GCE activation phone number limit

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fishtek

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Hey guys,

Setting up an new google account because my current one has run out of the free credits, however when I went to create it, I got to the step to punch in my phone number to activate and received the error that the phone number has been used to many times.

According to this thread: https://support.google.com/accounts/thread/3334328?hl=en it can only be used for 10 google accounts forever. How is everyone else handling this issue to keep on using the free google credits?
 

fishtek

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So I'm in the states actually and whenever I sign up for a google account, the first page is pick a username and password and after that it asks for a phone number to "activate" the account. Perhaps I'm totally doing something wrong? Or maybe I should try signing up by VPN'ing to another country first.
 
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Admin9705

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really, i just never had to pick a phone number to active it. heck, i create some with a free google account and same debit card. I rotate the cards around each time though.
 

fishtek

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hmm so here is what I've been trying:
  • https://cloud.google.com/ and then at the very bottom it says 'Google Cloud Platform' -> "Get started for free", click that.
  • new page opens where it asks me to "sign in" to my account, but at the bottom it has in blue "create account",
  • I click "create account" and it prompts for myself or business, I choose "for myself"
  • the form changes to first / last name, email address and password. If I want, it lets me create an email address or use an existing one.
  • I've tried both creating and using an existing (non google email), however in both cases, when I click to the next page it prompts to "Verify your phone number"... as shown in the attached screenshot.
Anybody else running into this? Or is google just picking on me! ;)
 

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sempermma

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Can confirm the same challenge. Manually removing your phone number and deleting old accounts does not remove the limit of accounts associated with your phone number.
 

itsgoingdown

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hmm so here is what I've been trying:
  • https://cloud.google.com/ and then at the very bottom it says 'Google Cloud Platform' -> "Get started for free", click that.
  • new page opens where it asks me to "sign in" to my account, but at the bottom it has in blue "create account",
  • I click "create account" and it prompts for myself or business, I choose "for myself"
  • the form changes to first / last name, email address and password. If I want, it lets me create an email address or use an existing one.
  • I've tried both creating and using an existing (non google email), however in both cases, when I click to the next page it prompts to "Verify your phone number"... as shown in the attached screenshot.
Anybody else running into this? Or is google just picking on me! ;)
I think you can get pass that phone number thingy if you make an account on android.
 
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KingyBear1

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I had an issue once of Google Cloud wanting ID, it was after I made a second account with too similar details I think. So I have been making the accounts in Gmail 1st using personal details from a fake name generator. Once the account is set up in Gmail then go into google cloud and start the trial.
 

Spoonsy1480

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I had an issue once of Google Cloud wanting ID, it was after I made a second account with too similar details I think. So I have been making the accounts in Gmail 1st using personal details from a fake name generator. Once the account is set up in Gmail then go into google cloud and start the trial.
How do you get round this with billing, I just tried setting up a new account and it wanted photo Id before I could use that card.
The other issue I have is it keeps adding to my google accounts
 

KingyBear1

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How do you get round this with billing, I just tried setting up a new account and it wanted photo Id before I could use that card.
The other issue I have is it keeps adding to my google accounts
I haven't been asked for ID again. I make sure I use incognito mode and only log into one gmail at a time.
 

itsgoingdown

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In my experience they went really hard on Ids recently, plus you gotta give them a phone number to get around giving a photo ID in the first place.
 

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