Thanks again for the responses!
05/13/2013 05:30 PMThe problem with using a friends phone is they can then remove your auth VERY easily, all they have to do is say they lost it and b/net sms's a code to remove it. That's why it isn't recommended.
Posted by Narull
This is a friend I trust, and they don't even play video games (motion sickness gives them headaches) so that isn't a concern.
My main concern was these three things:
A) If it's okay with Blizz that I do this and assume the risk myself, since I know stuff like account-sharing even with members of your own household is against the rules and stuff like that. I don't wanna do this and have some audit detect that the SMS holder's name and my name are different and ban my account or something. If it plain out isn't allowed I'll drop the idea right now.
And B) After the initial setup, how often does it require confirmation through SMS when you post something for sale on the RMAH to cash out to Paypal? Every single time you post something? (If so that would annoy the heck out of my friend to forward all those texts.) Just the occasional time, like once every couple of weeks? Only when there's a problem or investigation necessary? If it's going to be too much of an imposition for her, I wasn't going to ask her anyway, but a text every now and then should be fine. (Could maybe even set them up to be automatically forwarded or something.)
And finally C) If I go to post something, need a confirmation code, and wait for my friend to forward the text, would the time delay matter? (Especially if like she's asleep or her phone's off it could maybe even take hours.) I know an authenticator for instance the code is only good for roughly three minutes or less, isn't it? I could always wait to post stuff until I know she's ready to forward a text, though, but knowing ahead of time would be beneficial.
I really wish there were some more realistic alternative that didn't involve me recruiting a friend or spending double what I currently spend on cellphone service, though. =( When SMS Protection was announced as a requirement to cash out to Paypal on the RMAH, I raised a big fuss and even called customer support about it and basically got the answer of "We don't exactly know why it is this way, we just know that it is." Very unsatisfying and as I said, resulted in my desire to play Diablo becoming very lackluster.
I'm sure I'm not the only prepaid customer that would like to be able to enjoy the full benefits of the RMAH, even after all this time. In fact, more and more carriers are offering prepaid plans, nowadays. Although as I understand it, carriers that offer both prepaid plans AND contract plans work with Battle.net SMS Protection, even if you happen to be on the prepaid plan with that particular carrier (I saw a lot of people say so on the forums back when Diablo 3 first came out)...it's only carriers that ONLY offer prepaid plans that don't work with Battle.net SMS Protection...which makes this even more frustrating, by the way, since even those carriers' prepaid plans are more expensive than the one I'm currently on. >.<
(Here's a link to an example of the forum posts I'm referring to: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5968247138#3
So, is there any way to pass this complaint up the channels? Considering there are plenty of alleged prepaid customers claiming to current enjoy the benefits of Battle.net SMS Protection simply because their carrier happens to also offer contract plans, "the idea that with a phone that has a regular subscription this may be a more thorough way to ensure security" sounds nice but doesn't seem to quite apply. It's not really detail or insight that I'm looking for, though, it's a solution (that hopefully doesn't involve me shelling out unnecessary money for services I don't need.)
I mean, it wasn't available at first, but the free smartphone app was eventually offered as an alternative for the physical Authenticator. Could some realistic cheap or free alternative be designed for prepaid cellphone customers in my particular situation? Or at least the suggestion to look into such an alternative be passed up the appropriate channels?
My biggest frustration is that nobody seems to care and "just get a different carrier" seems to be the final answer. Which is again why I'm trying to think outside the box with the whole "use a friend's phone instead" thing. =/