It is very common nowadays that you will need to at least provide your email address in order to sign up for a service offered by a website or to participate in a discussion at a forum or even leaving a comment on a blog.
If you don’t care about receiving a reply or are not comfortable in providing your real email address, there are many temporary disposable email addresses that can be automatically and instantly generated for use without any hassle.
The only drawback is the temporary email address can be accessed by anyone if they know the username unless like Hide My Ass Anonymous Email that offers password protection feature for better security.
Because of this, the email verification system is not secure at all. This is why some websites have implemented a phone verification system where the user needs to provide a phone number to receive a randomly generated code via SMS or voice call and feed the code back to the website to confirm that you are a real user and not a spam bot. The aim of phone verification is very similar to CAPTCHA for determining real users and preventing the same user from having multiple accounts except it is done through a phone number. If for some reason you need to receive text messages online from your computer rather than your phone, here are top 10 sites to help you receive SMS online and show the code to you.
If you’ve visited the third site (ReceiveSMSOnline.net) on this list, you’ll find that the design looks very similar except for the difference in color and that is because they are both created by the same company “Cicklow”.
2 weeks ago three US phones numbers are listed and none of them worked at that time. They have been replaced with 2 new phone numbers and are currently working.
Offers a total of 8 phone numbers with 3 from the UK and 5 from the US. Two weeks ago there were 7 numbers and an additional US number has been added to the list. After testing, 2 US phone numbers (+19282388889 and +19282388892) failed to receive the SMS test message that we sent.
Weirdly, the 2 numbers that failed to display the test SMS message sent by us showed that the last messages received were 12 and 21 minutes ago. So if you see a phone number that has recently received a message, it does not necessarily mean that it is fully working at the moment.
ReceiveFreeSMS.com offers 10 public phone numbers from 8 different countries (US, Norway, Sweden, Australia, UK, Hungary, Spain and Lithuania). Although this site seems to be a winner, we did find that they are quite unreliable because 2 weeks ago only 3 out of 10 phone numbers received the test SMS that we sent and today it seems that they’ve fixed some of their numbers with 7 out of 10 working (1 Spain and 2 US did not work).
Only 1 US number was changed compared to the numbers listed on the website two weeks ago. ReceiveFreeSMS.com is the only site that displays the sender’s full phone number while the others hide the last 4 numbers.
Receive-SMS.com lists a total of 6 phone numbers, currently 3 from Great Britain and the other 3 from Sweden (previously was 4 Great Britain and 2 Sweden). Any messages sent to the public phone numbers will be instantly displayed on their website after a browser refresh unless you subscribe to their private phone numbers where you get a private inbox to view the messages.
Receive-SMS.com gets the top spot because all 6 public phone numbers are able to receive and display the test text messages that we sent.
PS: the phone numbers that are used to receive SMS online can still be easily blocked using TeleSign’s PhoneID that can identify the type of the provided telephone number such as VoiP, fixed land line, mobile and etc…