So it turns out that the answer was right under my nose and does not involve any deceit or hacking. Yahoo! provides an option for creating an account without a cellphone, but it isn't via the "Create Account" button.
On the sign-in page, there are a few options:
If you click the "Facebook" or "Google" button, you can sign in to Yahoo! using a Facebook or ...
You need to get into the privacy dashboard to see this information now.
To do this, go to your account → Preferences and click on the Privacy Dashboard link under MY LOCATIONS. There, under YOUR ACCOUNT → Your products, the first box should show you the date since you are a member.
Yahoo is not trying to charge you $100 to recover your account. That's a scammer, possibly the person(s) who hacked your account in the first place.
To recover your Yahoo account, click the link at the Yahoo login page that says "Can't access your account?". Then follow the instructions.
You can create (or, more specifically, I was just able to create) a Yahoo account without a mobile number by signing up with an existing email address. On the sign up page, click on "I'd rather use my own email address."
Now, of course, you need another email address that itself doesnt require a mobile number. There aren't many. On 7/29/2016 I created one ...
I would fully expect that you cannot. That would be terrible security.
The whole point of the security questions is to help you in case you forget your password.
Remember: Yahoo has no idea who you are until you login in. Could you imagine just anyone being able to say to Yahoo: "I am Inusah. No, really, trust me. I don't remember my password or the ...
Now it is not possible to create an Yahoo! account without phone number. They have made it mandatory field to sign up for Yahoo!.
From the Yahoo! help:
Important: Your registration will not process without a valid mobile number.
Go to Yahoo password recovery page and follow the instructions.
In your case select the first option and click on Next.
Enter your Yahoo ID, you will redirect to How would you like to recover access to your account? page with options to recover like:
Send an email to alternatemailid
Send a text message to : phone number
Answer the security questions
Go to this link. It will create the following query for the Yahoo database:
select * from social.profile where guid=me
Click the "Test" button and it will return some XML. Then find (ctrl+F) the tag called MemberSince and you've got your date.
Recover a Forgotten Yahoo! Mail Password
To reset your Yahoo! Mail password if you have forgotten the phrase or cannot access your account:
Go to the Yahoo! Password Helper page.
Make sure I have a problem with my password is selected.
Type your Yahoo! Mail email address under My Yahoo! ID is:.
You can also enter just the ...
I no longer see a Secret Question for you to answer in order to get a password changed. They now verify it is you by using a secondary email address to send you a code or they will text you a code to your phone number to verify it is you. Those are both in the upper right of the screen under the gear and then account info. From there you go to account ...
I was never able to contact anyone at Yahoo, but I did resolve the issue. The old e-mail account has been disabled, probably some time ago. I verified this by sending a test message to the account (something I should have thought to do sooner!). It bounced with "This account has been disabled or discontinued".
I presume this means that it's no longer ...
Use Yahoo! Help or create a new case through Yahoo! Case Creation Form to verify and prove yourself as the owner of the locked account and submit it.
Allow 24 hours to 1 week upon the submission before you get a response.
You can try these links for contacting Yahoo! Support Team for help,
Yahoo! Help Central
Contact Yahoo! Customer Support
Select the product you need help with
Help for Yahoo! Mail
Go to THIS LINK and,
Select Errors under Topics.
Select "My issue does not appear on the list" under "Sub-Topics".
Under "Recommended Options" enter your YAHOO ID and follow ...
What might be best if all your data is still on your old mailbox folder, backup what you have then delete it and do a full re-sync and check you have not got anything missing.
Always best to backup and resync in full in situations like this.
From Yahoo! Help:
You'll lose access to all of your data and content like your emails, email folders, Flickr photos, calendars, Yahoo Fantasy teams and Yahoo Finance portfolios.
Means once you delete your Yahoo! id, you will not be having access for the Flickr.
This question has been asked on the Flickr Help Forum. You can check the forum for more ...
Go to Yahoo Mail. Visit the Yahoo Mail website using any web browser on your computer.
Sign In. Enter your Yahoo ID or username and password in the fields provided. Click the “Sign In” button to access your account.
Go to Account Info. Click the gear button on the top right corner of the page to display a menu. Select “Account Info” from here.
A new window ...
The ability to change ones profile picture went away when http://profiles.yahoo.com shut down in January, 2015. They've not introduced a new method to change your profile picture.
From Yahoo! help:
Update your Account picture
Yahoo Profile (profile.yahoo.com) no longer exists. But don't worry - your comments on various Yahoo properties didn't ...
We have confirmed, based on a recent investigation, that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from our network in late 2014 by what we believe is a state-sponsored actor. The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, ...
From Yahoo! help:
Sign in to your Account Info page.
Information you can change includes:
Personal info - Edit your name, address, phone number, alternate email addresses, or primary email address.
See this -> To change your listed mobile number in Yahoo Messenger.
It's not possible to create a new Yahoo account without listing a cell phone number. You could make up a cell phone number but when you enter the number Yahoo is going to send a text message to that number so that you can verify that the number actually belongs to you. If you can't verify the number you can't activate the account. Other options would be ...