11-03-2019 02:21 PM
I am currently on holiday in South Africa. My phone has automatically hooked up to a local network (MTN SA) and I can send and receive text messages. I cannot, however, make calls. I get an automated message telling me that the number I am trying is barred. It doesn't matter which number I try, I get the same message.
Roaming is activated on my phone.
I had the same issue whilst travelling through Europe last summer (Italy, Switzerland, Germany and France). On my return, I spoke to someone at EE who said they couldn't see any reason why I was unable to make outgoing calls as everything looked OK at their end.
It is very unlikely to be the handset as I have changed it since last summer yet the problem persists.
Does anyone have any ideas? My husband is on Vodafone and isn't having any of these issues.
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11-03-2019 03:01 PM
If on contract, did you activate roaming on your EE a/c, not just your phone, before you left UK?
Try logging into your My EE account online & go to Menu / Manage Device / Roaming Abroad and also Call Abroad and Premium rate. They will show as ticked if roaming and calling abroad is activated. If they are not ticked, can you activate these settings?
11-03-2019 03:19 PM
Thanks for your reply. I didn't call before this trip but I can confirm that the roaming and premium boxes are both ticked.
When I spoke to EE after my trip to the continent last summer, they said everything was set up correctly for roaming and they couldn't pinpoint why I had been unable to make calls.
Just to add that I have tried the two other networks available to me in South Africa and calls are barred when using those networks too.
11-03-2019 03:36 PM
Good Afternoon @SLiebs.
I hope you're having a fantastic time in South Africa :).
What is the make and model of your phone?
Are you using the correct dialing code?
Is your phone connecting to 4G/LTE?
11-03-2019 04:05 PM
Now the rain has stopped, we're having a great time, thanks! 😊
I've got a Huawei P20. I did have the same problem with my old phone, too, which was a Samsung Galaxy A6.
Yes, I have +44 at the beginning of the number so all good for the dialling code.
Re. 4G: not sure. Is there a way I can check without turning the data on? I don't want to accidentally incur massive charges. I've been stung before! (Is not having the data on causing the problem?!)
11-03-2019 04:25 PM - edited 11-03-2019 05:10 PM
Aww that's good to hear, fingers crossed it stays that way for you @SLiebs.
If you switch your mobile data on you won't be charged, you will need an international data pack for this to run.
Please switch this on and let me know the outcome,