The Number You Have Dialed Is Unallocated

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When you call someone and it says “The number you have dialed is unallocated”, then it concludes with two meanings. Either the administrator has not assigned the number to a provider or the provider has been assigned but it has not been assigned to a subscriber.

It is such a hassle when you are calling someone and it is urgent but the number keeps disconnecting saying “the number you have dialed is unallocated” or “the number you have dialed is invalid.” Sometimes we don’t even know what it means anymore and our frustration just keeps increasing. At one point, we will just give up calling them then. However, knowing what the issue is and its solution is another matter. And that is what we are talking about. Let’s see what this “unallocated” means and how to take countermeasure.

Meaning of “Unallocated”

Every country has a number of administrators whose work is to assign blocks of numbers to the providers. Then the provider assigns numbers from the block of numbers to the users.

Unallocated means the particular number has no owner or user. In other words, the administrator has assigned it to the provider but the provider has not assigned it to a user. Even though the number exists, it will be unallocated since it is not subscribed to any user.

When a subscriber gets this number, it will come out from the term “unallocated”. So, when you call a number that has not been registered by any user, the automatic voice will tell you that the number is unallocated. Sometimes it even says that the number you dialed had not been assigned to anyone.

Other Meanings of Unallocated

Apart from the explanation, there are some other possibilities when your dialed number is said to be unallocated. Whether your recipient has these problems or not, you will be able to recognize them once you are familiar with them. The problems may be:

Network Problem: When there is a malfunction or lagging going on with the calling system, this problem can arise. It is just a temporary problem and it will most likely be solved in a while.

Wrong number: It is the first and foremost thing you need to do. That is to recheck the number you are dialing and see whether the number has any missing or replaced digits. Dialing the wrong number may lead you to receive the message.

Due Phone Bill: When a person does not pay their phone bill in time, the telephone company restricts or temporarily shuts down that persons’ carrier system. It remains the same until they pay their due bill. Meanwhile, other people calling them will not be valid or be unallocated.

Spoofed or Spam number: Another possibility of getting this message or getting a call from an unallocated number is scamming. A spoofed number is a deceitful number used by spammers, scammers, or protocol. There is software that can generate numbers like the original ones to scam people or to use in disguise. It depends on that persons’ mentality and profession. However, it is best to not receive these calls.

When your carrier system cannot locate the number you are calling, it is unallocated. That does not mean it is a permanent problem. See our article on Can Your Phone Be Synced Without You Knowing


When this issue occurs, you have to check the number and if it is correct or not. You can delete the number and dial again to see if it is valid.

The next thing you can do is to call your provider and ask them to check your system connection and also if your phone bill is paid or not.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would someone use an unallocated number?

Mostly the businessmen use unallocated numbers and telephone companies allow this because of the commission. When the telephone companies transit a phone call, they receive a certain portion of the call cost.

Why did I get a call from an unallocated number?

Whenever you get a call from an unallocated number, be sure that it is spam. You get a call from someone over IP (Internet Protocol) Phone, and they can use whatever number they want. They can even put in your own number. The phone number is spoofed and be aware of these types of calls.

What is meant by an unallocated number?

Unallocated means the particular number has no owner or user.

Samuel Smith

Samuel Smith is a curious person with tremendous experience. He enjoys sharing his story with everyone and is always ready for new opportunities.

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