You are calling someone for sharing important information or just for chatting, but instead of the familiar voice of that person, you listen to a recorded message that says “The number you have dialed is not accepting calls at this time”. Have you ever wondered what does that mean? Join BestLifeTips to find out the causes.
What is an intercept message?
An intercept message or intercept recording is a short recorded audio delivered to a caller when his or her phone call fails to reach its intended destination.
These messages have been using for decades. Many intercept messages use a standardized format adopted in the 1980s, which notify callers with messages like “the number you have dialed is not accepting calls at this time”.
Intercept messages between phone carriers and companies are different from each other. These messages are not always sent to callers whose calls are intercepted by a phone carrier.
They can also be triggered by conditions that render a given phone line unavailable, whether it is a user setting a phone to Do Not Disturb or a phone tower having a mechanical problem.
There are different reasons why you receive an intercept message when making a call. Keep reading to find out the causes of intercept messages.
Not accepting calls at this time – Recipient is blocking the caller
When calling someone, you sometimes hear an intercept message and wonder whether your phone number has been blocked. The idea that you may have been blocked may be upsetting.
However, an intercept message from a familiar number does not always signal a block unless you are unable to connect the phone’s owner after repeated attempts.
Some people set up their phones to accept or reject the calls selectively. Only calls from a few people are accepted, calls from any other users that are not selected is blocked automatically.
When this happens, you will get the message “The person you have dialed is not accepting calls at this time”.
Not accepting calls at this time – Recipient is accepting no call
The message might also play when a phone user blocks everyone for a preset amount of time to prevent disruption, or they active the Do Not Disturb mode.
For example, the person you are trying to call might have blocked all calls because he’s resting, in class, or having a meeting.
Not accepting calls at this time – Line is disconnected
The message “The person you have dialed is not accepted calls at this time” may also appear when the line is disconnected.
Sometimes the line is disconnected for some reasons, such as when technical problems occur on the carrier’s end. And the intercept message will appear on any calls made to any number on the affected network or affected region.
Another cause for this problem is that your sim card is loose. When the sim card is loose, no one can call you and vice versa, you cannot make a call to anyone.
Not accepting calls at this time – Recipient’s phone is lost
The person you are trying to call may discover that their phone was lost or stolen and reported that fact to their service provider. The carrier likely disconnected the service to the phone.
When you call that number, you may get a message that the phone is not accepting calls at this time.
The person you are trying to call may have the phone stolen as well. The robber may intentionally turn off the phone so that no one can connect to that number.
If you somehow know this happened, try to make contact through a mutual friend or colleague.
Not accepting calls at this time – Lost service due to unpaid bills
Unpaid cellular service bills eventually lead to a suspended or disconnected number. The telephone company may decide to use this message to avoid embarrassment to the subscribers. This may have happened to the person you are trying to contact.
They may still be able to receive internet-based text messages, though, if they have access to Wi-Fi on the iPhone, so try communicating with a text.
Not accepting calls at this time – Out of battery
You may receive an intercept message when the phone of the person you want to call is out of battery.
Sometimes when you talking to someone on the phone, the call quality and volume may drop, and then you cannot connect to that person anymore. You try to call again but what you receive is an intercept message.
Not accepting calls at this time – Voicemail not set up
For many smartphones, calls go to voicemail automatically if the number is busy or if the phone is not taking calls, such as when the Do Not Disturb mode is active.
However, if the account does not have voicemail set up, some phone service providers play a generic “Recipient is not accepting calls at this time” message. In this case, your best bet is to call again later.
If you cannot call someone and you only receive the message “The number you have dialed is not accepting calls ait this time” or something like that, it may be caused by different reasons. You can try to call again later.
If you still cannot connect to that number after repeated attempts, you can try to make contact through a mutual friend or colleague.