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CAN'T MAKE A CALL? WHAT TO DO
There are several possibilities why you can't make a voice call, and it often happens when you need it most!  Here's what you might experience and what to do about it:
  • "ALL CIRCUITS ARE BUSY" or "YOUR CALL CANNOT BE COMPLETED AS DIALED".
    This usually happens when your phone can access the cell tower, but there are no connections available from there.  You can bypass the cell site and enable "Wi-Fi Calling" on your phone.  If your phone uses VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) or data channels for calls, you can also make the call by switching to Wi-Fi Calling.  If you're already using WiFi Calling, the reverse is true, turn off Wi-Fi Calling (or Wi-Fi entirely) and use cellular channels.

  • "NO SIGNAL" or "NO NETWORK AVAILABLE"
    Your phone can't access a usable cell site.  First try another location, go outside, get higher or more out in the open.   Still no signal?  Send a Text, even to 911. Even if the phone finds a signal for only a few seconds, your message could be sent.
    Even if no bars are showing, you can make a call to 911 if there is any cellular network available, even if your phone has no SIM! Your phone might need to be forced to another network.  Look in your menu for "Choose networks" or similar to see if another network is available, including Wi-Fi.

  • "ALL HOPE IS LOST"
    How dire is your situation?  Your phone could be used as a signal mirror.  The smooth surface of your screen can reflect sunlight which could get someone's attention.  At night, you can use your phone's flash light.  Do you know how to send "SOS" in Morse Code (The International Distress Signal)?

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