Any way around the cellphone verification requirement for creating a gmail account?

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  1. ComputersRock
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    I tried to create a youtube account. Unfortunately it required a gmail account which requires cellphone verification. Even though I opted out of the cellphone verification checkbox (instead went for the Captcha Verification option), the second page of gmail account creation tried to force cell phone verification. How do I get around this privacy problem? To achieve even the most basic human rights requirements for anonymity, a cellphone verification brutally violates that.

    tl;dr How do create a youtube account with cell phone verification even though Youtube forces that requirement upon me?
  2. mirimir
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    Don't use it ;)

    I'm starting to look, because I plan to put up some video tutorials, and mirimir won't be providing cellphone numbers to Google.

    Here are two lists of alternatives:

    -http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2012/02/20/5-video-sharing-alternatives-to-youtube/
    -http://www.the-top-tens.com/lists/best-alternatives-youtube.asp
  3. DrBenGolfing
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  4. mirimir
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    :)

    But does Google ever want a followup confirmation?

    Also, I'd expect Google to reject disposable cellphone and payphone numbers. It doesn't?
  5. DrBenGolfing
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    I know they take Tracfone numbers.
    Google will ring the number leave a code to type in to confirm.
    Are there still payphones around?
  6. mirimir
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    :)

    Is it voice or text message?

    Payphone hunting is a sport in some places ;)
  7. ComputersRock
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    Unless I can remotely access a payphone from half-way across the world, then that's no use to me and still completely deanonymouzes me.
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  9. PaulyDefran
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    Google uses some sort of algo to determine if some type of verification is needed. I have a Gmail address that is only ever accessed from a VPN (never use it, just did to to see if I could) that didn't require verification. This was a month or two ago. After some research on line, IIRC, a super unique *real* name should get you in, Something like marceautamagotchiATgmail.com :D

    Trial and error, and don't use Tor.

    You can Google (LOL) GMail verification bypass and read up.

    PD

    Thanks for the go-text.me link...my next fun project is to get a Google Voice verification, anonymously :D
  10. popcorn
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    lol gotta love the irony :D
  11. dogbite
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    Actually I've created a second Gmail account just 10min ago. No phone verification at all..I simply unchecked this option and went straight to Chaptcha.
    For the email, I put a yopmail disposable email.
    That was the end of it, no trouble at all.

    I created this account while connected via VPN from Switzerland, I am wondering if this telephone verification might be mandatory when you sign up from US...
    Eventually, try to sign up using a proxy in EU and see if it's a workaround.
  12. Wroll
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    They are very random with this kind of things. I remember creating an account and they were requiring a phone number without any skip problem. Few days after, there was a skip button.
    Also, this account was immediately blocked when I logged in from my phone, via wireless, with the same IP I created the account.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2013
  13. dogbite
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    Another option would be that someone elsewhere located creates the account for you and then you simply change psw afterwards.
    Eventually PM me.
  14. PaulyDefran
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    I thought about this ages ago. Unfortunately, the dog I met on the internet would probably commit crimes with the account I set up for him :D

    PD
  15. mirimir
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    I've seen similar proposals for safe deposit boxes ;)

    If challenged, you "discover" that you've lost the keys, and admit that you stupidly had the bank address and box number written on the little envelope.

    But they need to be walk-in boxes in large urban banks.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2013
  16. dogbite
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    Cave Canem.
  17. EncryptedBytes
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    Well websites do exist, I myself have used (http://voicemail.k7.net/) in the past for youtube accounts, you will just need a throw away email and specify Google to send you a sound verification instead of an SMS. The sound clip will appear in a temporary inbox on that website.
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