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Topic: Why do I need a phone in order to register a new Google account?

Anonymous A started this discussion 2 years ago #23,563

Does Google really have to have every little bit of information about you?

TheSheep !kJ.A4PF7.k joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 19 minutes later[^] [v] #368,174

Yes, so they can track you better.
Fun fact... I havent been logging into any services I know of that are owned by google on my phone, yet since recently, when I go to google.com it asks me if I'm [email protected] and if I would like to sign in :/

That was just creepy.

Anonymous C joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 14 minutes later, 33 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #368,175

you dont, there should be a tiny link somewhere on the page that lets you skip that step.

Anonymous D joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 1 minute later, 35 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #368,176

Give Google your phone number. Do not ask any further questions about this or there will be penalties.

Anonymous A (OP) replied with this 2 years ago, 5 minutes later, 41 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #368,177

@368,175
Maybe there was, but when I went to try it. It wouldn't let me skip.

Anonymous E joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 7 minutes later, 48 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #368,178

I bought a crappy £10 Nokia from Tesco for that very reason. It's really come in handy when sites ask for your phone number but you don't want to give out your main number.

(Edited 3 minutes later.)

Anonymous A (OP) replied with this 2 years ago, 2 minutes later, 50 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #368,179

@previous
That actually works?

Anonymous E replied with this 2 years ago, 2 minutes later, 53 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #368,180

@previous
Yeah.

I never liked giving out my phone number.

squeegee !hbZVTk6JYc joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 6 hours later, 7 hours after the original post[^] [v] #368,207

Why didn't you just click the little link to skip adding a phone?

@368,178
Why don't you just give out a phone number with a fake exchange? You like getting unsolicited sales calls on your burner?

I'll use 555-214-9721 or something like that.

(Edited 1 minute later.)

Syntax joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 3 hours later, 11 hours after the original post[^] [v] #368,236

@previous

I give out a former employer's number. They never recycle so it ends up as I forget what it ends up as.

Once this turned out to be a real pain in ass. I left my wallet at a super market on the check out counter. They found my old company business card and tried to call me.

So it took a while for me to work with bank to figure out where I last used the card. Called them and it was many a mile to return to store and it was still loaded with cold hard cash.

doctor dreamworks md !jdTkvovFCQ joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 9 hours later, 21 hours after the original post[^] [v] #368,334

so that russian spammers dont abuse gmail
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