How to tell if someone blocked your cell phone number

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How to tell if someone blocked your cell phone number
Are you suspicious that your phone number is being blocked? (suspicious cell phone man image by Brett Mulcahy from Fotolia.com)

Are you suspicious that your cell phone is being blocked by someone? With today's technology, most cell phone service providers allow customers to block 10 to 15 numbers so that they won't receive incoming calls from certain people.

Skill level:
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Find out which service provider the person is using. Verizon and AT&T are common service providers. Each service provider uses a different prerecorded message to play to blocked callers; you can use to determine if you are being blocked. If you do not have access to this information, continue the steps anyway.

    How to tell if someone blocked your cell phone number
    Each phone service provider will say a different recorded message to blocked callers. (telephone pole image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Dial the phone number of the person you think may be blocking you. If you get through to him/her or get voicemail, you are not being blocked. However, if you receive a recorded message, then it is possible you are being blocked.

    How to tell if someone blocked your cell phone number
    Call the person you think is blocking you. (dialling image by Kimberly Reinick from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Write down the recorded message you hear. You will use this to compare it to the various recorded messages from each service provider.

    How to tell if someone blocked your cell phone number
    Take note of the recorded message that you hear. (writing image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Compare the message that you wrote down with these standard prerecorded messages from popular service providers. If your cell phone number has been blocked by an AT&T customer, you will hear a message that says: "The AT&T subscriber you are trying to reach is not available at this time." If your cell phone number has been blocked by Verizon, Qwest or Century Link, you will hear a message stating that the customer is not currently accepting calls. If another service provider is being used, go to that company's website and contact customer service to determine what message is played to blocked callers.

    How to tell if someone blocked your cell phone number
    Compare the message you heard to the standard recorded message. (leave a message image by Nevena Kozekova from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • As an alternative, attempt to contact the person who is blocking your cell phone number via e-mail or through a mutual friend to find out if and why he or she is blocking you.

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