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How to tell if someone blocked your cell phone number

Updated July 20, 2017

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.

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  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.

  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.

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

  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.

  5. Tip

    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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About the Author

Heidi Rasmussen

Living on Vancouver Island, Canada, Heidi Rasmussen has been writing about health, lifestyle and online business since 2007. Her work is published in "Inflammatory Bowel Disease," software company iDevSpot and various online publications. Rasmussen received the Gold Medal award and a Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Acadia University.

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