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Fix: The number you’ve dialled has calling restrictions

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Telecom services have come a long way from the landline telephones most don’t even remember now. Modern-day smartphones can communicate with several different facilities, but that doesn’t mean basic cellular connectivity is just out the window. 

That said, random bugs and glitches are still commonplace. In this article, we’re talking about the “number you’ve dialled has calling restrictions” error when trying to make a call, its reasons and what you can do to fix the problem.

What causes this error?

There are a number of reasons why this error might happen. Some common causes include:

  • You’re outside the coverage area.
  • The call recipient doesn’t have an active plan. 
  • The recipient’s number is outgoing only. 

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How to fix this?

Here are six fixes you can try out. 

Restart the device

The first thing you should try out in such situations is to restart your phone. Restarting can resolve many seemingly random issues, primarily network or SIM issues. You can also try toggling airplane mode on and off.

Try again after some time

This error is most common because the recipient’s number is in an out-of-coverage area or isn’t powered on. Try calling again after some time, and the call should go through. 

Check the phone number

Another common cause for the error is that you’re simply dialling the wrong number. Check to ensure that the number is correct and that you have the right area code. 

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Check for roaming issues

When you wander out of your carrier’s local zone, you might experience roaming settings that can bar your phone from picking up network signals. Be sure to either disable these settings in your phone or have another SIM card altogether for when you’re venturing out. 

Reset your phone’s network settings

Incorrect network settings can cause all sorts of problems, including SIM cards not being detected or malfunctioning. This resets your WiFi networks, Bluetooth connections, cellular and even VPN settings.

Check out our detailed guide on how to reset network settings what doing so can do here

Contact service provider

If activation isn’t the issue on your SIM card either, it’s time to call your carrier and describe the problem to them. After all, they’re in charge of the network and, in turn, your SIM. It’s pretty likely that your carrier will have some solution ready and will be able to diagnose your issue correctly as well.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: