How many rings does it take?

How many rings does it take to get to the juicy voicemail prompt on my iPhone?

Finally found out how to set the delay before calls go to voicemail. AT&T Customer Service had no idea when I called a few weeks back but a random guy with the handle dmapr - a Cell guru - on their web based support forum knew the answer.

Go to the dial pad on your iPhone.

  • On your phone, dial *#61# and click Call.
  • Some text information should be displayed:
  • The bit that you are interested in is Voice Call Forwarding When Unanswered Forwards To:

  • Write down the phone number there (from the +1) then Dismiss the screen.
  • Dial **61*1xxxyyyzzzz*11*30# and hit Call.

The 1xxxyyyzzzz is the number you wrote down previously, 30 is the delay in seconds. The delay can be set in 5 second increments, Original instructions included a + before the 1 but it seems to be optional. dmapr said 30 is maximum. I guess you could set it to 5 if you wanted to have no time at all to answer the phone. I’m curious if 30 really is the maximum but actually I’m pretty happy with the delay I have. I just was setting this for the wife. It seems to have worked.

Some of the other readouts from *#61# sound interesting. Anyone want to change the Data Call setting and see what happens?


Note: I checked this again recently and they are all disabled now. Maybe some of you did try changing them?


Update Seems that for Verizon you need to call customer service *611 and ask a representative to set this for you. The results you get will depend on various factors like the switches routing your calls and the knowledge of your customer service representative. Ask for technical support. Call back again another time of day if you get an answer you don’t like.

What I’ve read about Sprint suggests that if you find the right customer service representative so that she or he can attach a feature to your account that allows you to set the number of rings.

Remember the number of rings before a call rolls to voice mail is a function of the network and hence the telephone switch so the fix may be different or non-existent depending on the location of your cell number.

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