Its a principle, a phone is not a form of identity, its a contact method. It is prone to being stolen, lost, misused, reassigned, changed and is a victim of no signal. There are a plethora of other more secure means of verifying identity. I for one use a YubiKey and my laptop also have a fingerprint reader and my surface pro has windows hello. Various companies i use also accept 1 of these forms of 2fa, including banks, skrill, gumtree, payee, governments, stripe. Yet paypal wants only a mobile number.
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I'm with OP, I dont have a mobile phone and i wont get one, not for paypal, not for any company and not even for my boss. I dont want to be carying around a GPS tracking device everywhere I go constantly listening to what I say. I dont want the governement to be able to access my life history of something I might has said or done in the past because they changed the law and no longer hold the same values as me. I dont want to be a target of investigation and constant survalence because I know a friend whos brother married a girl and her father has ties to an underground drug ring. I don't want people who are not my friend to be able to unsoliciatly contact me without my permission for the purpose of trying to sell me that new thing they do that i dont care about. In the age of data, I dont exist.
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