We are in the early testing stages of SMS (text message) based account verification. Before we can deploy this widely, we need to determine how reliable the SMS gateway we are using is at delivering, especially to non-U.S. numbers. Please give it a try here:
From our records, it looks like you mistyped one of the digits in your phone number (not the zero, but one later in your phone number). That said, I'm sure that typos in phone numbers will be common, so you're absolutely right that we need to address this possibility.
Paul...I tried this once again and selected the Call Me Now since I do not have texting. I got the call and listened for the confirmation code. I entered the code and it failed. Says it was an error entry. I tried again. Same! I listened several times as the voice repeated the code and I entered it correctly, but still it failed!!!
Ok, looks like you confused a B for D. We tried to eliminate all the letters that could be easily confused, but it seems like B and D are phonetically fairly close, so we'll get rid of one of them. Try this: K6LXD5
It was quite literally instantaneous. Barely had I pressed the submit when I received the acknowledgement. It was so quick, I got a fright and jumped out of my seat. Expected it to take a minute or two, so be warned all. Don't think Scotty could have transported me over the Atlantic any quicker!
I read pauldeeds comment for those of us who do not have cell phones. I don't. If this goes through and you want me to verify, you will need to have the voice option set up asap.
What about stolen cell phones, and/or borrowed those for a couple of hours by a "friend" without the owner of the cell phone knowing? How would you know if a "friend" let someone borrow the cell phone just for this purpose?
How do cell phone numbers work? If someone stops using a cell phone, doesn't that number go back into circulation for another user like they do with regular home phone numbers? That would pose a whole new set of problems.