OK, I'm owning the fact that I'm a complete idiot on this topic, so... I'm hoping someone can shed some light on how I would go about doing this (FYI - I'm in the U.S.) I am trying to find a good way to phone verify some Google accounts and the virtual numbers are becoming to unpredictable. I'd like to be able to get sms verification and I've read about buying cheap sim cards to swap in and out of a phone, but I'm not totally sure how that works. First, it seems that I need an 'unlocked' phone... I'm happy to buy a cheap, no contract phone from something like T-Mobile - assuming that would work? Then the sim cards... if I bought a bunch from ebay for example, is it as simple as pulling one out, popping in another one and I have a new number that can be used? (seems too easy! lol) I've seen something about 'activation'... is that just a one time thing, or does it have to be done for each new number/sim card? This is where I'm confused, 'cause if it's just a one time thing, swapping out sim cards for a few pennies for a new phone number that might (hopefully!) be able to verify at least a few accounts, then I'd be psyched! Thanks in advance to anyone who can give this knucklehead a simple explanation or point me in the right direction of what I'm trying to accomplish.