How to verify my account without a phone?

It seems that Microsoft thinks everybody on the planet has a cell phone.  Some of us don't.  Some of us hate cell phones and how intrusive and distracting they are.  Some of us hate the horrible sound quality and the stupid tiny screens one gets with them.  5" compared to 22" is a huge difference.  So for many of us the cell phone is a complete fail.  Incidentally, its not a smartphone.  Its a stupidphone that makes your totally dependent on it.  Its a crutch that fails miserably for many of us.  


So yes or no:  Is it possible to verify an Outlook or Hotmail account without a phone to receive a text message?  (As if I'd ever give a company like Microsoft my phone number!).


Please don't send brain numbing, totally useless Microsoft links which spend 99% of the time protecting Microsoft.  

Answer the question.  You're smart enough to do that, right?  Don't look like an idiot posting a link that doesn't tell us anything.  It reflects badly on you.  Think for a second then post your answer. That would be much appreciated.  Thank you. 


I suppose one way is to set up a VOIP account that can receive text messages.  I need this about once a year.  Seems like kind of a waste.  

I see this post has not received any replies after more than a year. Well, I just had the same problem. I've had a Hotmail account for 10 or 15 years and just generated an Outlook.com account for my wife. When I tried to configure her account to forward messages to another address I ran into this roadblock. It seems passing strange that Microsoft would only give users this method of verifying their account, as there are still a few of us who don't have or want the capability of receiving text messages. Maybe someone from MS will respond this time.

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So it is now January 2016 and still no solution from Microsoft? It would not be all that difficult to verify an email account by using a different email account. I have a free GoogleVoice number that I use for text messaging, but Microsoft will not accept that. We don't have a cell phone and don't need one. My home office has me home (imagine that!) and our landline serves us quite well, thank you.

So, COME ON MICROSOFT! You have enough information on me already with my ISP address. You know I am not a "spammer!"

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