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So, I've been researching options. None are perfect. However, you can purchase a virtual phone number that handles SMS. Then there's Google voice, which is free, which might solve the problem because you get a virtual phone number that handles SMS.
You have marked this issue as "solved".
It is NOT solved.
Just because you will accept non-smart phones does not solve it.
Many of us do not have mobile phones at all.
(Or do not EVER share the numbers with businesses. Or can't be reached on them because we live in areas with poor reception and therefore cannot use them to receive calls just because you've decided it's time to contact us.)
It's bad enough that you won't let people open new accounts without a mobile phone number.
I have happily and successfully used PayPal for years, with no mobile phone and no problem.
Suddenly, you won't let me access my own account, without adding a mobile phone number which does not exist.
I am currently going to my online/streaming accounts that I pay for using PayPal and cancelling the accounts. When they ask why I tell them that it is because of PayPal draconian policy of forcing users to buy and use a cell phone. Their loss of income is the result of PayPal's policy and I will not be renewing my accounts with them as long as they us PayPal
Was PayPal ever planning to notify those of us without mobile numbers that we would be locked out of our accounts? I've received no email from PayPal on this topic, and none of the prompts asking for mobile numbers ever indicated that they would be required.
Is there any plan to remove the now non-functional "Call you with a code" option from the log in page?
Is there any plan to add this new requirement to the support FAQ?
I also do NOT have a mobile phone at all. I can access this community board but cannot access my account at all. Guess my 20+ years for using PayPal has come to an end, and just in time for me to have to figure out what I am going to do in regards to accepting payments with a small on line sales business I am just getting off the ground..... I was planning on using PayPal but looks like that is no longer going to be an option. As of a couple weeks ago all I was going to have to do is tack on a business side to the account.
Try Stripe they at least offer the the option to apply to have the SMS requirement removed from your login. As a bonus their rates are better.
Before you try that, have a read of the latest update to the user agreement (effective end of April).
It's so vague as to be incomprehensible but I bet it'll be another attempt to twist everyone's arms until they buy a mobile to be able to use their account.
If it is I've already done first drafts asking for guidance from the UK HMRC and FCA.