I have hotmail but it can't be used abroad because of telephone verification.

I can't use my phone abroad because of international roaming charges. It would make checking email vey expensive. And it doesn't have WiFi. Also places with WiFi expect people to have their own computers with them.

Apart from that the phone I have is not an international phone and is not compatible with some foreign systems (GSM / CDMA incompatibilities).

How can one use email when travelling around.

  • If you're in the US, set up Google Voice... then you can do SMS-based phone verification anywhere with a web browser.
    – Flimzy
    Mar 24, 2014 at 5:13
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    An alternative: Use POP3/IMAP to access your hotmail account.
    – Flimzy
    Mar 24, 2014 at 5:14
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    I think he wants to use public computers on his trip, often POP3/IMAP setups are not easy to find there.
    – uncovery
    Mar 24, 2014 at 7:44
  • Can't you use gmail to read POP3/IMAP? Mar 24, 2014 at 14:55
  • @Flimsy, the main problem with that is that in order to use Gmail you also need an international mobile phone with roaming charges for Google's own two step verification.
    – QuentinUK
    Mar 26, 2014 at 16:30

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You can disable the 2-factor authentication on your hotmail account.

Microsoft offers a FAQ to describe how to do it:

  • Sign in to your Microsoft account.

  • Because you're changing sensitive info, you might be prompted to enter a security code. Check your phone or alternate email for the code, enter it, and tap or click Submit.

  • Under Password and security info, tap or click Edit security info.

  • Under Two-step verification, tap or click Set up two-step verification.

  • Tap or click Next, and then follow the instructions.

  • 1) I looked at the linked FAQ are you are quoting " How do I turn on two-step verification?" I don't need to turn it on. It was turned on without my permission. (2) This FAQ must be out of date, it used to be optional when it first rolled out (2013) but it is now (2014) automatically on for any new device, there is no need to turn it on.
    – QuentinUK
    Mar 24, 2014 at 9:42
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    @uncovery That FAQ looks to be how to turn it on not how to disable it. Mar 24, 2014 at 10:34
  • a quick google search offered a tutorial with screenshots sevenforums.com/tutorials/… Mar 24, 2014 at 13:33
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    If you are using a smart phone / tablet, you might consider using an authenticator application (the "Google Authenticator" apps) to replace the SMS / telephone verification.
    – KH.Lee
    Mar 25, 2014 at 6:55
  • @EdmundYeung99, that was last year.
    – QuentinUK
    Mar 26, 2014 at 16:19

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