Phone carriers that DONT work for verification

Let’s start a list, so far I know of Cricket and Metro PCS

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im on boost mobile in Australia, works for me.

not sure about the US or anywhere else

I don’t know of any Australian carriers that disable SMS - even for prepaid customers. So they should all be fine.

Even the data-only SIM in my tablet can receive SMS messages.

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It doesn’t just have to receive SMS, some numbers that can get SMS still won’t work, including any pre-paid phones, according to their article.

A phone number can only be used once when making a new account, and certain types of numbers, including pre-paid and VOIP, cannot be used for SMS Protect.

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There is no (reasonable) way Blizzard would able to tell if an Australian mobile number is prepaid or not.

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They are saying that some prepaid may not work, not all

I have a pre-paid SIM (Aldi Talk - Telefónica Deutschland) and it works perfectly fine.
Note that I already had it registered to my account before this update, so they might have changed this, but continue supporting already connected pre-paid numbers?

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I guess some carriers don’t provide the information they would need to discriminate against pre-paid phones (or maybe don’t have specific number ranges that are only for pre-paid).

Based on other threads there are multiple US pre-paid plans that unfortunately don’t work.

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I know for a fact both mint mobile and xfinity works and they are both prepaid

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I doubt it, as I said on another thread, Blizz is terrible at communicating and this could have been an oversight on their part, I wouldn’t let that article stop me from trying my phone either way

Can you not be misleading? Both cricket and metro (aka tmobile) work perfectly fine. What DOESN’T work are their prepaid options. So if you have a pay-as-you-go phone system that requires phone cards/minutes to use, then yeah. Those don’t work, regardless of carrier.

But the actual, proper monthly bill phone plans by those carriers work fine.

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I’ve registered a pre-paid number by Vodafone for years here and used it for security and never had trouble with it, unless they change that now it should be fine.

Not using pre-paid anymore now, tho.

If some pre-paid services do work, then the smurfs will just buy a new number from those service providers when they want to make a new account, meaning all the pain and damage Blizzard caused with this change won’t have even accomplished their goal.

They screwed a bunch of legit players over and the smurfs and cheaters will still have an easy path to making new accounts, probably for less money than it used to cost to buy OW1 again.

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also, just to put this out there, blizzard has a freaking authenticator that uses your phone… can’t confirm anything but if the issue is about verification players should be able to use the authenticator on any mobile phone

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I have cricket and it doesn’t work. Seems like the system is very inconsistent.

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just to clarify, i have 2 phones under Metro PCS and they are not allowing me in. Ive tried multiple times.

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We’re going to hear from every single person who has been affected by this but there’s a good chance that the overall percentage of players affected is quite low.

It just doesn’t seem that way when they all come to the forums :stuck_out_tongue:

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My phone is a metro phone as well, and it works just fine.

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weird…when did you put yours in by chance? I tried multiple times all day today and it kept giving me the “This is not a post paid phone” or whatever.

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I’ve had it enabled for years. And back then, it was a cricket number, too. Then I moved to an area that wasn’t covered by cricket’s network, and switched to metro but ported the number. But my number itself has never been on a prepaid service from either company.

And from what I’ve seen, OW1 is throwing out errors already if you don’t have a working mobile # attached to it.