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08-30-2007, 07:18 AM #1Is there a way to change the amount of rings?
I know I had a GSM phone in the past that you just put in a series of numbers that tells the phone how long to wait before forwarding it to voicemail. I've tried this a few times on the iPhone but it just comes up with an error message.
It wouldbe really cool if you made people wait 45 seconds to get the machine. A lot more of the ringtone could be heard that way.
08-30-2007, 09:39 AM #2
You can't change the number of 'rings', only the number of seconds before the phone stops ringing.
I believe that you can only change the number of seconds before going to voicemail from 0-30, 45 may not be possible. I can't remember if zero means never go to voicemail, or go straight to voicemail, but I think it sends calls straight there.
Normally AT&T sets this delay to 20 seconds, you can check that by entering this code:
You can reset the delay by using this:
To turn off voicemail completely (phone will ring until answered or the caller gives up), use this:
The 'destination' above is where your calls direct to to go to voicemail, this is NOT your phone number. Do the query command above, you'll get a screen of information, towards the top you'll see a line that says 'Forwards to' and a phone number, that's the destination. The + symbol in that number is important, make sure that you include this when you made a change.
So, if your destination was +13179998888, and you want to set the delay to 30 seconds, you'd enter this:
I did some searching a while back and found the above info online, I used it to change the settings on my prior AT&T phone, but have not tried changing this on my iPhone. I do know that the query command does work, hopefully the rest should too.
08-30-2007, 11:08 AM #3
Jim the query works, but I can't seem to find where the delay is reported in the information. I can find the voicemail number, but can't make out anything that resembles 20 sec.
08-30-2007, 11:36 AM #4
Yup, you're right, the status screen doesn't list the current length, but again, the default is 20 seconds. I just reset my phone to 5 seconds, 30 seconds, and then back to 20 seconds, calling the phone after each change. The code to change this does work.
Also, I forgot to mention, the number of seconds can only be set in 5 second increments, so valid values are 0, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30. Anything higher than 30 is invalid.
08-30-2007, 12:02 PM #5
you can also call AT&T customer care and have them set it for you on the network side. They will also make a test call to make sure that the settings are to your liking.
08-30-2007, 12:59 PM #6
is the destination your number or your voicemails number?
08-30-2007, 10:46 PM #7