Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Requires Phone Number

Blizzard Support announces a phone number is required for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II accounts as well as new Modern Warfare (2019) accounts. This "SMS Protect" feature caused enough problems for the recent launch of Overwatch 2 it was quickly scaled back. Word is such verification is also making its way into some Blizzard games:
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, newly created Overwatch 2 accounts, and newly created Call of Duty: Modern Warfare accounts, require that you add a phone number to your Battle.net account.

In addition to the games mentioned above, some games require a phone number in order to use the in-game features like World of Warcraft Group Finder or unlocking the World of Warcraft 4 extra bag slots (requires both a phone number and Authenticator).

Limiting the number of free accounts that a single person can create helps keep players accountable for their actions and, in turn, reduces toxicity and cheating and ensures a positive community experience for all players.

If you already registered your phone number to play for free, this error means that you are logging in with the wrong email. Log out, make sure you enter the correct Battle.net email, and log in again.
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Oct 11, 2022, 15:24
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Laughing Man wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 09:32:
ChaosEngine wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 03:07:
So they’re trying to limit the number of free accounts people can create. I wonder if there was a way they could do that without all this phone number bullshit.

Maybe they could, and I’m just talking off the top of my head here, charge a fee to create an account? Maybe around $60?

And in return, you’d have a perpetual licence for the game and they’d unlock all the content.

Nah, never work.

I dub you king of the idiots.

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Oct 11, 2022, 09:32
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Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Requires Phone Number Oct 11, 2022, 09:32
Oct 11, 2022, 09:32
 
ChaosEngine wrote on Oct 11, 2022, 03:07:
So they’re trying to limit the number of free accounts people can create. I wonder if there was a way they could do that without all this phone number bullshit.

Maybe they could, and I’m just talking off the top of my head here, charge a fee to create an account? Maybe around $60?

And in return, you’d have a perpetual licence for the game and they’d unlock all the content.

Nah, never work.

I dub you king of the idiots.
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Oct 11, 2022, 03:07
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Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Requires Phone Number Oct 11, 2022, 03:07
Oct 11, 2022, 03:07
 
So they’re trying to limit the number of free accounts people can create. I wonder if there was a way they could do that without all this phone number bullshit.

Maybe they could, and I’m just talking off the top of my head here, charge a fee to create an account? Maybe around $60?

And in return, you’d have a perpetual licence for the game and they’d unlock all the content.

Nah, never work.
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Oct 10, 2022, 20:07
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Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Requires Phone Number Oct 10, 2022, 20:07
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People will give a complete stranger their phone number in hopes they call them but giving it to a company you just gave your credit card information to is crossing the line.

What a bunch of idiots.
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Oct 10, 2022, 19:11
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Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Requires Phone Number Oct 10, 2022, 19:11
Oct 10, 2022, 19:11
 
I will never give my phone number just for some stupid game....
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Oct 10, 2022, 18:54
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Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Requires Phone Number Oct 10, 2022, 18:54
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Simon Says wrote on Oct 10, 2022, 15:49:
Armengar wrote on Oct 10, 2022, 12:47:
yeah, its really hard to get a sim these days. a couple of euro usually.

You can't use pre-paid, so no burners. Must be post-paid.

And although I understand the motives, I think this whole idea is fracking egregious and I'll probably never play the games that engage in those shitty practices.
maybe in the US, good luck over here. Unless they start spamming numbers into mobile carrier websites to see if they can pull a balance then there isnt a way of knowing.

For example the majority of Eire use pay as you go as its easy for a 1 month rollig topup. My own phone is payg that you can add a small plan to if you need it, you juat change it in the app depending on your needs. There iant really a way of telling from your number, ive ported my number for years.

Moot point as i have no intention playing this crap though.
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Oct 10, 2022, 18:23
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Oct 10, 2022, 18:23
 
The WoW group finder phone requirement was interesting to learn last week after the OW2 debacle. Given how lame they made group finder loot rules back in the Legion expansion, I don't see much point to it. It does kill much desire to pug groups for anything, especially if you want to gear up alts. I hated the changes that ended master looter. All it meant was that people were guaranteed to jump into a raid for one boss and leave the second they got no gear from it.
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Re: It's not called "CALL of Duty" for nothing
Oct 10, 2022, 18:03
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Lukiopimp wrote on Oct 10, 2022, 14:39:
They'll call you or if they don't they'll sell your number and you'll get spammed by others. Enjoy being milked!
I have no intention of playing any of these games, but if I did I can tell you what I would do. I would create a brand new gmail account. Get a google voice phone # for the account. After verifying the account against my cell, I would change the settings so it did not forward calls to my cell. I would then give the google voice number to the publishers. They can sell it and call it as much as they like. If they ever want to verify me by sending an SMS to the number, I can quickly log into that google account and retrieve the code/message/whatever.

Now setting that up is ten minutes of effort and a minor PITA, but that is small peanuts compared to pain of giving them my cell number -- assuming I had a desire to play these games.

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Oct 10, 2022, 16:15
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If this helps reduce cheating as it should I'm all for it. Online gaming is a mess right now and the big companies are doing little about it. One of the major new features of Win11 should have been some kind of requried sandbox mode for gaming.
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Oct 10, 2022, 15:49
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Armengar wrote on Oct 10, 2022, 12:47:
yeah, its really hard to get a sim these days. a couple of euro usually.

You can't use pre-paid, so no burners. Must be post-paid.

And although I understand the motives, I think this whole idea is fracking egregious and I'll probably never play the games that engage in those shitty practices.
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It's not called "CALL of Duty" for nothing
Oct 10, 2022, 14:39
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It's not called "CALL of Duty" for nothing Oct 10, 2022, 14:39
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They'll call you or if they don't they'll sell your number and you'll get spammed by others. Enjoy being milked!
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Oct 10, 2022, 13:27
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Oct 10, 2022, 13:27
 
Nothing about this is new and has been a requirement since the release of Vanguard.
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Oct 10, 2022, 13:13
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Oct 10, 2022, 13:13
 
They do not allow pay as you go supposedly, it has to be associated with a plan of some sort. IDK how they know.

Anyhow, everyone lost it with that requirement for OW2, and COD is like 1000x the player base, so I'm sure that requirement will be gone by tomorrow.
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Oct 10, 2022, 13:11
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Oct 10, 2022, 13:11
 
I understand the need to cut down on cheating shitheads, but this sort of requirement is exhausting for me to even read about.

Luckily for me, I stopped playing the CoD games at CoD4 or something.

Hopefully this doesn't spread to any multiplayer games I might want to play in the future though.
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Oct 10, 2022, 12:47
 
yeah, its really hard to get a sim these days. a couple of euro usually.
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