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Offline Dim HonTopic starter

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« on: September 23, 2013, 10:41:47 AM »
Having a bit of an issue - I want to get a new YIM account, but their new account log-in says I need a mobile number to verify it.

Thing is I have never owned a mobile. Anyone know if I'm buggered?

Offline Blythe

Re: YIM Account
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 10:43:30 AM »
Someone mentioned what might be a solution for that here; I hope this helps!  ;D

(Never used the site she links to in that post, though, so no idea if it's any good)
« Last Edit: September 23, 2013, 10:45:53 AM by Blythe »

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2013, 10:57:37 AM »
I tried it, but I'm being told it's not a valid number

*wrinkles nose*

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2013, 11:10:24 AM »
I already have a YIM account, but it'll always try and ask me to update with a cell number.  There's some fine print and a teeny little link near the bottom to skip it.  Does your page have something like that?

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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2013, 11:15:17 AM »
*checks again, and shakes head* nope - but I'm going to try something else. It should work unless YIM are being over-restrictive

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2013, 11:17:28 AM »
YIM forces you to put a cell number in now. You don't have the choice to skip it if you're making a new account now. You have to put in a valid mobile phone number. I tried my house number and it wouldn't accept it. They don't send you any messages or anything, so I don't know how it validates it, but yeah, if you don't have a mobile number and you want a new YIM account, you're screwed.

Offline The Dark Raven

Re: YIM Account
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2013, 11:21:01 AM »
Or if you'd rather not give them even more personal information for them to tie you to on the intarwebs. ;)

Offline Blythe

Re: YIM Account
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2013, 11:26:37 AM »
I know I was able to remove my mobile number after getting a YIM, though. Can't remember how, but I did remove it.

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2013, 11:29:11 AM »
If you are opposed to giving out your mobile number, don't make a YIM account.  There are many alternative IM options like Skype.

Only if individuals begin to reduce usage of services that require intrusive personal information, will there be any pressure for them to require less.  We can't keep opting into things that we are uncomfortable with.

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2013, 11:32:10 AM »
But I don't own a mobile

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2013, 11:36:02 AM »
I don't either. I had to cheat my way around it, because most of my friends use YIM. If I use another service, I'd really have no reason to have a service at all since most of my friends already had a YIM account.

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2013, 11:37:13 AM »
*checks again, and shakes head* nope - but I'm going to try something else. It should work unless YIM are being over-restrictive
Sorry.  Worth a shot.  :(


Offline The Dark Raven

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« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2013, 11:49:56 AM »
If you are opposed to giving out your mobile number, don't make a YIM account.  There are many alternative IM options like Skype.

Only if individuals begin to reduce usage of services that require intrusive personal information, will there be any pressure for them to require less.  We can't keep opting into things that we are uncomfortable with.

I don't have a YIM account, mostly for other reasons, but that just adds another "no" to my list. :)

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2013, 11:52:25 AM »
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YIM are being buttmunchers so I'm moving to AIM

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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2013, 12:57:30 PM »
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YIM are being buttmunchers so I'm moving to AIM

They've moved beyond being buttmunchers now...>.>

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2013, 01:01:15 PM »
I think they just don't want people to use their services >_>

Offline Ariel

Re: YIM Account
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2013, 06:15:49 PM »
What bullshit. When something demands your phone number, move on. I' d suggest Gmail, but I think they're doing the same. I dunno, made my account a few years back so I'm not bothered ^^

Anyways, AOL seems like the better option, much simplier. :-)

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2013, 06:23:05 PM »
You can use either another email address or a phone number.

I'm wondering if a Google Voice number would work?

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2013, 06:28:05 PM »
There was no option of email or number, just number. As for a gtalk number, I didn't have a chance to try before they blocked my IP for an undisclosed reason.

So yeah, I'll be using a different IM client ::) 

Offline Hera

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« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2013, 08:23:52 PM »
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Only if individuals begin to reduce usage of services that require intrusive personal information, will there be any pressure for them to require less.  We can't keep opting into things that we are uncomfortable with.

Hear, hear.  There is no online service that would be worth that level of personal intrusion to me.

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Re: YIM Account
« Reply #20 on: September 24, 2013, 02:48:27 AM »
But I don't own a mobile
I don't either. They don't work where I live, so what would be the point? It's almost as bad as YouTube wanting me to give my real name. :P to that too.

Offline Cheka Man

Re: YIM Account
« Reply #21 on: September 29, 2013, 01:36:55 PM »
YM is an idiot. I'm pleased that I got my account before that. And f*** Youtube for trying to get my real name. I will never own a mobile phone-it makes me a big fat target for robbers, costs too much money and lets the government track me everywhere I go.