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roddy

Registering a Baidu account from overseas

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I'm trying to register a Baidu account without a Chinese phone number so I can download stuff from its pan.baidu file-sharing service. The process is punishment in advance for the copyright violations I may possibly commit. 

 

1) The registration page a pan.baidu.com page sends you to won't take a non-Chinese number.

2) Baidu does have an overseas registration page, where you can select the international prefix for your phone number. Which skips from +41 (Oh lucky Swiss) to +51 (Ah, blessed Peruvians) with no mention of good old +44 (UK). I assume we've offended Baidu somehow.

3) I tried a phone number from one of those 'receive a Chinese SMS' services (receive-sms.cc/China-Phone-Number/ and don't blame me if it steals your granny's pension) and it told me my number could only register by SENDING an SMS (this seems to be 16- and 17- numbers?). 

4) I tried another one and it told me it had been used too often (抱歉,该手机号近期申请次数已达上限,请更换手机号)

5) I tried yet another one and it told me I was a security risk, and to be honest if you let me into a Baidu data centre right now, I probably would be.  

 

Any ideas? Would installing an iOS or Android app offer a workaround?

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There are online places where you can use a U.S. etc number to get an SMS. Wouldn't be a surprise if they've all been used on Baidu before, though.

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roddy

Nothing so edifying as HSK research - at the moment I'm just trying to get electronic copies of books I already have in paper format.

 

Using a temporary US or other number is a good shout, should have thought of that last night after the Chinese ones didn't work. Will give it a try. 

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Oh, now I'm just annoyed. Grabbed a US number to try and use, stuck it in on the INTERNATIONAL registration page, filled in username and password, try and get verification code, and THEN it tells you 暂不支持海外及港澳台地区注册. 

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roddy

iOS app doesn't help, it needs a +86 number and the ones available online still get rejected. 

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Almost progress! If you try and sign up in the iOS app via your Apple Account (small icon at the bottom) AND find a 136- prefix number to use, it... hang on, I've linked my Apple account to some random bloke's Baidu account! So... this other bloke has at some point managed to register with that phone number? And because I'm using the same phone number he did, it's assumed my Apple account is his? Hmmm. Ok, unlinking that. 

 

 

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mungouk

I feel your pain... I tried to login to my "other" WeChat account yesterday and managed to get it frozen.  Now I need someone with a +86 number to unfreeze it.  I think I give up.

 

 

 

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