Do you race against your phone, trying to answer it before the call diverts to voicemail? For those of us who chuck our mobiles into the murky depths of a rucksack or handbag, scrabbling around the detritus to find your phone can be really frustrating. The usual outcome sees you grab the handset just as its last ring echoes away and a missed call icon pops up.
Thankfully, there is an easy way to make sure you never miss a call again. All you need to do is increase your phone’s ring time. Read on to find out how.
Mobile phone network dial codes
To alter the length of time that your phone rings before diverting to voice mail, you simply need to enter a code. The code differs slightly depending on which provider you’re with, so we’ve listed the main providers below. With each of these examples, all you need to do is tap in the code and press call or send.
In all our examples, the XXs stand for the number of seconds you’d like the phone to ring for before voice mail kicks in. So replace the XXs with 30 to enable your phone to ring for half a minute before the call diverts. Most providers allow you to increase the time in 5 second intervals. There are limits as to how long you can make the ring last for – most providers set a cap at 30 seconds.
EE – **61*07953222222**XX#
Giff Gaff – **61*443*10*XX#
O2 – **61*901*11*XX#
Orange – **61*07953100123**XX#
Tesco Mobile – **61*905*11*XX#
Three – **61*333**XX#
T-Mobile **61*your own mobile number with no spaces**XX#
Virgin Mobile – it’s a slightly longer process for Virgin Mobile phones. Start by tapping *#67# into your phone, then press the call/answer key. Make a note of the number that’s displayed, including the + symbol.
Now enter **61*add the number you noted down**XX#
Vodafone – **61*121*11*XX#
Here’s one we did earlier
We gave the process a go using an iPhone on the Vodafone network. Here’s what the process looks like in action.