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RE: Life hack: Buy a cheap smartphone as a backup... like a REALLY cheap phone

in #life7 months ago

So far, I've only had about 3 phones in my entire life, and I can totally understand the need to have a backup phone.

I had never thought about having accounts that I couldn't recover in case I lost my phone, I only use the common apps (Whats, Telegram, and Google Authenticator) and I think those would be the most important in case I lost my current phone; but none of this is anything I can't recover with a backup or a few messages to support... although not too long ago something happened to me with Binance that so far has made me unable to use my account, lol. Not exactly the same thing, but I moved countries and totally forgot to change the phone I have 2FA linked to, and Binance is asking me for an absurd amount of documents to verify my identity.. something that is not worth it (at least not for now) because I don't even have cryptos in there xd.

After all, whether you can lose your phone or not, backing up your data will always be a good idea. After all, investing 50-100$ in a backup phone sounds more profitable than losing important data or accounts with money inside forever.


Binance is asking me for an absurd amount of documents to verify my identity

first off I'd like to give the finger to Binance just in a general sense. Screw those guys.

But yes, I feel as though most of us have somethings that are quite important on our phones. Recently I had to reinstall Viber which I had some paltry amount of credit in (like less than $5) but I cannot for the life of me remember which email address I signed up for it with. So I had to open a new one, which is a pain because now all my contacts are gone.

This could have easily been solved with a $50 backup phone.

I still can't complete registration on Binance because no amount of VPNs or having the correct documentation will convince I am in the USA. won't help me with anything in Cambodia because I'm an American citizen, and the whole situation is laughable. Blockchains, DeFi, so many high-tech sounding things, but accounting for the millions of people that live as residents outside their own countries is still beyond the scope of this tech.

I just closed my Cambodian bank account yesterday because I was asked in an automated notification that all USA residents must come and register their American tax info with the bank. Now we're back to using my wife's bank account and Binance.

it really is a pain in the ass. I stay away from the big exchanges whenever possible. Thankfully the USA hasn't dug their tax claws into Thai banks (which are the only banks I have even though I live in Vietnam) and I hope it stays that way. Otherwise I will probably have no choice but to simply not have a bank account either.

I just want to be left alone, America. Is that really too much to ask?

Forgot to mention too, don't forget your content is always welcome in ASEAN Hive regardless if it's not something specifically SE Asian. After all, you live in this part of the world and even things like this post contain valuable insight for ASEAN Hivers.

ok buddy, thanks for that