Recently I tried registering a new GMail account. Found an available userID, filled in all the info, verified a very difficult captcha (that took me half minute to read ), clicked on the "I accept" stuff and ... wtf - I got the following message: I was actually presented with two options - either verify by phone or by SMS, which in both cases as you d imagine, I had to supply them with a phone number! Excuse me - did I miss something here? Since when am I to provide such confidential data in order to activate what is supposed to be a free service? What "unusual activity"? There was nothing unusual - just a simple registration. At the bottom of the page was another message: Now that's comforting. I know Google is trying to cut down on the amount of spammers out there, but this isn't the way to go. This is total breach of privacy and a highly unethical approach that IMO if someone was to be the first to go down that path - it would be M$. Didn't expect that from Google. Does anyone know a way around this, so that I won't have to give them a phone number or call their technical support to activate 'manually'?