Yahoo wants a cell phone number!

@coffeebreak (17827)
United States
March 7, 2013 9:17pm CST
Yahoo is almost requiring it...maybe others are too..but the email clients are asking for a mobile number for "back up", and to contact you should you need access to your email acoount and can't get it the usual way...they contact you via cell phone. Well,,,, I don't have nor do I want a cell phone...yet they continue to ask, I click "ask later" and they do and it is getting to where they won't leave me alone about it. I have aske the help area about it and try to use my home phone and it won't take it (how do they know it is a land line and not a cell anyway?). Why..why do they need this info? ALl these years they ahve just asked for another email addy, I haven't given one, but now that isn't enough. THey want your cell number. If I don't give them one, are they going to delete me from Yahoo? It is bad enough we have to have PINS and passwords for literally everywhere we go on the internet, but now...they want us to have cell phones too? When will it end!?!??!?!?!?!
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8 responses
@BarryVP (46)
8 Mar 13
I agree. There is something about all this gathering of information that makes me uncomfortable..whether it's the site being hacked and data stolen or them themselves passing onto other companies as happens everyday it's worrying. Some have enough details from you to do it all- send you a letter or visit you in person, ring you or text you when they like and more, which of course is often fine for genuine websites but the point is a lot is not needed. Thankfully things like home address's are not often asked but now it is mentioned, I seem to remember filling in my home address an awful lot on websites I recently joined and I really should not of done. I am positive everytime I put my mobile number on any website at all, that it will be immiediately sold to another company as I get so many spam calls and texts already, I sort of give uo with my number. But it's right, we give way too much information.
@coffeebreak (17827)
• United States
8 Mar 13
Oh I know...so much is asked for and usually not even needed for the reason you are giving it! And you know they sell all information to someone else..how else do all these telemarketers get my UNLISTED landline number! I remember back in about 1990 I worked with a gal...her husband worked for Northrop...in a casual conversation, she said her husband said that the next huge area of interest and jobs is going to be INFORMATION. At the time I didn't exactly understand it, but it was before online etc was really popular...but in recent years, I have realized what she meant!
8 Mar 13
Uhuh. Late last year, I think it was, I got an email from Vodafone. Ok out of the blue is one thing but forget that for a minute. The issue, shocking issue I have is they did not address it to me but addressed it to my self employed business. Why shocking? Well because although I came up with the name for my company around 2011, I have used it in VERY little places. As in other words, there are about 10 organisations that have been handed my business name by me and one of those is HMRC the English Tax office so apart from them there are 9 or less companies that have this information, all should be as respectable as Vodafone supposedly is but one of them has sold my information to a mobile phone company. I confronted them on Twitter about it and Vodafone said something about if I had registered with any affiliated companies or anything and I said no, but never heard back from them again to explain just how they knew my business name and details as I politely demanded that they should be lawfully telling me this information. Yes my business is online but I barely even reference the name of the company on the main website and they'd only see it if Vodafone etc visited it and doubt they went looking for random websites to steal details of. So I certainly will not be using vodaphones mobile servies, with their questionable data procurement! Wow. Yes I can imagine, even in the 90's who among us used the internet? Well I was a young child anyway and it was in early days too like me lol so yeah it's hard too imagine but now sadly we know all too well! Thats why I say to my younger sister...the "Golden age" of the internet has gone. I really believe it. Now the companies, scammers and so on have migrated online and it's just not quite as fun or safe as it used to be. There is good of course like complaining to companies via twitter instead of ringing or emailing but I really think 90s internet for those of us who remember, and early 2000's was the best. Look at how many adverts are littering websites now, pop ups you cant avoid, adverts before video, the "free internet" was good while it lasted.
@coffeebreak (17827)
• United States
9 Mar 13
YOu are so right. The "golden age" of internet is gone. To much available to use and to much available to trash and to much opportunity to scam and cheat and use it for other than intended. TMI....to much information!
• United States
8 Mar 13
Yahoo pi$$ed me off about two years ago so I switched to Gmail. every once in a while Gmail asks the same thing. I simply log off and relog in and the question is gone. I have a cell phone but I will not give my number to them! I already have another gmail address they can send the help I'll need to log in.
@coffeebreak (17827)
• United States
9 Mar 13
I figure that, but why not let the land line ring and have someone pick it up? I also figure it is probably more for texting than messages tho. either way..they aren't getting my number!
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• United States
9 Mar 13
Damn Straight!
• Japan
8 Mar 13
I received this email a while ago and just deleted it. I am not providing my phone number coz I don't want to receive more junk mail. Seems like everything is updating.
@coffeebreak (17827)
• United States
8 Mar 13
That's what I say..t hey already have plenty! They dont' need my cell phone, if I had one. An alternate email is plenty!
• Japan
8 Mar 13
I know that's right! Maybe we need our phone because of more telemarketing haha
@coffeebreak (17827)
• United States
8 Mar 13
Oh no....not me! I get so many calls now for telemarketing and soliciting! I have a cell phone my daughter made me get as I do day care for her daughter and she insisted I need one for emergencies. Later when she didn't need my day care anymore, she kept paying for it for me and then she couldn't afford it anymore so I told my husband that if he had one, I should get one..just because it isn't fair that he get one and not me, but anyway...it sits there and the only calls I get are telemarketers! Really odd area codes and half hte time they are recorded messages and I can't even tell them no, take me off your list! Yahoo isn't getting any more from me!
• United States
9 Mar 13
That is the one thing I do not like about Yahoo is that they ask for the cell phone number. So far I have not given it to them nor will I give it to them. I feel that my cell phone number is private and therefore I should only give it out to the people I want to have it. I hope they do not delete you. I am wondering if I should email yahoo and voice my concern.
@coffeebreak (17827)
• United States
9 Mar 13
I haven't heard any other carrier asking for the phone number. I did contact them with the HELP option and told them I dont have cell number...do I need to go elsewhere for my email server? and they haven't answered! If they de-activate me cause of it, oh well, I'll just go elsewhere!
@youless (67676)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Mar 13
I don't want to give them my cellphone number. As today there are already enough junk calls and SMS. Our personal information is sold everywhere. I don't want my cellphone will be in public. So giving it to a website is not so safe in my opinion, even if it is Yahoo. Why they have to need my cellphone number? I can have my backup email and they can send my new password if there is something wrong.
@coffeebreak (17827)
• United States
9 Mar 13
I know! You are preaching to the choir! WHy do they need it? Well, they don't! I have the back up email to. I know they will sell it or solicit me with it.. and I don't want what they are selling!
@kprofgames (2906)
• United States
8 Mar 13
If a site asks for my cell phone number, I exit the page. There is no reason for them to request this information. An alternative e-mail address question was annoying enough to me when had a yahoo address. I get annoyed with many sites that 'have' to have a cell phone to get information from them or sign up for this or log in for that. I'm not giving out my cell phone number and I shouldn't have to 'log in' to get information on a produce that they want to sell.
@coffeebreak (17827)
• United States
8 Mar 13
I agree. They have enough. I guess I was just wondering if they would tell me I can't do yahoo without it. I am not all that into the internet and all their crap-ola...and most certainly not into cell phones. I just wonder why they are always asking me for it. I log into my account and often that page shows up. I clikc "ask me later" or whatever option they have and it doesn't come back for about a week.
@cathylmg (284)
• Singapore
11 Mar 13
Not only Yahoo. Lately I've found that Facebook is also wanting my contact number and refusing log-ins if I don't comply. I wonder what made them so desperate?
@akp100 (11749)
• India
9 Mar 13
Ha ha. Yes even I noticed the same thing, and I wonder why they want it after user ignore it so much time. I just used to press that 'later' button whenever they give me button. I guess they should keep one more button like 'no thanks'. I mean such thing should not be compulsory. Even I am having my cell phone but I don't want to give its number to all the sites. That's sounds really weird.. Such options should not be compulsory.