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    Quote Originally Posted by elecconnec View Post
    I wonder if it has anything to do with the age or source of the GV number?

    I have very little trouble using my two GV#'s for 2FA, but one is a port of a "real" cell phone number, and the other I've had since the GrandCentral days.
    It doesn't matter the source or age, as far as I've been able to tell. My primary GV # is from 2009, and my other GV # was ported in from my AT&T landline. Both clearly show "Google/Bandwidth.com (SVR)" when I look them up, and if 1 # doesn't work for verifications, neither works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    It doesn't matter the source or age, as far as I've been able to tell. My primary GV # is from 2009, and my other GV # was ported in from my AT&T landline. Both clearly show "Google/Bandwidth.com (SVR)" when I look them up, and if 1 # doesn't work for verifications, neither works.
    Where would I perform such a lookup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by russsell View Post
    Where would I perform such a lookup?
    freecarrierlookup.com
    phonecarriercheck.com

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    +1 for Chase credit card being the only place that won't text my GV number to authenticate. I checked three GV numbers at the above sites and they all show Bandwidth.com/fixed line with no mention of Google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    Thanks, @Boz1.

    For my numbers (GV and home voip) I see:

    BANDWIDTH.COM:979E - NSR/1
    with a type of "fixed line"

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    That's interesting. I wonder if there's some kind of difference between what you see and the "Google/Bandwidth.com (SVR)" that I see when checking a GV #?

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    I'll bet HoFo member taoman could help in answering that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    That's interesting. I wonder if there's some kind of difference between what you see and the "Google/Bandwidth.com (SVR)" that I see when checking a GV #?
    Sometimes you'll get slightly different lookups depending on the telephone exchange the number is assigned to and the type of query used.

    Try putting your GV number into zlookup.com. When I do I get the following:

    (555) 777-1212 is a voip number serviced by Google (Grand Central) BWI - Bandwidth.com - SVR*
    Many financial institutions want either a fixed copper/fiber landline or a cell phone for verification. The problem isn't that it's a Google Voice number. The problem is that it's a VOIP number. Fraud is a rampant problem with many VoIP providers so they prohibit VOIP numbers for verification purposes unless they are from large carriers/RBOCs like Comcast, Charter, etc.

    Trying to verify a line to get a new Google Voice number and you'll run into the same problem.

    *SVR stands for Syniverse who provides SMS services for Bandwidth.

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    Thanks for the explanation, taoman, and for the additional lookup site.

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    It's interesting that my Callcentric (VoIP) number comes back as:

    (xxx) xxx-xxxx* is a landline number serviced by Telengy LLC

    * the number is a $1 (was free) NY DID.

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    I struggled with the zlookup.com site. I saw three input areas on the web page and each seemed to want to sell me something - I must have done something wrong. Whereas the other freecarrierlookup.com and phonecarriercheck.com were straightforward to use.

    Btw, my free area code 212 Voip DID from ipcomms shows up as "Local Access LLc - JSI" (fixed line).

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    Quote Originally Posted by russsell View Post
    I struggled with the zlookup.com site. I saw three input areas on the web page and each seemed to want to sell me something - I must have done something wrong. Whereas the other freecarrierlookup.com and phonecarriercheck.com were straightforward to use.

    Btw, my free area code 212 Voip DID from ipcomms shows up as "Local Access LLc - JSI" (fixed line).
    That's definitely odd. https://www.zlookup.com/ is very straightforward and works well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    That's definitely odd. https://www.zlookup.com/ is very straightforward and works well for me.
    I'll ask the dumb question:

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    Which of the three boxes do you enter your number into?

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    Quote Originally Posted by russsell View Post
    I'll ask the dumb question:

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    Which of the three boxes do you enter your number into?
    The "real" one on the upper right (the one with the captcha check box.)

    The other two are personalized ads that just happen to also have phone number boxes probably because you've been googling number lookup services. When I just went to Zlookup those two spots had a dog food ad and a discount gift card site ad because I was recently searching for cheaper sources of Dunkin Donuts gift cards and my dog's favorite kibble!


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    Ah! I was checking from my work computer, and apparently, those ads are blocked! It looks very different without those ads there!

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