Common Telephone Vocabulary and Phrases in English

Learn important telephone vocabulary and phrases in English.

Learn more about useful telephone phrasal verbs in English. 

Telephone Vocabulary and Phrases

Useful English Phrases On the Phone

  • To run out of credit

Meaning: To use all of the credit in your phone

E.g. I’m running out of credit

  • To have credit/ no credit

Meaning: To be with/ without credit

E.g. I don’t have any credit. Sorry!

  • To check your balance

Meaning: To check how much credit you have

E.g. One sec. I’ll check my balance.

  • To top up your phone

Meaning: To add credit to your phone

E.g. I need to top up my phone today.

  • To text sby

Meaning: To tend somebody a message

E.g. I’ll text you later. OK?

  • To leave a voicemail

Meaning: To leave a voice message

E.g. I never leave voicemails.

  • To call sby back

Meaning: To return a phone call.

E.g. Call me back when you have time.

  • To pick up

Meaning: To answer a phone call.

E.g. Please pick up the phone!

  • To hang up

Meaning: To end a phone call.

E.g. Ok. I have to hang up now.

  • To hang up on sby

Meaning: To angrily terminate a phone call.

E.g. Oh my God! She hung up on me!

  • To give sby a missed call

Meaning: To call sby and hang up

E.g. Give me a missed call when you arrive.

  • To have reception

Meaning: To have a good signal.

E.g. I don’t have reception here.

  • To charge your phone

Meaning: To charge your phone battery

E.g. I have to charge my phone.

  • To have low battery

Meaning: When your battery is low.

E.g. I can’t talk. I have low battery.

Important Telephone Words

  • A missed call

Meaning: A call that you didn’t hear/ couldn’t answer

E.g. I have 10 missed calls! Uh-oh!

  • Dead (adj)

Meaning: When your phone has no battery.

E.g. My phone is dead so I can’t call.

  • Engaged (adj)

Meaning: When a phone line is busy

E.g. His phone is always engaged.

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