Yes you heard me right, the account verification is way too tedious:
1. First I have to call a local number of go through a series of menu options that are unrelated to WA account verification.
2. I was then routed to MS' contact center in India.
3. I had to literally spell out each and every letter of my name, and also my email address. I don't blame the Indian person on the other end for not understanding me because I don't speak in an accent that he understands, perhaps. Again many folks use funky
names in their Windows Live ID, so there you go, you go spelling each letter like F for France, A for America, blah blah blah.
I find this account verification really unnecessary. For instance, I was only asked for my address and phone number. So what?
Coincidentally I also signed up for Amazon AWS and the verification took just 2 seconds. I got a call from them instead, and it's fully automated, I entered a 3 digit PIN, and VOILA, my account was verified.
I remember Windows Azure used to have SMS verification, bring them back, or just emulate Amazon's simple verification process!