is not registered under my name, lol i created till now 38 accounts.

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  98. I have received verification no. but I don't know what to do further. Can someone help me ?

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  99. they just want as much information about people as they can get, and i don't like it.

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  100. Google are happily eating away into our privacy, and they are not doing it slowly either.

    First they take more info from users on their engine than anyone else.

    Then you get google streetview and their cameras taking pictures of people which are publicly available on the net to anyone, with 0 permission from those photographed.

    They are also being investigated for "accidentally" stealing the wireless network details of thousands of people, for which they may be prosecuted in some countries. Who knows where those details are now.

    Now they want to get the phone numbers of everyone who will give theirs away online.

    So I am not making a new Gmail account, and no one reading this article or these comments should either.

    Personally, the fact their staff don't dress in suits and have fun little projects does not convince me they aren't as ill-minded as any of the world's most dubious companies.

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  101. Google and YOUTUBE SUCK.

    They've lost me! In fact, the internet is really starting to suck--and I'm an inveterate surfer!

    On the bright side, my house will be cleaner.

    Google will NEVER get my cell phone number. Why? Because I don't have a fucking cellphone, and I have no plans to get one.

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  102. I don't have a mobile phone because I have absolutely no use for it.
    A lot of people (all my friends) have access to the internet most of the time through wireless communication, while I'm at home I'll use things like social networking or MSN to contact them, while I'm outside, I'll connect to an open wireless access point and connect to them through there. There's no reason to be wasting money on phones or text messaging when you can get it for free.

    Really takes the piss that google have gone down this road.. and they'll probably be using your phone number for more than just verification..

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  103. GOOGLE, and its subsidiaries, have always been funded by the government.

    Giving them your personal information will just make it easier for the government to monitor all your activities on the internet. This is the first steps to absolute government control, aka "Big Brother".

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  104. Their excuse for this is that "We take spam and abuse very seriously". Oh, REALLY? Then why are you allowing people using Google Groups to destroy UseNet newsgroups? I was reporting spam, personal information, illegal activity, overt racism and hatemongering, impersonations, death threats and other abuse to them for MONTHS. I continued to do it until it suddenly dawned on me that the same posters were continuing to post the same crap, that no one had contacted me for further information, and (this was the kicker) that it was impossible to contact anyone working for Google in ANY OTHER WAY than to use their "Report This Message" option. That's when I finally realized that Google simply doesn't care what harm they might be doing (or condoning) as long as they continue to make money.

    I would never, ever provide Google with anything as personal as a phone number despite their promises not to share it...they simply can't be trusted.

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  105. I have had a Google account for about 3 years now. Yesterday, I get a message saying that my account is temporarily disabled and that it "may be due to a TOS violation". I'm seriously doubting that. To get my account back, I need to provide a cell phone number to get a verification code. Not happening. This whole thing seems super shady to me, so I'll just lose the email account.

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  106. I strongly disagree with this mobile number id thing. This move is bringin us one step closer to an orwellian world… It has nothing to do with spam, they could do anything a thousand other thigns about spam, it has got to do with anonymity, since you give that phone number, it makes it sooo much easier to track you down. The right of free speech is in danger, i could go further and say this is terrorism, they make you afraid of what you are going to write on your blogspot, send through email, etc…
    do not fall into this one, they are changing the norms, i’m not gonna be a part of this, and i suggest you do the same and wake up people !

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  107. I DISAGREE. eff you Google. i couldn't create a decent YouTube account anymore because of this bullshit. when i saw that page that said confirmation requires a mobile phone i thought to myself, what the hell happened to confirming by email?! well i was hopeless on that and didn't even bother with it. since i don't have a mobile phone and neither does my family members. and seriously, ask a friend?! seriously?! that's embarrassing enough asking your friend hey can i use your mobile phone because GOOGLE change the confirmation of account by mobile phones and not email...
    You know what on the bright side watch your business go down! The amount of people creating accounts for sites Google owns will decrease because of this. I mean, not EVERYONE has a mobile phone. so yeah, bye Google i won't be expecting your crappy service anymore.

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  108. I just wanted to set up an iGoogle page for my Mom, so that she has all the stuff she likes when she goes online. I can't set it up with text (mom's phone doesn't get text messages) and I am deaf so by voice is not an option. I forgot to bring my blackberry with us so there is no way for me to set this up for her. There should be a way to create an account verifying by email. Honestly I don't have a line phone, I can't use one, just a blackberry & I'm not comfortable giving out my number.

    The last time I gave out my number I got a sales call, and I'm on a DO NOT CALL list! I contacted the phone company and followed up and they got a fine. But, in the mean time the call came in while I was at work and I got written up for having my phone on at work. Not to mention that I got charged for the voice service! $40+ When I explained that I am deaf and the call was in violation of the DO NOT CALL list I was on, and should have been blocked, I got a refund. But it was days of aggravation and I had to get a coworker involved to help me call the phone company and explain it all.

    This is an act of discrimination as far as I am concerned. I am so upset that I am seriously considering going back to AOL!

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  109. Had a Gmail account for over 5 years, now suddenly they want me to verify.

    I'd prefer it if I didn't have to, but that was my main email account; addresses, mail, and stuff I won't be able to retrieve unless I give in and give them even more personal information.

    =/

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  110. Oh, hurray. I finally do decide to give in and get a verification code, enter it in, and what do I get? "Sorry, we're having technical difficulties right now. Try again in a few hours."

    The system works when it works, but what a shitty deal when it doesn't.

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  111. Time to go back to Yahoo.

    You lose, good day sir!

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  112. Im not against Google since I think they are only into reducing spam in their system. What makes me feel bad is that I tried verifying my account once using a single number but they keep on showing me an error screen! Then afterwards they said that I cant use my number anymore because it reached the limit? Thats so annoying and i ended up borrowing a couple of mobile phones and numbers for the sake of my new email!

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  113. I have read all comments...i am sure it is kind of new hacking technique.They have all our information man.So don'g trust gmail anymore.I am giving up from now on.Astala vista baby.gmail goto hell....

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  114. a few ago i ever create gmail account, first account succed without any verification... but when i try created for my brother, gmail ask phone number to verification

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  115. This is why I am thankful there is mail.com. I hate this new verification idea, in my opinion. Just saying. -__-

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  116. Evil... you will never ever got my phone number.

    I know what you would gonna do with that, you would sell it for telemarketing. Besides that you will know where I would be every fucking time, tracking me as an animal with "google places". And the worst of all you would publish all my information without any authorization from my part as you did when you launch the fucking "google buzz".
    G O O G L E IS THE EVIL! OHHH YEAHHHH.

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  117. I hate this new technique used by gmail. It's really annoying and I'm thinking of switching to yahoo or hotmail.

    Does anyone know if we could make single accounts without verification???

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  118. if you dont have a code i dont know what to tell you

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  119. Is it possible to create a gmail acct. without asking for cp number?

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  120. why this was actually done:
    - all gmail users are now trackable
    - huge advertising potential

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  121. Instad of making it easy they increase the barrier to create an account. Goodbye gmail, hello facebook mail! No wonder google is losing the battle, they have their brains have fallen in their balls.

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  122. До моего телефона не доходить смс, наверное это из за того что я гражданин Казахстана они США. Что мне делать?

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  123. GOOGLE use this info (Cell Phone Number) to track you in real-time. Not only do they know WHO you are, they know EXACTLY where you've been. Big Brother just got a whole lot bigger.

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  124. They're already making money, because I'm using their product. My phone number is none of their business... and they've just lost mine.

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  125. Why is Google DYING to have our phone numbers? I have an account without e-mail and for that I didn't have to give my number.I used that account to create a google account.Now, when I log in to to YT account, every time a page appears before my account page loads,page which says I should make the other thing with the phone number just to be safe, don't wait until it's too lat, bla bla bla...Seriously, Yahoo mail is SO MUCH BETTER.At least they don't want me to give them my private phone number...

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  126. So much juvenile DRAMA here. As if you could manipulate GooG into doing or not doing something by petty threats. GooG will continue to have a massive customer base regardless of a few people whining.

    Of course there is reason to be concerned, and under no circumstances should you give Google your mobile number. I'm just saying, don't whine like a bunch of babies about it. Just don't give it to them.

    If there is anyone who thinks Google's motivation is harmless here, I challange you to read their terms of use for you cellphone number. They agree they won't sell it for marketing purposes. It doesn't mean that they can't use it to tie you back to a real name, address, etc, then sell that marketing data. They are just agreeing to not sell your number. Since that was probably drawn up by highly paid attornys, it's a safe bet that if they don't exclude a usage, they are planning on doing it.

    And for those of you who are worried about the government getting this info, don't worry about it. They already have it. The government slurps the entire traffic going across the internet. They already can tie your computer to your name, your address, all your visited websites, etc. Their database is so gigantic that it makes Google's look tiny.

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  127. There's a very average person somewhere above using the typical 'conspiracy kids' wearing 'tinfoil hats' having to 'leave the basement' labels. Alas, a poor vocabulary one can say.
    Listen mr or ms Very-Average, imitating the bias view, using the same talk and copying the attitude of the typical 'I can't handle what you say I prefer to stay in my comfort-zone thinking' will not help you one inch closer in truly understanding how the world works. And I mean truly closer than the average individual who is surely too tired, weary and always short in time to even try or is too eager for entertainment. And don't resort into argueing about my lots of time to write this 'cause that would be so predictable. Before argueing the statements that, according to a certain opinion however limited vocabulary, 'conspiracy kids' have put forward, you should do your homework. Collect the data (which you won't). Get your arguments prepared (which you won't). Impose yourself enough cynism to estimate human behavior under certain conditiond (which you won't). Think outside your worldview (what you can't). Imperatives for objective reasoning is having no prejudice, no party, no stakes, being of sound mind, and having your findings under peer review. Seeing the circumstances the latter could be difficult since social pressure might just do you in on that. Sound health I said, right. No, not the 'tinfoil hat' wearing people! YOU. It's you I'm talking about. Since you surely think they're crazy, it should be no trouble for you to argue and reason their so called 'crazy' statements to smithereens. And make sure to follow John Locke's general rules of conduct aye!

    Ahoi and Salute!

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  128. First truly idiotic thing I've ever seen google do. OUTRAGEOUS. ABSURD. GOOGLE: FOLLOW YOUR OWN ADVICE. DON'T BE EVIL! Users deserve right to be Anonymous!

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  129. I'd just like my friggin account back! I DARED go on vacation..and these dweeb-wads think 'suspicious activity' occurred and locked up my account. I dont' have a cell phone. I don't WANT a cell phone. I just want my account back. I'm back home. They still aren't smart enough to figure out now that I'm trying to log in from my own computer! What is UP with these people?? I have no idea how long I've had this account. Ages. I have no idea. How am I supposed to know that? If I don't know that and other absurd things I can't remember like 5 of the folders I named? C'mon! How about my first pet's name? How about something NORMAL people issue as possible verification methods? IDIOTS. IDIOTS. IIIIDDDIIOOTTTTTSS!

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  130. I think google will lose its leader place in not more than 1-2 years from now because it starts to break customer's privacy.

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  131. that's true. down with google, guys! no on can right no know my phone number!!!!

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  132. Why should i give my phone number to create an email account. When did this start happening.

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  133. That's a serious breach of privacy. Google started behaving as if they were the ONLY email provider. That's not a sensible way to conduct business. If they don't stop this abuse, I sure wish them to go out of business!

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  134. What if we don't have a phone them, hm? I find it unfair to be giving out our cell phones. This is unreasonable.

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  135. If you don't have a phone, than you probably know someone who has a phone. You don't have to enter your phone number.

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  136. i hate gmail.com

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  137. Here's the solution to the Cell Phone Verify problem:

    http://www.humorhotlines.com/rejectionhotline.asp

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  138. Bite me google, re signing up for gmail, you're not getting my cell # - no way Jose. Put it in writing that you'll never give it to anyone for anyone reason, including the government...and I still wouldn't give it to you. Why? Give me one good reason to trust you with my info! See? I couldn't think of one either.

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  139. @Junkification Are the numbers listed in the site you linked work with SMS verification???

    I think SMS verification will decrease the Google account creation rates daily, weekly, and monthly.

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  140. I just opened a couple of accounts a week ago, and this email verification is a very serious problem, particularly when you travel.
    I used another computer in Europe and was asked for verification again. I was not able to get the text message from there because Sprint text messaging does not work there. This is really bad.
    I am going to revert back to yahoo where I was before.

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  141. That's just bullshit! What about security questions?! Not everybody text! DUMBASSES!

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  142. First Google scrapes Facebook account info and now they want a phone number to link everything together? With the phone number, they know your address (and previous addresses). Other verification methods are available. This is purely for the purpose of getting personal info for marketing purposes. While they may not 'give or sell' your number, they can conglomerate the data to send more relevant ads to your gmail account. And just because they claim not to give or sell the phone number to outsiders, it doesn't mean they won't use it internally or sell access to you through Google. In other words, I don't see any useful purpose for this request. Especially when the account they are asking info for is several years old and they already know it doesn't produce spam.

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  143. Google is turning into big brother. With your phone number, they can find your physical address, info on everyone who lives at that address, and more. They then link that to your surfing habits, as they also now have your IP# tied to your phone and address and name.

    Big brother at its worst.

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  144. This is a crap way to verify an account. Verizon Wireless has been spending millions and countless hours in court to fight the release of customer mobile phone information as public information or publishing in phone books as a default (unless customer can communicate otherwise and timely to avoid). This bypasses that. I'm taking my business to Yahoo.

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  145. I work in a library helping people set up email accounts. Not many old people have a mobile phone. We've now stopped setting up Google email accounts and are using Yahoo instead.

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  146. I want to create a gmail account but when i'm compleating my form there appears we will send u a verification code to ur mobile number(sms) but here in jammu and kashmir (state of india) government has barred SMS servise.so how can i create my gmail account.

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  147. This is ridiculous. I will be opening an email account with a different provider. Google should not need my phone number to open an account.

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  148. When i go and look at the verification code i cannot renter the site.HELP!

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  149. Google is all about "you do it OUR way" and no alternative or option. The arrogance at that company takes the cake.

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  150. Why on earth would I use a friend's phone number if I don't have one myself? You can keep the gmail account. I'd rather not continue with the process!!! It's not like I don't have a phone either. Just don't see the point!!!

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  151. Hi!maybe somebody can explain to me..I wanted to creat my gmail account and the last step is to verify my account,but when i wrote my mob.number it doesnt work,cuz its writing:Mobile number is not in the correct format.

    any suggestions?
    THANKS

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  152. What a load of Bollocks!

    There are plenty of free emails out there that don't require this intrusion in privacy.

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  153. WTF! this is a bad move for google. i mean why use phone numbers for stopping spam when you can just put a stronger anti spam or a harder captcha. i hate google.

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  154. I have two cellphone numbers, but I'm not gonna give them to Google

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  155. They surge reg/login out through non-working validator whenever they want us to swallow a shitture like another whazzing change in search frontend. And only when their popularity drops to about 10% they'll lift the iron wall and/or remove the shitture. Register on Google only when its population is VERY VERY VERY VERY low. For search engine, use BLACKLE.

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  156. I am backing up all my gmail info (5 years worth of emails), i will never ever give my cell number to google (ha! remember the "don't be evil" motto... what a joke). Yahoo!, here i go...

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  157. I did my gmail account 5 years ago that time there was no complexity. Its seems to me Gooogle's policy to protect spammers one sense its good for the users but what about our privacy???????????? mob no record, email verification...bla bla bla what next in the furure. I do not know Little ambarasiing

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  158. Google has ruined the looks of the web with all their tacky ads over every square centimeter of web space. now they opening an online music store. How original... no doubt it will accept googlepay in the checkout

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  159. simple. they are abolishing internet anonymity

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  160. I have used gmail for a few years. It was easy to just type in username and password, like Hotmail, Yahoo, etc. If you forget your password, just used some other email address where send it to, like EVERY website does. All of a sudden, I am asked to sign up for a f** Google account (which I dont need), they ask me to write ANOTHER email address (what for?), my mobile phone (none of your business), and all this for my own security. I dont know what is my password anymore. Does it ring any bells? Papa Google is here to watch you, collect all your private data, cross reference addresses and numbers and identify WHO ARE YOU, bundle the data and sell it to marketing companies. Big Brother is here and it's called GOOGLE. They will not my number in a million years, the problem that many other idiots will just follow their 'friendly' instructions.. Do no evil, said the devil.

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  161. i have gmail address. it also open gmail but it doesn't open google talk. i don't what problems are there. while entering the user name and password of gmail address, google talk doesn't support. pls give me a solution soon. i need this solution in my gmail address.

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  162. I gave incorrect mobile number and my recovery mail ID was given as...@yahoo.com.According to yahoo it do not accept yahoo.com but i created that a year ago. I gave two incorrect data(mail Id,Mobile number) so i can not recover my password.Please help me....

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  163. Yahoo and Google suck big time.
    Google won't allow cancelling my gmail account without a valid alternate email address.
    So I tried to open a Yahoo mail account, but it asks for my mobile phone number.
    I don't need or want a phone. Even if I had one, why would I give it to Google or Yahoo. I cannot trust either of them. What now? Send message to customer service. Funny thing: you cannot get help without a valid Yahoo account, and you cannot have an account without a mobile phone. Do Yahoo get a percentage from phone manufacturers or something?
    What's next, fingerprints and DNA samples for a lousy ad supported email account? Screw Yahoo and Google and their anti-privacy policies.

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  164. Anybody knows a good soft or online application to generate phone numbers working just a few hours? I would need them to verify my gmail accounts. Thanks!

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  165. This is the dumbest idea ever, what are you thinking google? worthless

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  166. Yahoo now requires a mobile phone number TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT..........we cant get yahoo accounts because we do not have mobile phones. So now what???? Stupid idea to us, why would anyone want to give a phone number out like that even if they did have a mobile phone? A huge number of people have had their Yahoo accounts hacked, en masse, over and over again........Yahoo claims giving them a cell phone number will provide security.......if they can't protect their customers account information they cant protect their customers phone numbers either!!!! TOTAL IDIOCY!!!! This is a total scam to get you to buy their phones or some other nefarious plan. It has to be because forcing people to give a cell phone number just to have an account makes no sense.

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  167. What a crock of shit. There's no provision to use Skype, either.

    Piss off, Google. I'm not giving you my only phone number, which is a cell number.

    These jerkoffs mine our communications for marketing data, and that's payment enough for their services. Do NOT give any more personal information to them.

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  168. This is very bad, Google will give away your phone number, i did it once and people started to call me i didn't know, soon we DDoS Google mf.

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  169. Screw you google! Not giving you my number. on to hotmail!

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  170. this is very bad, Google now is trying to go too far with the data gathering.

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  171. So if we don't have cell phones, do we need to start looking to move our blog elsewhere?

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  172. I really really need help guys. Kay so ya I do have a phone but it's broken so I cannot recieve the code thing. I have an email adress which you use to be able to confirm with but I don't think you can anymore. My friends don't want me using their numbers because last time they did they got notified every time the person they verified for got an email. I need this email in the next like half hour. Guys... what can I do? Help me!

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