I've "skipped" that recommendation for years. My yahoo still works fine and I haven't given them my mobile number.
It's funny, because the original excuse was "recently
there have been security issues and we need your mobile number to keep you safe from security threats" or something to that effect. Now, within the last month, the excuse is "we need your mobile number in case you forget your password, to keep your account secure". Hilarious the reasons they give to entrap you into giving them your mobile number, so they can identify you personally.
Nice try yahoo, but like I said in my complaint, you'll never get my mobile number simply because there is no reason to need it other than to personally identify me
I've had my yahoo account for 13+ years, without a mobile number, there is no reason for me to provide such personal information. It's worked fine for 13 years and still does today, without my mobile number.
Avoid any email service that requires a mobile number, and yes, gmail asks for your mobile number and won't let you create an account without one. Yahoo may have been different, but I believe now they require a mobile number as well. If you're "grandfathered" in you may be able to bypass, but good luck. I have to "skip" the nagging "enter your mobile phone number" every single time I log in to yahoo, and who knows when they'll remove the "skip" option. Anonymity is impossible on the internet nowadays.
Also, I believe in stability so my mobile number hardly changes, but what about other people? I know people who can't keep the same number for more than 3 months. What happens then? You lose all access to your email if you can't remember the password? And what about people that don't have a mobile number?? Yeah, that's thinking alright. /sarc
But it truly is thinking. They want a non-anonymous internet and they are enforcing it. The fact you can't have an email from certain providers without a mobile number is proof in itself.Edited by r0llinlacs - 10/17/15 at 3:57am