Stripe account enables you to accept credit cards(Visa, Mastercard, American Express etc) payments online. I being a Kenyan, Stripe does not allow me to create an account because it’s not supported. Check the list of countries that Stripe is supported. However, I was able to register for Stripe account after acquiring EIN number online. I also went ahead and bought a sonetel number but little did I know that Sonetel number cannot be used to verify Stripe.
Sonetel numbers do not support identity verification
Thank you for contacting Sonetel.
I understand that you wish to receive SMS on your Sonetel number.
Please note that Sonetel numbers do not support identity verification/validation from third party websites or applications like Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, Amazon, banks, etc.
You can have a look at our website for more information about this:
Please check your junk or spam folder for the SMSs received on your number.
If you still face the issue, could you please confirm the below details –
1. Sender’s Number –
2. Sonetel Number(s) –
3. Date and time the SMS was sent (with time zone) –
4. Sender’s service provider –
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Sonetel number alternative
I tried other virtual numbers but none could solve my problem. I changed my number in my stripe account for almost ten times, desperately trying any number that I saw online.
After making several attempts, I was lucky to get this website that solved my problem.
Link:Receive SMS for free online and for this worked fine. Below is a proof of the message.
All set to accept credit cards payments with Stripe Account
My account is now verified and I can accept credit card payments.
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