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I have a monthly phone subscription, and I need to recharge it. Since I have not yet paid for it, the service is only working one-way. Meaning that I can only receive calls, but I cannot make any calls. Is there a word or phrase to for this situation?

  • It is not a vocabulary regarding phone subscriptions as phone companies will not list that option. – user140086 Nov 2 '15 at 13:29
  • @Rathony I think OP meant "regarding my subscription status". The subscription is not fully working due to lack of payment. – A.P. Nov 2 '15 at 13:42
  • I'm not sure what you mean by "to for my line condition" in the last sentence, but if you want to talk about your "line" (and not your "service" [as in AP's good answer]), you could say "your line's usage options/capabilities have been halved/cut in half." – Papa Poule Nov 2 '15 at 13:48
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    "inbound only" vs "outbound only", or "incoming only" vs "outgoing only". – Hot Licks Nov 2 '15 at 14:04
  • thanks for your comments, I tried to clarify the question. – joker13 Nov 3 '15 at 14:50
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This phrase should work for you:

You have failed to pay your bill, so your service is restricted to incoming calls only.

EDIT: As suggested by @Hot Licks, you can also use "inbound" instead of "incoming".

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The technical term is "half duplex."

A full duplex channel has two way communications. A half duplex only enables one party to communicate at a time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duplex_(telecommunications)

A "simplex" is a strictly one way channel.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simplex_communication

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    Sorry, wrong kind of one way. – Joshua Nov 2 '15 at 16:42
  • Simplex is one-way while someone is transmitting, but both parties can send data to the other (just not at the same time). – Nick T Nov 2 '15 at 19:24
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You could use the verb "suspend" to mean:

to stop (something) for a usually short period of time.

[Merriam-Webster]

You could say:

"The phone company (has) suspended (my) outgoing calls"

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You could say your service is currently unidirectional.

moving or operating in a single direction. (Google)

This relies on your reader inferring that inbound and outbound are directions, but I think most people will follow your meaning easily. I have actually used this word myself when describing the same problem to my phone company.

  • I don't know if anyone would ever say this – USER_8675309 Nov 2 '15 at 20:25
  • that's a good word but I think it better fits with more academic articles. – joker13 Nov 3 '15 at 14:52

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