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Why do I have to provide my address to get phone numbers in some countries?

The telecommunications industry is highly regulated in most countries around the world. In many countries, anonymous ownership of phone numbers is illegal, and in some countries, you must actually reside in a country in order to get a phone number there. Therefore, when requesting a number from some countries, Tropo complies with the local law and requires your address or proof of residency prior to allowing the purchase of a phone number.