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# 99798 27-Mar-2012 18:05
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On an old phone or whatever. I outright refuse to give facebook my cellphone number for account verification. It annoys me that giant companies like google and facebook are doing this. Rip the free and open internet. 

If you can help pm me your number. I had an old cdma lying around but gave it to the salvation army.

edit , if you know a work around let me know too i tried using 'recieve sms online' but facebook says the number i used was recently used to verify a different account.

All i want to do is make a facebook account and what should take 10 minutes annoys me for half a day 

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  # 600872 27-Mar-2012 18:16
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Don't they only want your number if you want to use SMS to send/receive updates?



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  # 600878 27-Mar-2012 18:21
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nope they want it so i can 'verify' my account and 'edit'my username 

as far as im concerned having my mobile number is completely unnecessary and having my email address verified is verified enough

 
 
 
 


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  # 600880 27-Mar-2012 18:24
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So they should have mine? If you feel so precious about it why not buy a throw away sim?



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  # 600882 27-Mar-2012 18:28
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'old phone' i just want to make a throw away account and see no reason for giving them my cell phone number 

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  # 600904 27-Mar-2012 18:46
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These are their rules. If you don't like it, then get a cheap SIM card, borrow someone's phone and use it. Then throw the SIM card in the rubbish bin.

In any case, if you don't want YOUR number on Facebook, why would someone else want their number in a "throw away account" account?

It doesn't sound fair all around to me.




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  # 600905 27-Mar-2012 18:48
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Couldn't you just get a really cheap sim card and use that? 2Degrees used to have $5 sim cards loaded with $5 credit - I think.

And you could hold onto that sim for any future similar needs - until it expired.



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  # 600907 27-Mar-2012 18:53
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yes i see what you are saying i was thinking more of an old cdma phone laying around that is still connected, it is useless in a couple of months anyway if i still had mine i would use it

 
 
 
 


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  # 600908 27-Mar-2012 18:54
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is this something new.  years ago when I signed up, I didnt have to give cellphone number and still havent given it.




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  # 600911 27-Mar-2012 19:02
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gmail didn't use to ask for it either

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  # 600912 27-Mar-2012 19:02
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Am I the only one not on Facebook? The logic alludes me. You don't want to enter a mobile phone but you are going to create an online presence for the world to see.

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  # 600913 27-Mar-2012 19:04
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qwerty7: gmail didn't use to ask for it either


gmail still don't

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  # 600915 27-Mar-2012 19:05
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It will be a "throw away account" so it's not like a presence for the world to see.

On the other hand the whole Facebook thing can be useful. Last night we were waiting for someone to join us for dinner. He missed out due to some work (IT release stuff) and I had his number because on Windows Phone it will bring down information from LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Exchange, Windows Live, GMail and merge all contacts - I never entered his phone number anywhere, but I had it because he entered on Facebook...







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  # 600967 27-Mar-2012 20:36
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never mind , sorted it , thanks anyway

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  # 601085 28-Mar-2012 08:59
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blakamin:
qwerty7: gmail didn't use to ask for it either


gmail still don't


They prod you mercilessly to give it to them so you can recover your password easily and use it as a OTP for 2-factor authentication. 

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  # 601090 28-Mar-2012 09:02
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Which is a good reason. People use insecure passwords, get their email accounts accessed by third parties who go on to scam people with emails like "Hi, I'm in Europe now, got mugged, can I borrow some money". And because they can access your email they are able to reply to your questions, in effect "authenticating" themselves to the scam victims.

A couple of months ago I posted a conversation I had with someone who was "mugged" in the UK, asking for money, over Facebook chat (the scam artist was using someone else's Facebook account, I was on Live Messenger). Obviously the scam artist knew the person's wife's name, employee, etc so they were able to pull a convincing conversation.

Knowing this kind of scam happens I managed to get the guy going along for almost an hour before telling him to disappear.

Obviously this is just one example...





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