How do I set up a Google account without a phone number?
I do not have nefarious reasons for doing so, I simply want to keep my phone number private. I have no reason to think any SaaS or Web 2.0 company will safeguard this information to my satisfaction, so I would prefer not to give it out. Also, if I change my phone number and decide not to update Google, I will eventually lose access to my Google accounts due to their security algorithms (but that's a story for another time).
In this particular case, I need a Google account for work purposes. Otherwise, I am trying to de-Google my life, so I should not need to do this process more than once.
About a year ago, I tried some of the free SMS verification websites, but both Google and Twitter seem to blacklist them.
This Q&A is 7 years old, and doesn't provide a solution. Also, enough has changed where Google always asks for a phone number. This Q&A was downvoted and doesn't have a solution either. Looking in an internet search (DuckDuckGo, actually), yields older methods that no longer work, or spammy looking sites.