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Why do I need a phone number?

Yeah, this makes Signal a total non-starter for me. It is doing the same thing WhatsApp does: you need a smartphone to use it. Even the desktop version requires a smartphone to create an account.

If privacy is so important for Signal, why forbid using it without a phone number? It makes no sense.

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