Luvi Silverberg
November 14, 2022

How to Get Around Verizon Calling Restrictions


If you're a Verizon customer and have been trying to call another country or number that's not on your plan, you've likely encountered this message: "This call is blocked. To place an international call please dial 1-800-555-1212." This restriction applies to all Verizon phone numbers, including those that don't require any sort of plan. Although the restriction is annoying for some users, it does serve a purpose. In fact, it prevents you from making calls that could cost more than what you signed up for—and there are legitimate uses for calling internationally. What if your friends from abroad want to stay in touch with their loved ones back home? Or what if your boss wants to speak with someone overseas about business matters? Below are some ways around these restrictions so that your calls can go through without issue:

Check your carrier plan.

The first step when trying to get around the Verizon calling restrictions is to check your carrier plan. The best way to do this is by downloading the “My Verizon” app, available on Android and iOS devices.

Once you've downloaded the app and signed in with your mobile number and password, you'll see a list of countries that are currently blocked for all carriers (e.g., Canada) as well as those that are blocked only for specific carriers or plans (i.e., AT&T). You can tell how many countries are blocked by checking out the list at MyVerizonWireless/PlansAndFeatures/InternationalCallingRestrictions

Use a VPN or proxy.

If you've been blocked by Verizon, there are a few ways to get around their restrictions. One of the most effective methods is using a VPN or proxy.

VPNs (virtual private networks) allow users to access websites and services as if they were in another country—even if they're not actually in that country. When you use a VPN, your IP address will be masked so it appears as though your device is located somewhere else.

In addition to changing your IP address, VPNs also encrypt all traffic sent between your device and the internet so Verizon can't track what websites you visit or how much data you use on apps like Netflix or YouTube. This means that even if Verizon blocks certain websites from working over its network, such as Netflix or Hulu (see below), when connected through a VPN these sites should still work fine.

Install virtual private networking software (VPN) on your computer.

Use a VPN. A virtual private network can be used to get around the Verizon calling restrictions. To use a VPN, you need to install software on your computer that routes all of your online activity through an encrypted server in another location. This allows you to access websites and services that would otherwise be blocked by your internet provider's firewall, including VOIP services like Skype or Google Hangouts.

There are many different types of VPNs available today—some free while others charge monthly fees—but they generally fall into one of two categories: paid and free. Paid VPNs often provide faster speeds and more reliable service than their free counterparts, but some users may prefer these simpler options if they don't require payment information or have any other concerns about using them (such as privacy).

Use an alternative calling service.

If you're looking for a way to get around Verizon's calling restrictions, the best solution is to use an alternative calling service. There are a number of services that allow users to make free calls and texts over the internet, such as Skype or Viber. If you don't want to use these services regularly but find yourself needing them now and then, consider downloading WhatsApp—which offers messaging capabilities similar to those found on SMS (but which also allows voice calls) and Google Hangouts—which provides both text messaging capabilities and video chat.

Consider using a "burner" phone.

You can also use a "burner" phone to get around Verizon's calling restrictions. A burner is a phone that has never been used before and has no personal information associated with it. These phones are available through major retailers like Wal-Mart and Target, and will typically cost less than $100.

Burner phones are pre-paid, meaning they don't require a credit card to purchase them in advance of using them; instead, you pay cash at the register when you pick up your new device (which makes them great options for people without access to bank accounts or credit cards). This gives users more control over their privacy than traditional cellular service does—you can buy as many burners as you want without worrying about having your account shut down if Verizon sees too many calls being made from one device.


The takeaway from all of this is that, while Verizon may have their reasons for implementing these restrictions, you don't have to live with them. By using a VPN or proxy on your phone and switching to an alternative calling service like Google Voice, you can bypass those pesky rules and keep chatting with whomever you please.


The big takeaway here is that there are a lot of different ways to talk to people on Verizon. The most common method is through a cellphone, but if you want to avoid the fees or other restrictions that come with having an actual phone number (or just don't use one), then these other options might be worth exploring as well.