Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but when did this happen? I went to create a new gmail account today and voila! You have to enter your phone number to get a verification code sent via SMS. What?? That’s ridiculous.
I appreciate your interest in curbing spam, but surely, SURELY there’s a better way than to make me register my phone. Half the point of my gmail accounts is to keep spam down on my own. The last thing I want is to have my phone number associated with an email account.
So now I’m stuck. I’d like to register for a sweepstakes online, but want to use my typical spamwatch method: create a new mail account for specifically THE site I’m registering on. If I start getting crap in that email account, I know exactly who sold my info.
Sheesh, I guess I’ll bite the bullet, register the SMS, and thank all that is techie I have unlimited texting on my phone (the Nim plan, as it’s called by my friends. Bite me, friends!).
*grumble, sulk, smash, stomp*