Does the screen on your phone display the message “Emergency Calls Only” and you’re wondering why? In this post, we will cover the common things that cause this message to display on your phone and not enable you to make normal calls.
Update June 4, 2016 – This page is receiving a large amount of traffic today from Cricket users. I am led to believe there is a widespread issue on a wireless carrier somewhere that is causing this problem for many Cricket users.
1. Did you pay your bill?
Has it been a while since you paid your wireless carrier? If so, your carrier may have turned your service off. Ensure your wireless bill is paid and your phone should return to normal rather quickly.
2. Is your SIM Card seated properly?
If your SIM Card is not inserted or is not seated properly, it may cause your phone to only allow calls to 911. Ensure your SIM Card is securely inserted into the slot. It may not hurt to remove it and re-seat it.
The SIM card is very small. It is usually about the size of a nail and located somewhere near the battery or in an eject-able slot on the side. If you don’t know where the SIM card is located on your device, look for documentation for your device.
You may also want to try a different SIM card in the case that it is defective. You should be able to get a replacement SIM card from your wireless carrier for no charge.
Note: Not all devices use a SIM Card, but most these days do.
3. Have you restarted your phone?
If you haven’t tried to power down your phone yet, do so. Completely power it off. Do not simply do a restart. Turn it off and let it sit for a few seconds before turning it back on.
4. Is there a Service interruption
Sometimes there may be a problem with the carrier’s network that will cause your phone to not work properly. The phone will display the “Emergency calls only” message by default when this happens in some cases.
5. Last resort. A Factory Reset
If you have tried all of the above items, and the “Emergency Calls Only” message still appears, you may want to try to factory reset your device. A factory reset will wipe all data from the memory of the phone. So be sure all data is backed up before proceeding with this option.
If you’re not sure how to factory reset your phone, look for documentation for your particular device or perform a Google search on the topic.