I've been telling people about this for a while and no one believes me ;-;
...and it's not even a virus or anything that you can avoid, it's your cell carrier.
You're practically forced to have a phone, or you're at a disadvantage in various situations. What do you even do?
Could you subscribe to a VOIP provider and access it through VPN with the aforementioned precautions? (Not an expert on VOIP services, just thinking)
@jiminycricket Yeah that would work, and you could get calling that way too.
I actually do something similar with Google Voice (just remembered, I should move away from that) for my home phone.
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