It doesn't help, I have tried all that. When I contacted eBay yesterday, their support phonelines were showing a 14 minute delay, so I went via the 2 minute delay chatline. Apparently the overseas call centre adviser said "nothing could be done", yet I have had similar problems in the past and had a solution to resolve the issue of removal. But it looks like things have changed now, hence my request. The annoying thing about the chatline yesterday, was the fact it was taking the chatline adviser quite some time to respond to my questions, and I was apparently 'timed-out'.
PayPal have been informed to see if anything can be done at their end.I am waiting their response to an support email that I sent to them. With the PayPal account there is an option to remove telephone numbers, but you must have one telephone number for PayPal account communications. On this option there is the facility for 'remove', but if you use that facility a pop-up asks if you want to remove, then states that you cannot?.