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Limitations of our Service

While we can do lots of amazing things, there are a few limitations on our service you need to know about.

Phone Verification Services

We are unable to guarantee that our numbers will work with phone verification services, such as the kind businesses such as PayPal, eBay and Craigslist use, that allow you to create accounts with other services. We cannot guarantee that our numbers will work or have never been used for the same purpose prior to your purchase, and as such, if we know about the verification service and it has been abused in the past, we will block incoming calls from such services. We will not issue a refund if you purchase a number with an intent to use such automated account authorization and verification services, regardless of your legitimacy for using it.

We do NOT block verification services, such as Yellow Pages, Google Local or directory services, so that you can have your number or numbers listed in a directory.

Craigslist Phone Verified Accounts

AT YOUR OWN RISK, you can try to create Craigslist PVAs with our numbers manually. This may not work.

  1. Using Outdial, make a call from your Virtual Number to Craigslist Customer Service at 800-664-0633.
  2. When they answer, they should see your CallerID as your Virtual Number and be able to manually confirm your account.

WhatsApp & Viber Account Verification

As of July 2015, we have tested and you can use our Virtual Numbers to verify WhatsApp and Viber accounts using the "Call Me" method. Though the SMS option does not work as they use a US Short Code, the Call Me verification method does work. You may need to wait 60-120 seconds after you try to send an SMS verification code in order to have the Call Me option begin.

Simultaneous Call Limits

US Local, Toll Free and non-premium Canada Numbers: By default there is a limit of 2 simultaneous calls per Virtual Number. However we monitor these numbers and if that limit is ever reached we will increase the limit automatically within 24 hours. Before the limit is increased, callers may receive a busy signal. If you expect to receive more than 2 simultaneous calls on a single Virtual Number on a regular basis, please contact our Support Staff to increase that limit.

Premium US, Premium Canada and International Numbers: There is a limit of 2 simultaneous calls per Virtual Number. If you need more, please contact our Support Staff.

No Short Code Support for SMS Text Messaging

US Local, US Toll Free and non-premium Canada Numbers: Due to the way that North American wireless carriers handle Premium (pay per message) SMS messaging using Short Codes (5 to 6 digit special numbers) our Virtual Numbers are not able to receive SMS messages from Short Codes, even the free ones. This may mean that SMS Verification Messages may not be received by our Virtual Numbers.

No Picture Message or Attachment Support for SMS Text Messaging

US Local, US Toll Free and non-premium Canada Numbers: Due to carrier limitations of our Virtual SMS Text Messaging service, our Virtual Numbers are not able to send or receive Pictures, Attachments, Contacts or any other special binary data transmissions. Virtual SMS supports only text-based messages.