What Does it Mean When it Says The Number You Have Dialed Is Not In Service

When you try to call a subscriber but hear “the number you have dialed is not in service” intercept message, there can be many different reasons that might cause it. While there is a possibility that the subscriber you called has blocked you, there can be other fewer-known causes, and we’ll explain them all in this article.

Why It’s Showing “the Number You Have Dialed Is Not in Service?”

  • Why “the number you have dialed is not in service” call intercept message is showing while making a call? When you receive the “the number you have dialed is not in service” intercept message, one of the common reasons is that the number you’re trying to call is disconnected from the network service provider or the number is incorrect, suppose you’ve missed one or more numbers or switched digits in themselves.
  • If you didn’t dial the number wrong, possibly the system has misdialed you, causing this intercept message to play. It occurs when you try to call numbers under an area code during specific times of the day, especially when there’s too much pressure on the phone lines. Even calling repeatedly at the same time could play this call intercept message. But it’s recommended that you wait for a few minutes and then redial the number if you’re confirmed this is the right number.
  • Now you might have the right number and in some cases, the phone lines were also working well, then the recipient probably has given you the wrong number. So, if it’s a business purpose or romantic interest who wants to avoid you, getting this intercept message continuously means you may have been given an incorrect number.
  • If someone’s phone service gets discontinued, with the most common reason being that the person didn’t pay his phone bills, you will be receiving a “the number you have dialed is not in service” call intercept message while trying to make calls to them.
  • When calling a number, you may get the call intercept message if that number is newly issued and has not been included yet in the call routing tables. The only explanation for it is called Number Portability. In such cases, the given number neither belongs to the carrier nor has been added to another one. This might continue for some time, though usually calling back after a few minutes or a few hours can resolve it.
  • There are also chances you’re calling a number seen on the Caller ID that you don’t know of. In that case, you can consider that this number is spoofed. When you try to connect the number and it returns “the number you have dialed is not in service” call intercept message, it’s a fake number. Also, note that sometimes hospitals or certain businesses also make calls that you can’t call back. So, before concluding, you need to look into the matter carefully.
  • Whether the number was misdialed, the subscriber didn’t pay bills, their number is cut off by the telecom company or the person has lost the phone, if you get “the number you have dialed is not in service” call intercept message, it’s a hint that the subscriber isn’t out of service permanently. Also, you’re not permanently unable to reach them later as long as you have the right phone number. Therefore, you can retry calling after a while and check if it goes through.

Fix 1. Report and Block The Spam Call

If you receive this “the subscriber you have dialed is not in service” call intercept message while dialing a number left on your Caller ID, there’re possibilities that it was a Spam call, Robocall or telemarketing call. When you call back to check, but it doesn’t connect, you can report that spam call number to your carrier in order to block it. Spam calling is illegal and a violation of government rules for not being able to remove these spam numbers.

Fix 2. Check That The Number Is Right

Usually, you want to check if the number is right. If the digits have been misplaced or some numbers are missing, you’ll receive the “the subscriber you have dialed is not in service” call intercept message.

You can also try to connect that caller from another number to check if the call intercept message plays.

Fix 3. Redial After A While

This is the case when you’re confirmed the number is correct and you know it’s not out of service. As the “the subscriber you have dialed is not in service” call intercept message sometimes occurs due to overlapped phone lines, waiting for a few minutes to a few hours to redial the number can fix issues for you.

It can also be possible if that subscriber has ported their phone number to a different carrier.

Fix 4. Check the Call Isn’t Being Forwarded

You can check the mobile screen when you dial and observe whether it displays “Call forwarding”. If that’s the case before getting the “the subscriber you have dialed is not in service” call intercept message, possibly the subscriber has forwarded their calls to an invalid number. You can send a text to reach them.

Fix 5. Confirm The Area Code

With each single phone number, there is a prefix that represents an area or country code or maybe both. Additionally, if you’re calling using a landline, you need to enter a city code.

Generally, if the person you’re trying to call lives in the same area as you, there’s no need to mind the area code. So, it’s not the reason for your issue. Apart from that, it’s worth confirming that you have the right area code for the subscriber you’re trying to call.

Thankfully, you can easily check that out on Google and be confirmed about the code.

When nothing works, it’s better to reach the subscriber in other ways and tell them that you’ve been trying to call them for a while. They will certainly explain to you what happened and will contact their carrier to resolve the matter if it’s needed.

About Ady Wilson

Ady Wilson is a technical writer/blogger with years of experience passionate about the latest trends. He is a true tech-enthusiast and loves to explain how different tech products work and what to do when they stop working. He mainly covers topics on troubleshooting guides, Games and app comparisons for Android, iOS and Windows. When Ady isn’t writing, he spends his time playing games like Fifa, Call of Duty etc., on Xbox One.

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