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New Firefox download is requiring mobile phone number?? How can I avoid this or do I need to switch browsers?

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after entering email and verifying, Firefox now requires a mobile number to complete set-up with no alternative other than reverting to a previous version of Firefox.

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Firefox doesn't require a phone number. After signing into Firefox Sync, you may get a screen asking you to enter a phone number so that you can download Firefox on your mobile device. All it does is send you a text message with the link to download Firefox, making it more convenient for you.

However, this step is entirely optional and you can skip it.

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Firefox doesn't require a phone number. After signing into Firefox Sync, you may get a screen asking you to enter a phone number so that you can download Firefox on your mobile device. All it does is send you a text message with the link to download Firefox, making it more convenient for you.

However, this step is entirely optional and you can skip it.