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Mobile number nag

Post by Tunnelcat » Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:49 pm

I don't own a cell phone. I don't text. How the hell can I stop both Google and Yahoo from constantly nagging me for a mobile number every time I try to log into my email? I don't have a mobile number you morons! I'm a cell phone luddite, OK. :x
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by fliptw » Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:01 pm

its called two-factor authentication, it helps prevent people from stealing your account.

Google at least, has a voice option, and you can use an app from your ipad.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Krom » Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:05 pm

Google has a voice call option that works for land lines. However it is somewhat inconvenient because if you use it and then you attempt to log in to your gmail account from some other computer somewhere else, you won't be able to get the codes because you won't be able to answer your phone. This is why it is only practical when you use a cell phone.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Tunnelcat » Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:23 pm

Well, I do have a android tablet, which would work for Google. But I don't know about Yahoo. I'll have to check. Still, requiring a cell number is stupid. Why not let a person use another email address? Not everyone in this country has a cell phone. I still have a landline. The reason I don't have a cell is that it's too expensive. Besides, I really have no use for one.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by sigma » Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:37 am

Wait, how are you able to contact emergency services or with your family, if the need arises for this? For example, I have several times found himself in situations where the mobile phone and mobile internet is much simpler to solve the problems.
If you are bored of the query window of your mobile phone numbers, just create another account and buy on the street a stolen SIM card. What's the problem then?
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Tunnelcat » Sun Jul 27, 2014 4:43 pm

I have a phone sigma. It's on an old-fashioned land line. Remember those things that phones used to be connected to called copper wires? I'm sure Russians are quite familiar with them. I just can't carry the phone around with me or receive texts and Google wants a cell number for texts. And a land line links the caller ID with my address. Much better for emergency services to find me, at home at least. :lol:
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by sigma » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:03 pm

tunnelcat wrote: copper wires? I'm sure Russians are quite familiar with them.
To be honest, I do not really understand what kind of phone you mean. My first mobile phone was Motorola (Russian slang for "brick").
Looks like this.

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Sometimes my boss gave me an Iridium satellite phone, for I was constantly in touch even in my holiday in another country... But that was long ago, and now I can not remember any mobile phone that you mean. You can give a picture? I'm just curious, what is it can be.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by woodchip » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:11 pm

TC, just get a Obama phone. Problem solved :P
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by sigma » Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:34 pm

tunnelcat wrote: copper wires? I'm sure Russians are quite familiar with them.
I think I understand what you mean. In fact, it would be much easier if you could write in Russian language :) But nothing. Of course, I am familiar with the methods of deception telephone machines and ATMs :) :wink:
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Spidey » Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:35 pm

Lol, maybe they actually don’t have a hard wired phone system in Russia.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Tunnelcat » Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:44 pm

Sorry sigma, I not good at Russian. But a picture's worth a thousand words. I've currently got one of these phones sigma. I just don't have a mobile phone. I don't travel or socialize with people anymore, so why own one?

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I even still own of these Bell system rotary wall phones from the 1970's stored in my basement. Still works too if I plug it in. Holy crap! Someone on Ebay wants $109 for this thing. It must now be so old now it's a collectable.

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woodchip wrote:TC, just get a Obama phone. Problem solved :P
Hey woody, that gold wall phone is built like the proverbial brick sh*thouse. They don't build them that good anymore in the post regulatory phone company age. :P
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by sigma » Tue Jul 29, 2014 4:11 am

Nice things! :) I do not know why you do not want to travel, but at least you reminded me of one of entertainment when it is not necessary to travel :wink:
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Sirius » Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:43 am

GMail doesn't give you some way to switch the "reminders" off? Not that it'd really surprise me if it didn't - but as a courtesy to the customer... you can't always assume they want the feature you're offering.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by snoopy » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:56 am

TC, do you have one of these?

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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by sdfgeoff » Wed Aug 06, 2014 10:57 pm

I don't like it on principle. "Give us more personal information so we can protect your ... personal information???"
Everywhere wants my mobile number, supermarket chains, email services, [eugh]facebook[/eugh], the list goes on. The only place I've ever given it to other than people I know is the bank. They're the only business-people I want to be able to contact me at any time.

Gmail eventually stopped bugging me for my cellphone number, after clicking 'skip' for a couple months.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Top Gun » Wed Aug 06, 2014 11:02 pm

I just direct my Gmail accounts through Thunderbird. Saves me having to deal with any nonsense the web interface may pull.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Jeff250 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 7:02 am

Top Gun wrote:I just direct my Gmail accounts through Thunderbird. Saves me having to deal with any nonsense the web interface may pull.
Same. Gmail + IMAP for the win.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by snoopy » Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:04 pm

Jeff250 wrote:
Top Gun wrote:I just direct my Gmail accounts through Thunderbird. Saves me having to deal with any nonsense the web interface may pull.
Same. Gmail + IMAP for the win.
Did you guys do the device matching thing? I have the same set up (POP, in the theory that it'll maybe protect me from subpoenas (but, I don't think it really does))
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Jeff250 » Fri Aug 08, 2014 1:05 pm

Device matching thing?
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Sirius » Sat Aug 09, 2014 12:25 pm

From what I understand, the POP thing doesn't actually delete things out of Gmail... it was the recommended option for transferring e-mail from one Gmail account to another, and that's what the help text was saying about it. Not exactly standard behavior, but Gmail does have an ideology of not having to delete e-mails, so... yeah :)

Though they might also have been tired of handling tech support for people who couldn't figure out why they couldn't get e-mail on their phone when they had their desktop client using POP...
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by snoopy » Mon Aug 11, 2014 6:45 am

Jeff250 wrote:Device matching thing?
Once/If you enable two-factor passwords, you can have Google generate a device/program-particular password - so your two factors are the password and the mac (or whatever they use) rather than forcing you to use the text system all of the time.

Sirius: Yeah, the PoP method seems to shift the E-mails out of the Inbox" but I think they persist online in "all mail" - so I believe you're correct that they don't completely go away online.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Tunnelcat » Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:45 pm

Top Gun wrote:I just direct my Gmail accounts through Thunderbird. Saves me having to deal with any nonsense the web interface may pull.
How does that work TG? I see that's from Mozilla. I'm using Firefox right now.
sdfgeoff wrote:Gmail eventually stopped bugging me for my cellphone number, after clicking 'skip' for a couple months.
They quit for awhile, then they seem to start in nagging again.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Top Gun » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:22 pm

Outlook or any other dedicated e-mail client could presumably do the same thing. You'd just need to set up a new IMAP account; GMail's help pages should have the server info you'd need to fill in. At least in Thunderbird, you can choose to dump multiple accounts into a single inbox, or else keep them separated into different folder trees; I went with the latter, just to prevent confusion.
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Re: Mobile number nag

Post by Tunnelcat » Thu Aug 21, 2014 1:28 pm

Sounds great, I'll try setting up Thunderbird.
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