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goldenlight
10-09-2012, 04:13
Crap! I can't access my Yahoo E-mail account: the one I use for EVERYTHING.

It KEEPS asking me for a cell phone number 'for security purposes', and I sure as hell don't want to give them mine.

The FIRST thing Yahoo, or Google, or Lycos, or Bing does when they get their greasy hands on your cell phone number, is SELL it to as many on line merchants as possible.

They ARE in business to MAKE MONEY, after all. And there is absolutely NOTHING too low for these vultures to do, to make money.

I got the absolute cheapest cell phone, and cell phone plan, I could find. I paid $35 for the phone, which doesn't even have a camera in it, and I use a prepaid plan from T-Mobil. I buy $25 to $50 worth of minutes a year, and as long as I buy more minutes before it's been a year since the last time I bought minutes, unused minutes roll over for the next year.

My plan doesn't even have the ability to send text messages, and I tried like hell to get a plan that doesn't RECEIVE them, either, but T-Mobil, those arseholes, wants to be able to send me text messages from time to time, since each message they send me eats up two minutes worth of talk time, or almost 35 cents per text message I receive.

That adds up REALLY quickly, if I start getting several text messages every day, from all the people that Yahoo will sell my cell phone number to.

And, I sure don't want Yahoo, or ANYBODY else, to be sending me any MORE text messages, either.

Does anybody know of a way to get around giving Yahoo a cell phone number?

I tried giving them my land line number, but Yahoo came back INSTANTLY, and said they were unable to send a text message to that number. Well DUH: it's a LAND LINE number. It seemed like it was worth a try, though.

Despite what Yahoo may think, no EVERYBODY on the planet HAS a cell phone.

I just checked, and I can log into several OTHER Yahoo E-mail accounts that I have.

Also, when I TRY to log into my main E-mail account, and it asks me for my cell phone number, at the top of the page with the 'error' message, it has my first name; the name that is associated with the account.

So, I'm AM logged in: Yahoo just won't let me access my E-mail account.:steamed::steamed::steamed:

I am NOT going to give Yahoo my cell phone number.

That being said: does anybody have any ideas? Yahoo's 'hep' page suggests crap like 'open and close your browser' 'clear your cache and cookies'., close all other open pages, and other worthless crap.

I have Firefox as my main browser, but I also have Google Chrome, and Opera, too, though I rarely use them.

I can't access my E-mail through Chrome or Opera, and I simply never, EVER use Internet Explorer.

skeeter7
10-09-2012, 04:16
When it asks me for my phone number, which has been for the last couple days now, I just hit save and continue without giving them one. It's worked so far.

goldenlight
10-09-2012, 04:33
When it asks me for my phone number, which has been for the last couple days now, I just hit save and continue without giving them one. It's worked so far.

What, exactly, does 'hit save and continue' mean? SAve what?

When YAhoo asks me for my cell phone number, the only option I have have seen is something like 'remind me later'. ????

skeeter7
10-09-2012, 04:37
What, exactly, does 'hit save and continue' mean? SAve what?

When YAhoo asks me for my cell phone number, the only option I have have seen is something like 'remind me later'. ????

I go to the main page and hit "Mail" on the right. Sign in as usual then the page asking for the phone number comes up. On that page, there is a box to enter the phone number. Just below that to the right, I have a big yellow box that says "Save & Continue". I just click that without entering a phone number and it proceeds to my mail page.

Tvov
10-09-2012, 04:46
That screen has come up for me recently, Yahoo asking for "security numbers" after I sign in. I just hit the "home" button in the top right of my screen and it gets me past the "security" screen.

686Owner
10-09-2012, 05:25
Free email has it's price. Try signing up for a pay service.

billkill
10-09-2012, 05:40
You might want to try a mail client like Thunderbird http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/

goldenlight
10-09-2012, 05:55
Free email has it's price. Try signing up for a pay service.

I just LOVE the really nice, helpful people on GNG.

As it happens, I DO have an E-mail address that I PAY for, but the spam handling, and the amount of storage space on Yahoo is vastly superior.

And, if you will reread the VERY FIRST sentence I wrote, at the VERY top of my rather lengthy post, you will see the phrase: 'my Yahoo E-mail account: the one I use for EVERYTHING'.

I've had this E-mail account for at LEAST ten years, while I changed ISP's just 2 or 3 years ago, so EVERYONE I know sends me E-mail at this Yahoo account.

It's the E-mail account I use for Amazon.com, newegg.com, ebay.com, glocktalk.com, and dozens of other websites.

I use that E-mail account to send out between 300 and 400 E-mails a months for my work to reunite owners with their lost cats. My work attracted the attention of a local radio station: they invited me to be interviewed, live, on their program. It is a small independent FM station.

I had to decline: some people say they have a face made for radio: I have a voice that's made for E-mail.

I have severe asthma, and the inhaled steroids, and other inhaled asthma meds, has left me with a voice like a middle aged woman who smokes 3 packs of cigarettes a day. I cringe when I hear my recording on my answering machine.:crying:

But I digress. My apologies.

I REALLY need to get into that Email account.

I receive about 2 dozen E-mails a day on that account that requires an immediate reply, and at least that many more that I don't have to respond to, as well, but are important to me.:dunno::faint::shocked:

686Owner
10-09-2012, 06:03
Sorry I can't help. My yahoo address is my spam account. I have no trouble signing into it without a cell phone number.

Maybe you can block their texts after you give them your number.

kiole
10-09-2012, 06:08
I have literally given my cell phone number to dozens of online service providers(yahoo, google, amazon, Netflix, Hulu etc.) and 50+ online merchants. I have never received one unsolicited call..

denn1911
10-09-2012, 06:18
I go to the main page and hit "Mail" on the right. Sign in as usual then the page asking for the phone number comes up. On that page, there is a box to enter the phone number. Just below that to the right, I have a big yellow box that says "Save & Continue". I just click that without entering a phone number and it proceeds to my mail page.

They've been asking me for the same thing, and clicking the "save and continue" button puts me into my main account. If that doesn't work for you to bypass the requirement, you'll either have to enter the number (not recommended) or have to call Yahoo customer service directly.

devildog2067
10-09-2012, 07:24
I just LOVE the really nice, helpful people on GNG.

As it happens, I DO have an E-mail address that I PAY for, but the spam handling, and the amount of storage space on Yahoo is vastly superior.
So, it's a better product. For free. And they are o my asking for a bit of information. What's the problem?


I've had this E-mail account for at LEAST ten years, while I changed ISP's just 2 or 3 years ago, so EVERYONE I know sends me E-mail at this Yahoo account.

So... You put yourself in a situation where you depend on a service hich you have no control over.

Either give yahoo what they ask for in order to keep giving you free email, or switch to another provider. I still don't see the problem.

FWIW, I don't think Yahoo will sell your number to anyone. They aren't worth much.

Adjuster
10-09-2012, 07:25
None of the companies you mentioned sell or give away your email address or phone number. My Yahoo is acting up this morning but it is not asking me for any identification. Just being slow.



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KenInColorado
10-09-2012, 08:11
There's a little note in the paragraph under where they ask for your phone number that says something like "I'll do this later" or "remind me later". Just click on that, problem solved.

ron59
10-09-2012, 09:17
Google does that too, but there is a "not now" button, and it doesn't ask enough to be annoying.

I am a daily Yahoo mail user, and have never seen this request of which you speak.

ron59
10-09-2012, 09:21
Did you sign up for this and forget?
http://www.ghacks.net/2011/12/09/yahoo-improves-account-security-with-second-sign-in-verification/

Mine is turned off. Sounds like maybe you turned yours on and didn't realize the implication thereo.

frizz
10-09-2012, 09:43
Google does that too, but there is a "not now" button, and it doesn't ask enough to be annoying.

I am a daily Yahoo mail user, and have never seen this request of which you speak.
I've seen the same on Y!, but, like gmail, it is not readily visible. You have to look for a few seconds.

I have been able to get through Y!'s nag screen in a similar way.

I do worry about Y! and G reading my mail as well as saving it forever. It does make me want an independent mail hub. It also makes me wish easy encryption was standard and easy.

I'd like a pony, too.

frizz
10-09-2012, 09:49
So, it's a better product. For free. And they are o my asking for a bit of information. What's the problem?


Devildog -

There are free pop3/smtp e-mail clients that are very powerful. They have spam filtering abilities similar to Y!/G, and there are people who hand-roll filters that you can access for free. (Much like the add-ons to Firefox.)

I wish I knew what the names are, but Google is your friend. Until they violate your privacy.

frizz
10-09-2012, 10:01
FWIW, I don't think Yahoo will sell your number to anyone. They aren't worth much.
Phone numbers are VERY valuable. Think of the money made from selling them back in the heavy telemarketing days.

Drain You
10-09-2012, 10:13
A) carrier messages should not charge you anything
B) you spend $50 a year on cell phone, what's the big deal?

wjv
10-09-2012, 10:23
666-666-6666

321-456-7890

goldenlight
10-09-2012, 10:55
So, it's a better product. For free. And they are o my asking for a bit of information. What's the problem?



So... You put yourself in a situation where you depend on a service hich you have no control over.

Either give yahoo what they ask for in order to keep giving you free email, or switch to another provider. I still don't see the problem.

FWIW, I don't think Yahoo will sell your number to anyone. They aren't worth much.

I just love all the great, really helpful people here in GNG.

you OBVIOUSLY didn't bother to READ my post, yet you feel entitled to spew out your 'words of wisdom'.

Why is that?

I hope that the next time YOU need help, a BUNCH of people JUST LIKE YOU, come and crap all over YOUR thread.

Because, you know: karma is a *****.

The world needs a LOT less people like you.:steamed::steamed::steamed:

NIB
10-09-2012, 11:04
Look around closely, there should be a skip/not now link somewhere. They make it real small and inconspicuous so you don't notice. I don't put my number either for the same reason.

Drain You
10-09-2012, 11:17
http://i.imgur.com/hj6u4.jpg

kensb2
10-09-2012, 11:18
I can tell you that since I gave Y! my cell #, which I did as part of their security upgrades after they noticed 'I' accessed my account from LITHUANIA late one night, that I haven't received any texts or calls from people that weren't already bugging me. Mostly I get calls from Johnstown, PA; it's the Red Cross badgering me for my blood. I really don't believe you have anything to worry about.

devildog2067
10-09-2012, 13:26
I just love all the great, really helpful people here in GNG.

What did you expect? Did you think the SVP of Yahoo mail would see your post and make a special exception just for you?

you OBVIOUSLY didn't bother to READ my post

Read every word. You can access your Yahoo mail, just by giving them your cell phone number. Even your thread title is wrong.


yet you feel entitled to spew out your 'words of wisdom'.

This is GNG, last time I looked, we all are entitled to say whatever we like.


Why is that?[/quote

Because this is a public Internet discussion forum?
[quote]
I hope that the next time YOU need help, a BUNCH of people JUST LIKE YOU, come and crap all over YOUR thread.

Because, you know: karma is a *****.

Hmm... I tried to tell you the truth.

Yahoo is a free service; you're not a "customer" and therefore you have basically zero voice in how they run their business.

They are asking for a piece of information from you in exchange for extending their service to you at no cost. You have two options: give them what they want, or stop using it.

Instead, you choose to post a histrionic rant on the Internet about it, and wish ill will on those who are simply trying to point out the facts which you are, for some reason, too emotionally involved to see.

You can be as mad at me as you like, or say whatever nasty things about me you want. It won't change the facts: you depend on a free service which you have no control over, you refuse to give them your information for a reason which you don't even know to be true, and rather than think logically about your options you choose to throw a man-baby tantrum about it on the Internet.

IndyGunFreak
10-09-2012, 18:06
Google does that too, but there is a "not now" button, and it doesn't ask enough to be annoying.

I am a daily Yahoo mail user, and have never seen this request of which you speak.

Yahoo basically does the same thing. You just leave the phone number field blank, and hit the "Save and Continue" button, and it takes you back to your yahoo homepage, then you can check your mail from there.

I just did it.

Tvov
10-09-2012, 18:56
Yahoo basically does the same thing. You just leave the phone number field blank, and hit the "Save and Continue" button, and it takes you back to your yahoo homepage, then you can check your mail from there.

I just did it.

Actually, I have been doing that the last couple of days but the "security" screen keeps coming up, almost everytime I go to log in. Sometimes I leave the field blank and hit "continue", other times I go to "review my security settings", and then hit continue... but the next time I log in the screen comes up again. I assume and hope it will stop soon.

goldenlight
10-09-2012, 19:13
http://i.imgur.com/hj6u4.jpg

Thank you for posting the screen capture!

Strange: my screen doesn't have the yellow button for 'save and continue'. I have no idea why not.

When I use the link that says 'remind me later', it goes directly to the 'error 15' screen.

And for the record: my cell phone was specifically purchased so that my 90 year old Mother, who lives alone in the 4 level (THREE flights of stairs) house I grew up in, can get a hold of me, 24/7/365.

I sleep with my cell phone, to be sure it wakes me up, in case of emergency: I have had to take my Mother to the ER numerous times. Her insurance doesn't pay for a $2500 advanced care ambulance ride.

She has a LOT of serious health problems.

So, there are only five people who have EVER had my cell phone number: my immediate family.

I tend to stay up late, and get up late. I don't want some idiot from the Red Cross, or anywhere else, calling me or texting my cell phone.

I get texts from T-Mobile, ALWAYS between 3:00 and 4:00AM, at LEAST once a month, as it is, trying to sell me on $100 a month 'data plans'.

Yeah, I'll take 3 of those, and 3 new iPhones, too, because I have so much extra money lying around.:steamed::steamed::steamed:

686Owner
10-09-2012, 21:17
You are causing yourself a lot of headache by trying to save a few cents. I don't get solicitors calling my cell phone, and if I did it would probably be quicker to answer the calls than all the time you've spent trying to avoid giving someone your phone number. But I'm sure you knew that.

thejellster05
10-09-2012, 21:26
OP you're a grouch man. Lots of anger coming out of the opening post. You won't get spammed get off your high horse. cheap skate.

ArtificialGrape
10-10-2012, 05:07
Like several others here I regularly share my cell phone number with a variety of online services and retailers. I have had the same number for over 15 years, and I never receive spam calls.

Below is a snip from http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/details.html
Yahoo! does not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies except to provide products or services you've requested, when we have your permission, or under the following circumstances...

Of course one can choose to believe it's a lie.

-ArtificialGrape

FLIPPER 348
10-10-2012, 07:53
I get texts from T-Mobile, ALWAYS between 3:00 and 4:00AM, at LEAST once a month, as it is, trying to sell me on $100 a month 'data plans'.

:


...so do one of two things, both are easy:
a- roll over and go back to sleep since you get to 'sleep late'
2- turn the message tone off for incoming texts

wjv
10-10-2012, 10:02
If they do call just say: Put me on your effing "NO CALL" list. . .

goldenlight
10-12-2012, 23:36
...so do one of two things, both are easy:
a- roll over and go back to sleep since you get to 'sleep late'
2- turn the message tone off for incoming texts

Unfortunately, there's no way to turn the 'tone off' for text messages, on my phone. I don't have a 'smart phone'.

It doesn't have a keyboard, or a camera. It doesn't play MP3 files, or access the Internet.

I just have a 'stupid phone'. All it does is make phone calls, nothing else. I've never wanted to send a text message, because there's no way to know if and when people read them. If you call them and talk to them, they can't say 'I didn't get your text message'.

That's all I need it to do, since my elderly Mother only has a land line.

droidfire
10-13-2012, 03:45
Get a google voice number. Give that.

Then get yourself a gmail account, and when you can log into yahoo again setup forwarding to go to the gmail account.

You're welcome.

md2lgyk
10-13-2012, 06:32
Google does that too, but there is a "not now" button, and it doesn't ask enough to be annoying.

I am a daily Yahoo mail user, and have never seen this request of which you speak.

I got this same annoying message. It is apparently a phishing scam that's making the rounds.

czsmithGT
10-13-2012, 08:17
I don't know Yahoo mail but from what you have said I think a couple solutions would be
- Go to Walmart or one of those place and get the cheapest tracfone they have, around here they still have ones for $9.90 something plus tax that includes something like 10 free minutes. Activate it and use that number for logging in to your yahoo mail

- Download Thunderbird for free and set up your Yahoo Mail account as a client. Probably not the best approach if you want to access your yahoo mail from any computer but it should work to get your mail on your mail computer where you have Thunderbird.

686Owner
10-13-2012, 08:19
Unfortunately, there's no way to turn the 'tone off' for text messages, on my phone. I don't have a 'smart phone'.

It doesn't have a keyboard, or a camera. It doesn't play MP3 files, or access the Internet.

I just have a 'stupid phone'. All it does is make phone calls, nothing else. I've never wanted to send a text message, because there's no way to know if and when people read them. If you call them and talk to them, they can't say 'I didn't get your text message'.

That's all I need it to do, since my elderly Mother only has a land line.

What brand is it, fisher price? Every phone I've ever had allowed you to select a tone for the text and ringtone. Even the ones without a color screen.

FLIPPER 348
10-13-2012, 09:11
Unfortunately, there's no way to turn the 'tone off' for text messages, on my phone. I don't have a 'smart phone'.





Every phone I've ever had was able to turn off the message tone. What make/model is your phone??

FLIPPER 348
10-13-2012, 09:13
What brand is it, fisher price? .


....it's the 1st World Problem phone with unlimited pity-party minutes.