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last night i tried to open a new gmail account only to find that i cant unless i give them a cell phone number to confirm. does anyone know how long it has been like this? i was annoyed, i dont want to give my cell phone number out like that, they claim its to stop spammers and the like which i think is ridiculous. Do you think a lot of people will have a problem doing this? I for one don't like it.

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Re: New Gmail requires a cell phone number?

I had no idea they required a cell phone number, how odd is that? I wouldn't want to give out my number either, now I'm wondering too how long it's been like this...

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Re: New Gmail requires a cell phone number?

yerah no joke plus not everyone has a cell phone. Are you sure this is not a step that can be skipped?

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Re: New Gmail requires a cell phone number?

exactly, thats what i said. i did go to the FAQ's and there was a question about how can one sign up without a cell phone and it said that if you dont have a cell phone then ask a friend to use their number just so you could get the confirmation code or something to that effect. but to answer your question, no there was no way around it I don''t Know

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Re: New Gmail requires a cell phone number?

gmail used to do this because it was by invitation only i thought. so they asked for a cell number to confirm. i never had any problems with it but becasue its mysteriously reverted back to this policy makes me suspecious too. especially b/c i have set up a few gmail emails just this year and never been asked for a ph number.

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Re: New Gmail requires a cell phone number?
I just tested this out, set up another gmail account. It did not ask for my cell phone number. (or any personal information extending beyond the norm: first and last name, alternate email, etc.)
were you using a TOR browser or something?

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Re: New Gmail requires a cell phone number?

really? how strange. no i was using FF. i will try again later maybe it was just a glitch or something or i hope so anyway.

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Re: New Gmail requires a cell phone number?
Did you provide an alternate email address? Did it ask for the cell phone number on the First page or was it the next?
I just googled this and apparently it is a new protocol, though i don't have all the details, for new users.
Weird, wonder if bc they already have my IP stored or something they didn't ask me?
Read more about it here. I don't agree with this--it is an elitist and annoying move for them to make. They can prevent spammers from signing up a lot of other ways. That specific way is quite unnecessary and drastic.

Re: New Gmail requires a cell phone number?

How odd. I've had gmail since I got an origional invite before the beta was opened up, and it certainly didn't ask for a phone number... I don 't agree with it. Shame on Google.

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Re: New Gmail requires a cell phone number?

yeah give us your cell number so we can spam you or sell it - no thanks google! Lets see how long this lasts because I'm sure they are going to loose alot of folks

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Re: New Gmail requires a cell phone number?

it says they wont of course but im not taking a chance no way and i hope they do lose lots of people, its just so ridiculous.

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