Last updated on December 17th, 2017 at 12:49 am
I’ve tried opening accounts with LocalBitcoins and Coinbase but both want a cell phone number– which I don’t have–for SMS verification. Coinbase had instructions for what to do in this case, which was to download Chrome and Authy, but the BTC sites still only have one option: text message. Is it possible to buy BTC without a cell phone?
Hey Linda, interesting question.
I haven’t tried so myself but perhaps you can get a Skype number that allows for text messages and open an account like that. The Authy option you’ve mentioned should work (I use it personally) so it’s strange to see you can’t find that option.
I’m assuming you already read this page.
Sorry I couldn’t be of anymore help.
Skype doesn’t allow receiving of text messages (even paid subscriptions), and I can’t sign up for any site. I don’t use Cell phones, and I am not going to buy one just to sign up for bitcoins.
Many companies discriminate against visually impaired people, Microsoft assumes you own a cell phone on its developer platform Windows Dev Center, and they don’t understand you can be a programmer and not own a cell phone.
I hate it, visually impaired people like me are discriminated against and I hate it.
Perhaps they removed that option, however you should still be able to get text messages to a Skype number.
Thanks for the link; I had not seen that page. But when I attempted the process, ‘Phone Call’ was not displayed, as it is in your screen shot on that page. I’ll try again.