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How to tell if someone hasn’t paid their phone bill? Explained

Last Updated on December 11, 2021 by Kennedy

Looking for a quick answer on how to tell if someone hasn’t paid their phone bill, you are at the right place cause I will explain all you need to know on how you can easily detect that your contact is yet to pay it’s monthly phone bill.

Also it is good to differentiate when someone haven’t paid it’s phone bill and when his or her cellphone number isn’t available cause the two might get someone confused.

Now let’s head straight to the question.

How to tell if someone hasn’t paid their phone bill?

To tell someone hasn’t paid it’s phone bill, the person’s cellphone number will be disconnected by the service network provider and upon calling the number what you will hear will be sorry you have dialed a number that has been disconnected or not in service.

The above ringback tone has already notifies you that the recipient number has been disconnected and the major reason for the disconnection is due to non payment of phone bill.

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Aside from the ringback tone, there are more to know on how to tell if someone hasn’t paid their phone bill.

Let’s continue.

1. When sms text messages fails on multiple occasions

When it comes to not paying a phone bill, what the network service provider will do is to restrict the cell phone number from making and receiving calls, and also sending and receiving text messages.

However, there are carriers that will only restrict their subscribers from making calls and sending text messages but they can receive calls and texts. The truth is that not all carriers will give you this privilege especially the likes of AT&T and T-Mobile network.

Going back to the question being asked, how to tell if someone hasn’t paid their phone bill.

If you sent multiple text messages on different occasions to a number on your mobile phone and it keeps on saying failed or message not sent, it is a strong indication that the recipient cell phone number has been disconnected by the service network provider.

how to tell if someone hasn't paid their phone bill

It some cases it may not be due to the fact that recipient phone number is disconnected but rather the recipient is not available.

2. Calls not going through

This is one of the easy ways to tell if someone hasn’t paid their phone bill, once calls are are not going through especially after using multiple phone numbers to call the contact.

If it says “sorry you have dialed a number that has been disconnected or not in service”, that’s it. The phone number is already disconnected due to non payment of phone bill unless something more serious is the reason for the disconnection.

Text messages and calls are the only way to tell if someone hasn’t paid their phone bill, once their cell phone numbers gets disconnected and which prevents calls and text messages from occurring.

If a phone is disconnected will it ring?

Once a phone is disconnected it will never ring as long as the the service network provider restricted calls and text messages on the subscriber’s cell phone number.

In terms of calls what you will likely hear will be sorry you have dialed a number that has been disconnected or not in service, and afterwards the call will end immediately.

Don’t expect the call to be redirected to voicemail because the cell phone number is blocked by the carrier network and not the phone itself.

Let me explain this properly.

If you block a number on your phone, call and text messages from the number will automatically be restricted but the number can leave a voicemail to your phone. However, when you are disconnected by your service network provider, callers will never leave a voicemail simply because voicemail are being controlled by the carrier network service.

Kindly note that when you block a number on your iPhone or android phone, you only blocked the number on your phone as immediately you switch your sim card to another phone, the person can still contact your number.

But the case is different when talking about being disconnected by the service network provider. In this type of situation, there won’t be any voicemail or whatsoever as calls and text messages will be blocked automatically.

Solution to a disconnected phone number

A cell phone number getting disconnected isn’t the end of the world, all you need to do is to pay uo your phone bill or probably use a third party app or services for your calls and text messages.

So the question will be;

What services or apps do i recommend to replace the normal phone app on a mobile phone?

I will alway recommend using the Google voice.

I repeat again using the Google voice as you will be assigned a phone number which you will use to make calls and receive calls, send and receive text messages, and the best part being the fact that a recipient mustn’t have a google voice account.

That is to say that you can send a text message or call someone normal cell phone number using your google voice number.

This is something that is very rare to see especially given that Google voice is an instant messaging service which uses internet for it’s services.

Unlike whatsapp, Skype, Facebook messenger, telegram, line, etc, all you need to do is to register on Google voice, get an assigned phone number and say goodbye to your network service provider.

Let me show you how to get started with Google voice.

Using Google voice to replace disconnected cell phone number

To get started i recommend you to first download and install the google voice app on your android phone or on your Iphone or iPad.

After you have downloaded and installed the google voice app on your mobile phone, kindly open the app to get started with creating your account.

1. Open the google voice app on your iPhone or android phone.

2. Kindly select your Google account which you will use to attach a Voice number to and tap “Continue.”

For iPhone users you have to create a Google account in order to use the voice app. Android users you have to select any of your google account if you have multiple accounts with Google for this Google voice app.

3.  On the next window, tap “Search” in the lower-right corner to select a Google Voice number. This is followed by entering your zip code or city to load a list of regionally relevant numbers for you to choose from.

You will see list of phone numbers based on the zip code you entered.

4. You have to select your preferred phone number by tapping on the blue button next to the phone number you prefer to use for your google voice account.

how to tell if someone hasn't paid their phone bill

5. Google will display the phone number once more on your screen and you have to accept the phone number you selected or you can press the back button to select another phone number.

6. On the next screen is to link the phone number and your google voice account to your android phone or iPhone.

7. What follows next will be to enter your mobile number and mind you Google voice will send a verification code to the phone number.

So you better enter a valid phone number or phone number that is active and Google will send a six digit code to the phone number.

8. On the next screen, enter the code texted to your phone before selecting “Verify.”

That’s it.

You have now verified and created a Google voice account, and using the number assigned to you, you can easily text someone or call any phone number using your google voice account while your phone is being disconnected.

I always recommend to use google voice apps to text someone whenever you phone number has been disconnected by your service network carrier though the app is limited to few countries.

To send a text message using the Google voice, Kindly open the app or open the tab for Messages Messages tab and at the top, click Send a message.

Enter a contact’s name or phone number. To create a group text message, add up to 7 names or phone numbers. Group messages can have up to 8 participants, including the person who sends the message.

Finally, at the bottom, enter your message, and hit on the Send button. That’s it, you have successfully send an sms text message using the Google voice.

Remember, Google voice doesn’t use cellular network service but rather the internet and whereas it doesn’t consume data at all.

This is how to tell if someone hasn’t paid their phone bill, and it only involves calling or sending text messages to the cell phone number.