The average American works 40 hours a week, oftentimes more, which means that for at least eight hours every day, five days a week, Americans are away from their houses. Any calls made to your landline during this time will go straight to your answering machine, the little red light blinking relentlessly till you finally reach home and attend to your messages. However, if you happen not to own an answering machine, the calls, whether important or not, shall simply go unanswered. To some, this is not something to worry their heads over. But for most of you it is a daily inconvenience, and almost certainly a nuisance for the callers trying to reach you. As Marisha Pessl, author of The New York Times Best-seller novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics wrote, “Not returning phone calls is the severest form of torture in the civilized world” (Smith, 2006). So if you’re someone who is sick of coming home to a million pending messages every night or are tired of always missing important calls, fear not, for the solution is extraordinarily simple: call forwarding.
What is call forwarding?
Call forwarding is a feature that can be availed on most, if not all telephone services. It redirects incoming calls to the destination of your choice. Simply put, calls made to one number can be diverted or forwarded to an alternate number of your choosing. It may be another landline telephone, a mobile, or an answering service. It does not matter which destination you choose, as long as there is a phone number associated with it (slingshotvoip, 2020).
The most common type of forwarding is found to be from the landline of your home or office to your cellular phone. It is a convenient way of ensuring you never miss important calls from your work, family or even friends. This is especially true for people who spend long hours at work or away from home or tend to travel a lot for work, away from the office. Either way, you would want calls made to your house diverted to your cell phone. This small feature is especially handy in case of emergencies, be it work-related or personal.
How to forward calls from landlines to cell phones:
Call forwarding can sound like a more ominous task than it really is. In this article, you shall see the simple three-step process that will enable you to divert all your incoming calls from your landline to your cell phone. You can set your phone to divert calls without ringing or after a certain number of rings.
Step 1: Not all phone companies have the same activation code for call forwarding, so it is vital that you check with your phone company on what the activation code is for your phone service. It does not matter if it’s AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink or some other service, there will be an activation code. The most commonly found activation code in landline telephones is *72.
Step 2: Once you have determined the code, which in this case we will consider it to be *72, you need to dial it on your telephone. Now press the ten digit number you want your calls forwarded to – like your cell phone. When you have entered the ten digit number, press the pound (#) key. So for instance, if the cell phone number I want my calls forwarded to is 123-444-0000, I will dial *72-123-444-0000#.
Step 3: After you have completed Step 2, you will need to wait to hear the confirmation tone indicating that call forwarding has been activated. If you do not hear the confirmation tone, you will hear ringing instead. If the latter, make sure to wait till the line is answered by either a person or a voicemail greeting (Chandler, 2018). You will now have successfully activated your call forwarding.
At any point, if you wish to turn off the call forwarding feature, dial the deactivation code *73 which is a common deactivation code, especially in telephone services that use *72 as the activation code for call forwarding (slingshotvoip, 2020). It does not matter if you own an iPhone, a Samsung or a flip phone; you can easily receive calls made to your landline on your cell phone as long as you follow the instructions explained above.
Cancelling your telephone service:
If maintaining two phones (your landline and cell phone) is too much of a hassle, you also have the option of simply transferring your landline number to your cell phone. It will be the cheapest way for you to keep your landline number. All that needs to be done is for it to be transferred to your cell phone, and then your landline service to be cancelled. Not only will you get to escape from the bother of having to inform everyone you know of your new number, but you also rid yourself of a monthly expenditure i.e. your telephone bill. If you wish to learn all about transferring your landline number to a cell phone, check out our article “How to Transfer a Landline Telephone Number to a Cell Phone” which explains step by step how you can port your landline number to your cell phone by clicking here. This is also a service we provide for $10/month, month to month.
If you have any questions regarding call forwarding or number porting/ transferring your landline telephone number to your cell phone, do not hesitate to give us a call at 888-582-4177 or 617-963-0004. We will be happy to help you. At Community Phone, we treat our customers like family; our staff is trained to be of the best service to you. You receive hands-on help, oftentimes directly from the CEO, at Community Phone!
- Chandler, N. (2018, March 12). How Stuff Works. Retrieved March 20, 2020, from How to Forward Calls from a Landline to a Cell Phone: https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/how-to-forward-calls-landline-to-cell-phone.htm
- (2020, March 20). Slingshot. Retrieved March 20, 2020, from Quick Reference Guide on Call Forwarding: https://www.slingshotvoip.com/business/quick-reference-guide-on-call-forwarding/
- Smith, D. (2006, August 21). With Marisha Pessl, You Can’t Judge a Book by the Photo on the Cover. Retrieved March 23, 2020, from The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2006/08/21/books/21pess.html