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.
Ironically, Twilio gives you a private phone number for free in the trial account if you provide them with your phone number to receive a verification code. Fortunately you can use any of the temporary phone numbers from the sites above to receive the verification code to activate Twilio trial account.
You can view your private phone number given by Twilio by clicking NUMBERS on the menubar on top of the page. To view the received SMS text message, click on LOGS followed by MESSAGES. Do note that the trial account of Twilio cannot send messages to unverified numbers but can receive SMS online from any phone numbers without problems.
9. Sellaite SMS RECEIVER
The country of the public phone number offered by Sellaite SMS RECEIVER to receive SMS online is Estonia, which is quite different from its competitors. We found that they are quite reliable because they are very quick to take down the phone number from the webpage if it doesn’t work. If you see a phone number available, it is very likely to work unless the SMS gateway can’t send a text message to Estonia.
Simply click on the available online phone number on the webpage and the messages that the number has received will be shown.
8. Pinger Textfree Web
If you are having trouble signing up with TextNow because you can’t find a working US proxy or VPN, Pinger Textfree Web is a great alternative because anyone can sign up and use it for free. During sign up you will need to provide a valid US zip code (example 01001) which can be found by searching in Google. Then you are presented with a list of US phone numbers that you prefer to use.
If you can’t remember the phone number that you’ve chosen, simple click on Options and your phone number is displayed at the first line when your account information pops up.
TextNow is a good option if you’re looking for a reliable and free private phone number that only you have access to the received SMS text messages. You will need to sign up for a free account and you’ll be automatically given a unique phone number. The only common problem that most people get is receiving a generic error message “Something went wrong with your signup. Please try again!” when trying to sign up. To solve this problem, all you need to do is use a US based VPN or proxy to perform a one time sign up and you can login normally using your own IP address.
Your personal unique US phone number to receive SMS online is shown at Account Details after logging in.
2 weeks ago they had 7 phone numbers with only 1 from the US failing to receive our text message. Now they are showing 8 numbers but unfortunately none of them are working because their secondary domain name sms-verification.com seems to be down which makes it impossible for us to check for received messages. We’ll test and update the results once they are back up.
This site occasionally spurts out warning error messages on top of the webpage. You can safely ignore it and simply scroll down to click on any of the publicly listed phone numbers to view the received text messages.
There used to be 7 phone numbers on this site but it’s been reduced to 4 after 2 weeks. Only the US number failed to work while the Hungary phone number is the most reliable.
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.
Final Note: We used our personal OnVerify.com paid account to send out SMS messages to the public phone numbers to test if they are able to receive the text. Even if some of them appear to be working, 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.