I am tired of everyone wanting my cell phone number, not a “contact number” but specifically my cell phone number. Just the other day I went to order from a favorite restaurant and saw that they now had online ordering. I usually call it in and they can get busy, so I decided to git it a try. I went through the whole menu selection bit and then when it got to the contact information, it asked for an email, and a cell phone number. Thinking nothing of it, I thought the phone number request was just so that they could confirm the order or something of the sort.
Well no, their website said it was going to send me a text to confirm the order. Really? Then what was the email for? And what if I have texts turned off on my phone, then what? No food for you? And the box you have to check to let them send you a text probably has some legalese attached to allow them to send me spam messages unless I STOP them.
This was just the latest in the desire for Cell Phones, or the assumption that everyone has one and no longer uses a land line. Once when I was having my car serviced I provided my land line number so that they could contact me when the repairs were done. Not having heard from them most of the day, I finally called to get an update, and I was told it was done a few hours back, hadn’t I seen the text message? No, of course not. The intake form said nothing about the phone number needing to be a cell phone, nor that they would be texting me. How was I supposed to know? Now, I always specify that it is not a cell phone number and that they have to call me.
I also understand the need for two factor authentication, but that doesn’t require a cell phone either, not matter what I keep being told. In the past I would get an automated phone call with a verification code. Did all the automated voice software go on strike or something? When I travel I have a different cell phone number than when I am at home, so I am out of luck if they have to text me for some kind of authorization. If they call me on my VOIP phone though, no problem because as long as I have data I have a stable phone number.
Yes, most people have cell phones, and yes that means that they usually have a cell phone number. But that doesn’t require you to get it for everything!