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What does a cancelled call mean?

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Cellular networks have advanced a lot these days but there are still things that are beyond their capabilities. There are a lot of things that an internet-based calling or messaging app can do things that are just not possible over cellular connectivity. However, cellular remains our first choice every time we have to reach out to someone just because of how reliable it is as compared to the internet. 

That said, there are a few confusing things when it comes to cellular networks and their call indications. In this article, we’re taking a look at what a cancelled call means in your call logs. 

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Cancelled calls explained

The call logs in our phone record and indicate the status of each call that goes through our devices. More often than not, there are generally three call states you’ll see in a call log — received, missed and cancelled calls.

Generally, a cancelled call means that the dialler cut the call before you could pick it up or the call itself went to voicemail. This’ll appear as a missed call in your phone, but a cancelled call in theirs. 

That is also the biggest difference between cancelled calls and missed calls. Cancelled calls are usually dropped by the caller while missed calls, as the name suggests are often missed or dropped by the receiver. 

There are quite a few reasons why your call might get cancelled, outside of you just cutting the call before it can go to voicemail. Some popular reasons include the following:

  • Oversaturated network band
  • Network issues or outages
  • The call reached its cut-off limit

Of course, these reasons only apply in case you, the caller, haven’t explicitly disconnected the call before it was either picked up or went to voicemail. 

Also read: What does ‘Your call cannot be completed as dialled’ mean?

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: