You Cannot Call This Number

Earlier today, I picked up my phone and dialled a friend’s number to place a call across to her. Putting the phone to my ear, the pre-recorded message that I heard is: “You cannot call this number”. This has happened a number of times today alone, and each time it happened, I kept wondering, “What the blip does that mean?”

My network operator is Glo, and I have a few questions for them. Why can I not call that number? Is it a state security, classified, secure number that is available only to the President? Does calling that number activate some secret nuclear missile launch codes or initiate Project Armageddon?

Or is it that your network has been taken over by Blob, that super-duper artificial intelligence that you have been working on for years? In related possibilities, perhaps terrorists have taken over your switch and collapsed the system to render communications impossible? Are we at war?

Dear Globacom, why can I not call that number? Why can I not call the others too? The last time I checked, I purchased your SIM card and loaded airtime so that I can place calls, among other needs. But now, you just tell me that I cannot call this and that number? Am I indebted to you in any way? Did I publish an offending article here on MOBILITY and this is your way of giving me the middle finger? Could that be it? Or have you run out of ideas on how to inform me that you are having network problems? Because, honestly, the line, “You cannot call this number”, is insulting and annoying to boot.

Please put me through to the people that I want to call. You really do need to rule YOUR world. Right now, you are only dropping the ball.

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10 comments on “You Cannot Call This Number”

  1. EyeBeeKay Reply

    I think you are lucky.

    sometimes, you are told that the number you are calling does not exist. and this sometimes hapoens seconds after you just spoke to that person on that same number!!

    Just preposterous!

  2. fortespy Reply

    That’s quite annoying.The telecoms watchdog should do the needful.
    We can’t continue to stomach this crap these network providers dish out.

  3. Olusheenor Reply

    You cannot call this number? Lwkmd! This is damn funny. So glo tell you guys who to call now. One more reason not to use that silly network. Very unorganized set of people! Mtschew

  4. trae_z Reply

    Could be the number is a postpaid line in debt and as such has been blocked from receiving calls. Or blocked from receiving calls for a variety of reasons. Eg: Customer care rep tampering with users line by mistake or purpose, or user activating call barring for incoming calls by mistake etc

  5. cece Reply

    You didn’t consider the receiver may have barred you by commission or omission.
    Some folks just tamper with their phone features unaware of the consequences.

  6. chineduace Reply

    I faced the same problem yesterday for all calls made on glo, both onnet and off net calls. I haven’t loaded to find out if the problem has been rectified. Glo has been the worst in giving hopless escuses…. Invalid number… Number does not exist… Your call cannot be completed… And now you cannot call this number.

  7. belushi Reply

    I don’t think the problem is from where the call in originating from. I have had similar issues while using mtn. I strongly think it’s with the receiving network.

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