My iPhone Won’t Make Calls but Will Text: Why?
There are four main reasons why you might be experiencing this problem:
1. Network error
Sometimes the problem isn’t with your iPhone but with your carrier. For example, there may be a power outage or a technical issue that means no one on the network can make calls.
If this happens, you need to either contact your carrier for advice or find another way to make calls in the meantime. For example, you could try using WhatsApp via a Wi-Fi connection.
2. iPhone software or hardware problem
Issues with your iPhone’s software or hardware can also lead to complications with making calls. One such problem can arise from outdated software. Software that isn’t up to date can have bugs or lack features necessary for smooth operation, including those related to voice calls.
Settings within your iPhone could also play a role in your call troubles. Incorrect settings, especially those related to network connectivity, could hinder your ability to make phone calls. Luckily, these problems are often easy to fix and we’ll cover the steps you need to take a little later in this article.
3. SIM card-related issues
One source of your calling problems may lie within the SIM card itself. Several factors can contribute to this situation. For example, a SIM card that has sustained damage or is inherently faulty can lead to difficulties in establishing voice calls.
Additionally, if you’ve recently changed your SIM card and haven’t installed it properly, this can cause problems with making calls. Ensuring that your SIM card is both in good condition and correctly installed is paramount for smooth cellular communication.
4. Your SIM card has been hacked
SIM hacking is when someone either tricks your carrier into switching your number to a new SIM card or physically gains access to it and copies it. Once they have done this, they can make and receive calls/SMS messages using your number.
Because your number has been switched to another SIM, you won’t be able to make phone calls or send standard SMS messages.
SIM card hacking is becoming increasingly common in the U.S. The FBI received 1,600 reports of so-called SIM swap fraud in 2021. This increased to over 2,000 in 2022.