Missing Calls on Your Landline?
Are you tired of missing important calls on your landline ? Ever thought about getting those calls forwarded to an ever-handy cell phone?
It makes sense, and your are not alone. In this blog, we are going to explain how to go about setting up Verizon call forwarding. This feature allows you to receive calls from your landline on your cell phone.
To set up call forwarding without losing your landline number, you have three options:
- Set up Verizon Call Forwarding directly though Verizon
- Cut the Cord with Verizon and receive calls to your landline on your cell
- Place your landline number on its own cell phone.
Or, if you want us - an alternative nationwide landline carrier - to do all the work for you, you can reach us by phone at 855-615-0667.
Verizon can only help you with the first of these options. As we will explained, however, Verizon's option can be expensive, complicated, and time-consuming. You can continue to make and receive calls from your landline number while significantly reducing your monthly bill with Community Phone's landline transferring service. To see if your landline number is eligible for this service, simply fill in the form below. Otherwise, keep reading to find out how you can set up Verizon call forwarding: we've made things a bit easier for you by collecting all of this information — some of which cannot be found on Verizon's website — in one place.
Option 1: Keep The Landline Phone and Forward Calls To A Cell Phone
The first option will let you forward all incoming calls or selective incoming calls from your current landline number to an alternate phone (a cell phone, a work phone, etc.). By choosing this option, you will continue to maintain your landline number and hence the relationship with your current carrier, Verizon. While this may seem convenient, however, it has some drawbacks.
Besides the fact that this can be a long and bothersome process, for instance, many Verizon customers will have to pay an additional monthly on top of their already expensive landline plan to get this service. In comparison, Community Phone’s plan will give you all the same calling features for only $12 a month in total, and our free internet and TV referral service will provide you with the most affordable, highest quality internet and TV options in your area. Community Phone allows you to cut the cord on Verizon while continuing to make and receive calls from your landline number. Call Community Phone at 855-615-0667 to learn more.
Step 1: Account Details
When setting up Option 1, you can either call a Verizon Customer Service, or you can do it yourself by following the detailed instructions in this article. In order to set up call forwarding through customer service, you will need your Account number and Account or Number Transfer PIN, the former of which you will find on the top right corner of your bill (as displayed in the picture below) while the latter, your PIN, will be a 4-digit number that verifies your identity when you call Verizon to talk about your account.
If you cannot find your bill, you can find this information by signing into your My Verizon account here: https://www.verizon.com/my-verizon/.
Your PIN number would have been given to you by Verizon when you first set up your service. If, however, you do not remember your PIN you will need to reset the PIN online in My Verizon. To reset your account PIN, go to the "Change Account PIN" page, sign in to your My Verizon account, enter a new PIN, then re-type the new account PIN in the designated box and then click submit to confirm.
Step 2: Setting up Call Forwarding
Verizon call forwarding may or may not be a free feature for you. Some current plans may have Verizon call forwarding available to you as an added feature. For other plans, it may cost you around $12.99 in addition to the monthly bill you pay for your landline. The most basic Verizon home phone plan costs $35, which means you will be paying at the very least $48 per month. Compared to Community Phone's $12/month plan, this is not your most affordable option.
Step 3: Activating Call Forwarding
You can activate or deactivate Verizon call forwarding on traditional home phones by inputting the following codes:
- Forward All Calls Immediately
Lift your telephone’s receiver and listen for a dial tone. Now press *72, or rotary dial 188.8.131.52. When you hear two short tones, enter the ten-digit number you want your calls forwarded to. Once the call is answered, Verizon call forwarding will be activated. To deactivate, dial *73 or rotary dial 184.108.40.206. You will hear 2 short tones that indicate you have turned off call forwarding
- Forward Calls When There is No Answer/Line is Busy
If you wish to activate Busy Don’t Answer, dial *90 and follow instructions. To deactivate dial *91 and follow instructions.
FAQs about Call Forwarding
Now that we have detailed the how tos of Verizon call forwarding, let’s discuss the common queries that arise regarding its activation.
Call Blocking Services
Several customers are not willing to forward calls in fear of being bombarded with telemarketers and robocalls on their cell phones too. It is for this reason that Verizon offers free spam and robocall protection to you when you set up call forwarding on your phone. Verizon uses a free call filter service called Nomorobo which lets their customers get alerts when a call is likely spam, report unsolicited numbers, and automatically block robocalls based on their preferred level of risk. Verizon also offers Call Filter Plus which is a paid service, $2.99/month/line or $7.99/month/account (3 lines or more). This version includes being able to see the caller’s name for unknown numbers, create a custom block list so that calls from unwanted, specific numbers are automatically forwarded to voicemail, create a custom spam list, view the risk-level of incoming calls and you are able to use spam lookup to search the spam database to see if a number has already been identified as spam.
There are financial drawbacks to buying Verizon's service. Verizon offers a basic home phone plan for $35 which includes one landline number, and features like Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Blocking, Call Forwarding, Voicemail, Conference Calling and Privacy Control may or may not be free depending on your plan and which area you live in. $35/month is an expensive minimum price.
Retaining Call Forwarding
If, at any point you wish to cancel your landline service with Verizon, you will no longer retain your call forwarding feature. It is a feature offered in association with your basic home phone plan and cannot be used separately. Simply put, no landline - no call forwarding.
Option 2: Forward All Calls to an Existing Cell Phone & Cut the Cord
This option is not one Verizon can help you with. In fact, it is not one that any large phone corporation can help you with. Through Community Phone, you can forward all incoming calls from your landline to your existing cell phone while discontinuing your landline service. Once Community Phone call forwarding has been safely and effectively set up (which will NOT affect the calls you are already receiving on your cell phone), we will help you end your current landline subscription. By choosing this option, you will safeguard your contacts, save yourself from having to learn a new number, and reduce your monthly phone bill, all the while keeping the number you are comfortable with. And, you can complete this process in a few minutes with our self transfer form.
Option 3: Make Your Current Landline Number A New Cell Phone Number
This third option allows you to place your old landline number on a new cell phone. If you want to transfer your existing landline number to a new phone/cell phone and then end your landline subscription, Community Phone can handle the entire process for you. The transfer plan will cost you only $20.00/month, or $29.00/month with a cell phone included.
If you have an existing cell number and simply want to make and receive phone calls from your landline number, call forwarding is probably your best option. The added benefit of transferring your landline number to a new cell phone exists in keeping all of your contacts and only operating with a single number. For people without an existing cell phone or cell phone number, this can be an attractive option. And, in either case, you will save money on your phone bill while receiving Community Phone's incomparable customer service, which will be with you every step of the way.
For more information, give us a call at 1-888-582-4177 or visit our landline forwarding and transferring page here.