Problem Solving

Why can't I receive text messages?


There could be a number of reasons why you may not be able to receive text messages.

If you are a Pay as You Go customer - you may need to top up.  After 150 days numbers that haven’t been topped up won’t be able to make any outgoing services (such as calls, texts, or using data).  The number will still be able to receive calls and texts for a further 30 days. After this time you’ll need to top up to reinstate your service. Before doing so it’s best to contact us, in order to check the current status of your number. It’s possible your number may have been terminated if the last Top Up was 13 months ago.

If you are a Bill Pay customer, please make sure your account is up to date. If your account is overdue you may be barred for non-payment. You will receive notification of this in advance.

Here are some troubleshooting tips:


  • Try switching your phone off and on again – this may fix the issue. If not, take the battery out of your phone while it’s still switched on. Where this isn’t possible (e.g. iPhones), put your phone into airplane mode for at least 30 seconds, then switch it back to general. This will perform what’s known as a ‘location update’ – giving a fresh connection to the network.
  • Check what ‘Mode’ your phone is in - some phones have what’s called an ‘airplane’ mode which restricts any network activity on the phone. You may have accidentally set your phone to this mode.
  • Troubleshoot – is it only one number you cannot receive a text from? If it is it’s possible you may have accidentally barred this number from texting you. Some phones have ‘blacklist’ settings or apps which allow you do this. If you’re not sure how to change this consult your manufacturer’s manual.
  • Pop your sim into another Meteor phone – if the issue continues it sounds like your SIM card may have died. Call into any store with photo ID to get a replacement sim with your existing mobile number on it. If the issue doesn’t happen with another Meteor phone you’ll need to refer to the repairs and returns process where you bought your phone.


If the above troubleshooting steps do not resolve your issue please take three recent examples and contact us. If possible – note the error message you’re getting, the time, date and number.