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GMail now requires that you have a mobile phone

in order to open a new email account

     
1:39 pm on Aug 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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They will send an activation code via SMS to your mobile phone for verification.
1:40 pm on Aug 11, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Does anybody not have a cellphone these days?
5:29 pm on Aug 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I think the point of doing this is to cut back on the spammers. By linking multiple accounts to the same number they can see if it is a spammer.bot creating the accounts.

After all, they do register accounts that a legitimate person might be interested to have.

9:08 pm on Sept 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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In last couple months I had rec'd a huge number of spam emails from bogus gmail acc'ts. At same time, I was finding more and more that my outbound emails from my Gmail acc't were going to other people's spam folder...not a good trend. I figured Google would try to do something to stop the tarnishing of Gmail's reputation. Glad they have. Hope it works.
I was already thinking, oh no...now I have to swap my main acc't for something else and I have a lot of info@website.com email forwarded to my gmail acc't right now and it would be a lot of work to re-structure everything. Plus I love Gmail..I am so accustomed to it :o)
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Now? I thought that was always the way it was- cell phone or get invited by someone who already had a Gmail account.