Your call cannot be completed at this time (Explained)

You dialed someone’s number and suddenly you hear your call cannot be completed at this time.

You tried the number again and again but still it isn’t going through and it kept on saying the same sentence all over again.

This is not new but very common, and I’m going to explain to you the reason(s) why you are having such problem calling a number on your mobile phone.

Now let’s proceed.

What does your call cannot be completed at this time mean

This happens when a call can’t be forwarded to the receiver’s number because of a network issues or a technical problem from the network provider.

This can be caused by the caller’s network or probably the receiver’s network. The major factors that causes this problem of your call cannot be completed at this time is a technical network issue, and it may not be from receiver’s end but rather the caller.

Below are some of the reasons for this type of network issues.

1. Technical network issues

I’ve got to noticed that any time I’m having issues like your call cannot be completed at this time, it is usually caused by a technical network issue at that very moment.

I’ve two sim cards from different network, sometimes I usually receive calls from my friends asking why my main number is saying call cannot be completed at this time try again later.

I do get confused cause I know the sim card is active and I’m seeing network coverage on my phone. Whenever I call my network provider about the problem I’m having, they usually states that they are having a technical network issue at the moment and things will be resolved by this very time. 

Immediately it reaches the stated time, my number will start going through.

So this made me believe that one of major reasons why you’re having this network issue if “your call cannot be completed at this time” is because of technical network issues.

2. Poor network connection/coverage

Very poor network connection or coverage can causes this type of problem while calling someone.

Maybe the person is in a remote environment where there’s no enough network coverage or connection, no matters how hard you try to call the person you will be having issues like this, your call cannot be completed at this time.

In this type of situation I recommend sending the person a message even if you have to use whatsapp or any other app and see if the person will reply back your message.

3. The network is overloaded

The third reason is the network being overloaded and not able to respond to calls or even text messages.

When a network is so overloaded, it can be quite very frustrating cause making calls or even sending a text messages will be a war. You can call a person on your phone and the call will end immediately.

This might makes you think the person has blocked you while in the real sense it was caused by your network provider or the receiver’s network carrier.

Network is overloaded is a common language for AT&T, they are very fond of this statement. AT&T your call cannot be completed as dialed, it may be caused by an overloaded network at that very moment.

4. The receiver’s number is not active

When you call a phone a phone that is switched off, you will hear sorry the number you’re calling is currently switched off or not available, but sometimes you will hear this; your call cannot be completed at this time.

your call cannot be completed at this time

You will keep on trying but neither did you know the person you’re calling enabled the airplane mode on his or her phone.

When a phone is offline, the sim card and the network will not be active, and you can’t reach the person by calling his or her number.

What I’m trying to explain here is that a number that is not active will cause such problem, may be the person turned on the airplane mode on it’s phone, or completely switched off the phone.


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While trying to call someone and you hear your call cannot be completed please try again later, I recommend you to wait for one hour and call back. Or probably you should do the followings;

1. Call the person using whatsapp or any other social messaging app

This is what I mostly do whenever I found myself in this type situation, I will switch to whatsapp and try calling the person’s number from my whatsapp account.

There will be no problem reaching the person unless there’s an internet network issue which will make things gets worse.

On trying to call a person and it kept on saying your call cannot be completed at this time, try to call the person on any of the social messaging app unless the person doesn’t have any.

But if the person do have them especially the likes of whatsapp, Skype, telegram, Google duo, etc don’t hesitate to use these networks to reach out to the person.

2. Send a text message

If calls didn’t go through, then try to send a text message to see if it will get delivered. Use both the phone or cellular text, and any of whatsapp, Skype, telegram to send a text message to the person.

If nothing was delivered then be rest assured the person’s number is not active. Wait for a while and try to contact the person once more time.

3. Use another sim network

Maybe this issue is not caused by the receiver’s network, but rather your own network. So I will advise you to use another sim network or carrier network to call the person and to see if the call will call will go through.

If the call goes through then the problem is from your network. Wait for a while and if the problem persist then you have to contact your network provider and lay your complaint.

Why does Verizon say my call cannot be completed as dialed?

The reason can be because of network is overloaded, network issues or the sim number is not active at the moment you called.

Whenever you have this type of problem, wait for a while and try calling the number one more time.

Whenever you hear your call cannot be completed at this time please try again later, these are the major causes;

  • Technical network issues
  • Poor network coverage or connection
  • Overloaded network
  • Number not active

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I do hope to have given you the answer to what you’re looking for, the reason why you’re getting your call cannot be completed at this time while calling a number on your mobile phone. In general, I recommend you to contact your network provider if the problem persist for a very long time, and also use social app to contact the person before the problem is resolved.

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