Gmail also asks for a mobile phone number supposedly for verification purposes.
I had already provided one when I obtained a google voice number 4 or 5 years
ago. So far I haven't experienced any solicitations.
On Dec 24, 2013, at 10:51 AM, "Stephen J Gewirtz" <gewi...@bellatlantic.net>
> I just tried to reinstate an old Yahoo email account that I have not accessed
> for ages. It told me I needed to give a mobile phone number. At that point,
> I quit trying to recreate my account.
> I tried to recreate my account because my wife had suddenly lost access to
> her Yahoo email account. I got emails (since she had given my email as an
> emergency contact) telling her to verify her account. It turned out I think
> that what they wanted was to verify her mobile phone number. This they did,
> and hopefully her Yahoo email account will work again.
> Big Brother is watching! My guess is that Yahoo wants to sell mobile phone
> numbers to advertisers. And I have now twice received calls soliciting money
> on my cell phone, so I know that that is the next big thing, especially to
> reach the younger folk who do not have landlines. It was illegal to
> telemarket to a cell phone, but maybe that is changing. And I get enough
> junk telemarketers on my landline, especially the phishing calls telling me I
> can get a better rate on my credit card and ones trying to market emergency
> call devices to seniors.
> Big Brother is not necessarily the government. We are very much seeing how
> Google, Facebook, Amazon and Yahoo track us.
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