Unlike in Overwatch 2, the requirement to verify via SMS, mobile phone, accounts in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0 is only required on PC and not on console. If you already did it on PC for the first Warzone (which is mandatory since 2020) you won’t have to do it again.
Activision has clarified how the SMS verification system for new accounts works. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Y war zone 2.0. After the controversy over Overwatch 2it was confirmed that the same requirement to have your own mobile phone would apply to the new Call of Duty.
Requirement to SMS verify new Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 accounts through Battle.net only applies to PC players.
Players on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X or Xbox One will not need to use their mobile phone in order to play the new Call of Duty games.
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You will NOT need to use your mobile phone to play Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 or Warzone 2 on consoles
In reality, nothing has changed. Activision has already implemented since the beginning of Call of Duty Warzone, in May 2020a mandatory two-step verification to play battle royale free to play, which required SMS authentication.
They made that decision before the huge amount of cheaters that populated the Warzone servers on PC, and that even made many console players prefer to play without crossplay.
This never applied to console, and it won’t with Modern Warfare 2 (out October 28) and Warzone 2.0 (out November) on the PlayStation and Xbox versions.
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It is also important to note that if you had already verified your Call of Duty account by SMS for the first Warzone (something that was required to play on PC) you won’t have to do it again for Modern Warfare 2 or Warzone 2.
through the call of duty blog have made this important clarification, because reputation was damaged after the release of Overwatch 2, which requested mandatory authentication with SMS, making it impossible for people who did not have a mobile phone (such as many teenagers) or who had a prepaid card to play. Shortly after, Blizzard removed that measure.
Activision adds that the SMS requirement is only used for security, and does not use phone numbers for marketing or profiling or anything like that, although there is understandably some concern about letting go of your mobile phone for the good.