I am often in remote areas without cellular service. I do get wireless connection, and every so often my iPhone4S (iOS9.3.5) displays a notification on my phone service (the red dot without a number):

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When I get to a cell service area, however, there is no message.

Is this red dot indicating a voice message has arrived?

Is the notice a mistake?

Has an actual voice message been deleted?


I always thought the red dot without a number means your Voicemail service is unavailable, not that you have Voicemail waiting.

I spend a lot of my time outside reception areas, or abroad with no roaming, & I have that icon the entire time I'm away; whether or not I have voicemail waiting for me when I get back [usually I don't].

  • Ah - that certainly would explain it! – Mr. Kennedy Mar 6 '17 at 19:46
  • I have no concrete evidence, only my own anecdotal - but that certainly does seem to have been the case. – Tetsujin Mar 6 '17 at 19:47
  • I'm googling for confirmation... found this which seems promising (I did recently switch SIMs...?) osxdaily.com/2014/08/23/blank-red-dot-phone-icon-iphone – Mr. Kennedy Mar 6 '17 at 19:55
  • Yeah, I've seen many similar articles - though none that can simply repro what I see when I'm completely 'out of range' – Tetsujin Mar 6 '17 at 19:59
  • Will be in cel range later today and check then. Thanks! – Mr. Kennedy Mar 6 '17 at 20:00

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