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celebratedrecluse wrote

If you are unfortunate enough to live inside USA borders, just download the apk straight from signal.org. Use the app on a device with a VPN tunneled to outside your country. The most difficult part will be to tie the signal account to a non US phone number, during initial setup. One idea is to contact someone outside the US who will purchase a burner and setup forwarding for you, in exchange for crypto or some other way of remunerating. Then, create a very strong registration lock and keep it on a paper key. This will probably work, but has a non zero chance of having your account hijacked.

Maybe we can set up a forum on Raddle for sharing international phone numbers, in exchange for donations, for this purpose. It would be a useful way to spread money out of the empire, as well as providing physical phones that can be sim-swapped and donated to people who might not otherwise have access to one.

But regardless, hopefully this situation gets the Signal devs to enable account registration without a phone number...

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LeftHack wrote

Using Twilio for US number could also work. Then there is free SMS verification service that you could also use those numbers, but just remember to set registration PIN.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

For US #? But they would need a non US #, or do i misunderstand

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LeftHack wrote

Twilio will assign you a new US number after registration

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celebratedrecluse wrote

Ok, if Signal does not work with US numbers, what would the purpose of this be?

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LeftHack wrote

Point being that it meant to make easy for anyone outside of US to register a US number. Plus, Twilio has free subscription, meaning that anybody can use it.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

We need the opposite, US people will need non US #s to continue using Signal. Not vice versa.

Unless you are talking about something else entirely

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