I recently did a search for an item. and Sainsbury's offered the best deal so I tried to buy it. But, because I don't have a mobile telephone I couldn't get the site to accept my order. They now require a mobile number in order to register. So they lost an order. And there's more. I have an on-line savings a/c with them, and I got an e-mail telling me future on-line transactions will require an activation code, which will only be sent via an SMS. So now I can't use my account. Needless to say I've decided to close my savings a/c. Great customer service NOT.
It won't help with services that require SMS, but witn regard to ordering online just enter any old number and it will be accepted. It's worked for me in the past. It's unlikely they'll ring the mobile number anyway as that would cost them.
SMS texts actually can be sent to a landline number nowadays. I don't know how well it would work with the automated activation codes, but it is an auto read facility. I have received a few, but the time taken for them to arrive has not been instant.
I would back up Colin here as I don't have a mobile phone either and when forced to enter a number by the website I type in Not1 and it has always been accepted. But as he says it doesn't help with the SMS issue
I have a mobile phone but I dont give out the number to all and sundry. I would not give it to a store, it is for me to use in an emergency, like last night when I came across a woman trapped in her car having been involved in a hit and run accident.