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Receive SMS over internet without mobile

Hi !

Does Virgin have a preferred gateway / Win-10 PC app for SMS via broadband internet ??

PayPal, Yahoo and my bank want me to set up 2FA via SMS.

But, there are NO mobile bars near this desk. Not since 2G. No GPS either. Closest is a flight of stairs and a coffee-hike away, so any 2FA would time-out. And, too far to tether a mobile by WiFi / USB...

I've a land-line phone at this desk, I'd happily buy a serious USB security dongle for desk's CAD-Tower, but those Procrustean ijits will only accept 2FA via SMS...

Several SMS providers offer a 'permanent' mobile number, which would be my preferred option...

Ideas ?

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Re: Receive SMS over internet without mobile

doesn't your phone support "wifi calling" where it uses your WIFI network to gain mobile network access?

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Re: Receive SMS over internet without mobile

No.
Honestly, no.
Sorry, I do not have a thus-workable smart-phone.
I've tried several, totally despaired of their 'swipe' UI.
Each time, I've glumly reverted, yet again, to my tiny, legacy, PAYG, clam-shell 'key-fob', its only stored number used once a month to call for taxi home...

I'd prefer not to get an expensive smart-phone with an exasperating 'swipe' UI, which would *only* be used for 2FA SMS reception, permanently 'reverse tethered' to my PC.

I could not use my 10" tablet, running Win'10, until I added a USB thumb-ball to tame its 'swipe' UI...

FWIW, I'm no technophobe. My custom Win'10x64 PC has 8 cores, 32 GB, twin GPU cards, 3½ wide displays, a raft of drives, a kilowatt Corsair PSU and a CAD-grade track-ball. But, UI is 'old-school'...
;-( ;-( ;-(

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Hi Nik_52,

I'm not sure if this will be suitable or not, however Windows has a YourPhone app available from the windows store.  You will need the same app on your mobile.

Your Phone is an app developed by Microsoft for Windows 10 for connecting Android or iOS devices to Windows 10 devices. It enables a Windows PC to access the 2000 most recent photos on a connected phone, send SMS messages, and make phone calls.

Dave

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The phone still needs a mobile connection though, which apparently the phone doesn't have


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Can't you get mobile access via another network operator.

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No bars, no service from any provider. Often causes consternation among visitors, who'll do a little bar-dance before accepting my unhappy news...

"But, there are NO mobile bars near this desk. Not since 2G. No GPS either. Closest is a flight of stairs and a coffee-hike away, so any 2FA would time-out. And, too far to tether a mobile by WiFi / USB..."
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Re: Receive SMS over internet without mobile

you're out of luck then unless you are willing to move to more modern phone technology, or don't rely on using your mobile phone whilst at work.

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Re: Receive SMS over internet without mobile

You don't have to use SMS with Paypal as an app such as Google Authenticator is also an option. You need a smartphone to install this  app.

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Re: Receive SMS over internet without mobile

It is my home desk, in a suburban ~1910 'semi' with weird local bricks that swallow modern RF and WiFi. Had a fair cell signal until a tall tower block was demolished. Neither replacement mast(s) nor antennae atop church tower have clear line of sight. 4g worse than 3g. And 5g ? "Pull t'other leg, there's bells on it..."
{Sigh...}

Why won't those companies accept a more-secure USB hardware key ??
D'uh...

If I cannot get SMS via broadband, I'll need to find a 'Fringe Reception' solution...
Perhaps I could fit a lonnng, car-type aerial to my old mobile or a budget, PAYG replacement ??
And I did once 'daisy chain' several 'Active' USB extension cables up to a small window's curtain rail, the only place a friend's lap-top's GPS 'dongle' could get a reliable fix...
Hmm...
Thanks, all ! Now, you've got me thinking !!
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