Can’t Call Out With The iPhone? How To Fix To The Call Failed Problem with iPhone

//Can’t Call Out With The iPhone? How To Fix To The Call Failed Problem with iPhone

Can’t Call Out With The iPhone? How To Fix To The Call Failed Problem with iPhone

I found out that my new iPhone has terrible reception, even in places with supposedly good coverage. It turns out that it’s because of certain settings that I didn’t configure properly. After I changed them, all was good again!

So if your iPhone is like mine and you see “Call Ended” and then “Call Failed” immediately after trying to dial out from your iPhone, even though there’s a good signal (i.e. you can see signal bars, so you are connected to your carrier). Then relax, because there probably is no problem with the phone — you PROBABLY just need to do these 2 steps:

1) Go to Settings > General > Date and Time. Switch off “Set Automatically” and manually select your hometown (the default is Cupertino). If you dont change it, you will not be able to make outgoing calls. But the wierd part is, you will still be able to receive incoming calls. Once done, manually set the date and time, and restart your iPhone. If you want, you can reset the 2 settings to “Set Automatically” again.

2) Next, go to Settings > Phone > Show My Caller ID > Switch this to “ON”. Usually with these steps, things should be okay already. If not, you have to turn off “Call Forwarding” and “Call Waiting” as well.

Hope that helps!

Update: For iPhone 3.0 and later, after unlocking you might get no service (in an area you know has good service). In these cases, try turning 3G off, or Push Notifications off.

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By |2009-09-23T12:29:45+00:00July 13th, 2008|Tutorials & Tips|314 Comments

About the Author:

Alvin Poh lives in Singapore, and is interested in marketing, techy stuff, and likes to just figure out how the two can work with each other. He can also be found on Google+.


  1. yella June 9, 2012 at 3:01 am - Reply

    ty gr8 fix

  2. Sagar June 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks a ton…….!! It works….. 🙂

  3. betty July 29, 2012 at 4:13 am - Reply

    works great, thank u

  4. Hephzibah August 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    Dear Alvin I purchased a iPhone 4 from London
    Fully unlocked n now I hve tried your method of
    Closing the date n time from automatic to manual
    N also I switched it off from call waiting but to no avail 🙁
    I’m in India before it was working well today only this happened
    Please help

  5. raj September 7, 2012 at 6:27 am - Reply

    thanks friend.. it works..

  6. Ernesto September 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    Thanks a Lot Alvin!!!! Muchas Gracias!!!

  7. Wm September 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    I bugged out when my Iphone 4 couldnt call out. Tried all listed above and nothing worked. I have Verizon and I opted to call to get my Data Usage which force-dials out and after that I was fine!

  8. Akshay October 5, 2012 at 2:19 am - Reply

    Thanks Bro..
    It’s Working

  9. Nicolle October 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Yay! it worked for me! Thanks!!!

  10. alina October 22, 2012 at 10:54 am - Reply

    thnx a lottttttttttttttttttttttttt…!!!

  11. raghav December 21, 2012 at 1:53 am - Reply

    Yup !! it worked dude…
    Sometimes Settings->General–>Dual Assist(ON) also helps… 😉
    Thanks BTW !! Keep it up

  12. prakash January 1, 2013 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks Alvin Poh it worked very well !!

  13. Hephzibah January 4, 2013 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Tried everything Alvin please help recently got engaged n I’m nt able to make calls from my IPhone 4 please help..thanks

  14. Carlos March 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Thanks a Lot….It worked …..Your awesome…!!

  15. Mohamed April 23, 2013 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Thanks alot it worked just perfect!!

  16. Himang May 24, 2013 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Thanks a lot!! it worked perfectly and saved me to go to service center…

  17. dr rajesh May 28, 2013 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    thank u very much it worked on my i phone 5
    thank you

  18. dr rajesh May 28, 2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    thank u very much it worked on my i phone 5
    thank you changing date didnot help but off call waiting and forwarding worked.

  19. Navdeep May 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    thanks a lot bro
    all three things to be done
    just awesome

  20. Kartik June 6, 2013 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Thanks a lot truly helped.

  21. Kartik June 8, 2013 at 2:16 am - Reply

    It worked for two days and again it is back is there anything else tat I can do?
    I’m using an iPhone 4.

  22. Salman July 3, 2013 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Hi thanks for your post, I had the same problem earlier in the day, and by following your instruction my phone started working again

  23. Bobby October 17, 2013 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Thanks Alvin. Changing date did not work but cancelling call waiting and forwarding worked. Thanks Man. Had no idea that so many users had a similar problem.

  24. mich March 19, 2014 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Thanks! finally I can call out from my iphone 5 ~! have to turn off the call waiting function!!

  25. Fayaz July 1, 2014 at 8:45 am - Reply

    it is really awesome…

    it worked, i was worried about this and decided to go iphone care center……..this tips really worked for me.

    Thanks dear for your wonderful support.


  26. Hein November 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Thanks alot for the help man I am so happy that there was nothing wrong with my Iphone

  27. abdulsaeed March 28, 2015 at 4:17 am - Reply

    thank you very veryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy much it worked for me and for all
    wish you good luck and happy times

  28. firely July 23, 2015 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Great! Thank you very much!

    It also worked for me. I am using Iphone 6.

  29. Brent July 27, 2015 at 9:57 am - Reply

    It’s 2015 and your advice since 2008 still works. You’ve been more help than Apple. You should start your own company, if you haven’t already.

    • Brend April 9, 2016 at 8:42 am - Reply

      Hi Alvin,
      You are life saver! One whole day work, I reset my hp, brought to service provider to change SIM, go nubox check the settings , nothing works! Final solution is to restore !

      I found your site, in 2 minutes, my hp finally can make phone.

      Thanks a million!!

      • Brend April 9, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

        Hi Alvin,

        An hour ago, I could make outgoing call but still can’t receive incoming call.
        I tried again your method , just in case I miss read the instruction .
        Oops! Now not only I didn’t manage to fix the incoming call, the outgoing call failed again . Please help.. Mine, is iPhone 5.
        Thanks .

  30. Theogene January 25, 2016 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    I am Theogene frm Rwanda. Tried these senario but it didn’t work

  31. Mary Grace June 2, 2016 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    It doesnt work for my iphone 4s. 🙁

  32. Mary Grace June 2, 2016 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    Help pleasssseeee.

  33. James October 11, 2016 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Thank you Alvin.
    You r a genius!
    It worked. !!! I can make calls now.

  34. Iris December 7, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    OMG. This totally worked for me. I just did step one and that solved the problem. Genius!
    Thank you SO much.

  35. Dhiraj January 9, 2017 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Bud u r genius thanku so so so much bro ???

  36. leen January 15, 2017 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    It worked!!!!
    YES, thank you so much

  37. Rajesh February 9, 2017 at 6:02 am - Reply

    Thank you so much Bro… It worked for me…

  38. Manoj February 27, 2017 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Alvin. I just tried a single step. *#31#
    It’s also working.

  39. John March 16, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

    It’s 2017 and I just experienced this issue. I switched to iphone in hopes of escaping these kind of BS glitches on Android phones I experience in past. But well, I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Iphones are no better than android phones

  40. mark November 14, 2017 at 2:56 am - Reply

    you are my hero. thank you.

  41. Er Manu January 11, 2018 at 6:20 am - Reply

    Thank You !

  42. Vincent June 7, 2018 at 3:40 am - Reply

    Thank you! Worked like a charm.

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