How to extend the number of rings when calling someone?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by bingefeller, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. bingefeller macrumors 6502

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    I hope I can make this understandable -

    I was calling someone today and my iPhone let the number ring, say 10 times, then I got a "call failed" message. I tried from my landline and was able to let the phone at the other end ring out for 2 minutes.

    Is there anyway I can get my iPhone to give the other person more time to answer the phone without going to call failed?
     
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  4. mrex macrumors 68020

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    you cannot increase that time, it is only the one who is receiving the call.

    the receiver can change for example how long the phone ring before the call goes to the voicemail. those commands are usually given from the phone, dialer (some operator may have also a webpage). those commands are something like **61*phone number of the voicemail*30# which says that "ring 30s before..." dont remember was that exactly the right code, but those codes are said in a manual/webpage from your operator.
     
  5. zorinlynx macrumors 601

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    Yeah, I remember doing this to extend how long my phone will ring before going to voicemail. I did it many years ago and the changes have stuck through several iPhones now.

    I completely forgot how to do it though, but it did involve funky codes like the ones you just said. You'd think in this day and age AT&T could just have a web page where you set this stuff up.
     
  6. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Based on what's mentioned in the OP, the actual issue/question seems to be somewhat different from all of that.
     
  7. mrex macrumors 68020

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    It is related to it but the op cant do anything to it. Only the receiver is going to be the one who can decide how long the phone rings.
     
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    Ideally it'd also be configurable through the Settings app and would handle the special code behind the scenes (similarly to the existing options for call forwarding).
     
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    But this isn't really the case in this situation given that the OP mentions that the call gets dropped after a minute when calling from the iPhone but can keep on ringing longer when calling from a landline.
     
  10. mrex macrumors 68020

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    Ah! Well.. Probably something to do with the mobile vs landline. Havent used landline phones for decades... If the receiver side is still a mobile, it shouldnt ring for 2minutes, the max time is 30s or so. That can be the reason "only for 10times" in the first post. So i quess the receiver has to be a landline to be able to receive longer ringing time. Those can be usually set to ring longer than mobile devices.

    But why the mobile disconnected it eearlier than landline? Odd...

    In both scenarios only one who can increase or decrease the ringing time is the receiver. Shouldnt matter if the caller is using a mobile or landline.
     
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    It feels like something else is in play there beyond/outside the part of what the recipient can set as far as voicemail activation (as that is basically what stops the rings, otherwise without voicemail they should be able to go on essentially indefinitely under normal circumstances).
     
  12. NoBoMac, Jul 30, 2016
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    I read somewhere in the past, that the cell companies will disconnect a call after X hours, to prevent/minimize overages (eg. accidental butt dial).

    Can see where something similar for outbound calls: in the old days, you are getting charged minutes to make the call at the time you hit "SEND".

    Can see keeping the auto-disconnect systems in place, even in a day and age of unlimited calling: doesn't hog local cellular network, and providers do still offer pre-paid, so, minute charging is still in effect for some.
     

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