Gmail — Google now demanding mobile phone number?

I’ve just tried to set up a new gmail address so that I can post to Usenet via Google Groups without receiving a ton of spam, but I got a message saying that Google had detected unauthorised activity on my account and asking me to give them my mobile phone number so that they could send me a verification code. I don’t like giving out my mobile number so I started again, this time choosing a different username. Even though all I’d done was complete the form, though, I got the same message.

It seems that Google is now requiring people to provide a mobile phone number in order to provide them with a Gmail account. I’ll have to look for something else. Does anybody know of any other easy free email accounts? I just want something that I’ll only ever use on Usenet via the web.

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4 Responses to Gmail — Google now demanding mobile phone number?

  1. alan.sloman says:

    How about hotmail from MS?

  2. yahoo.co.uk I use this for my blog email

  3. Michael says:

    GMX is a superb email platform. Even free POP3/IMAP access is available.

    Have a look, http://www.gmx.co.uk

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