Like, we get an incoming call and someone else is trying to get through at the same time, or the battery died and we miss a call while we get to a charger or to a spare battery, etc.
There are two solutions and they both will not work in all situations and for everyone but it may help for some, so it is worth writing about it.
Most cell phone providers have a default ring setting, where initially your phone will be set up to ring a few times before going into voice mail.
They usually set it up in seconds, like 15 or 20 seconds, which usually amounts to about 4 or 5 rings.
Unless you are really quick, you will miss a lot of phone calls as a result because, usually, 15 seconds or 4 rings is short.
Call your cell phone provider and ask them to increase your ring time.
Unless you hate long ring times you will most likely benefit by asking them to change it to the longest ring time possible.
With most phones you can push a button to send the call to voice mail whenever you want, if you do not want to answer a specific call.
The second solution may be harder for some because, from what I know, only Verizon has this feature built in with the service (I keep a phone with them for this feature alone) and it actually works well, even though AT&T may have it too, it does not work the same way.
Read on! We all know of the regular call forwarding feature where you forward all your calls to another phone but when you do that, all your calls will be forwarded and you will not get any of your calls.
Of course that is NOT what we want here.
There is another feature called call forwarding no answer and call forwarding busy.
Regular call forwarding is activated by using *72 or 72# but this feature is activated by using *71 or 71#.
To give you a great example, I have two cell phones (you can use this example with your cell phone and office phone or with your cell phone and home phone).
I have this feature activated to forward to my second cell phone when my first phone is busy because I am dialing out, an incoming call is not picked up yet, I am on a 3-way call, my battery is dead or for some reason I do not have service in a spot.
When a call comes in it will go to my phone without any problem but when I do not answer or my phone is busy for any reason it automatically rings to my second phone.
With Verizon, I will pay for that entire call while it is forwarded as if I am using my minutes.
It does NOT cost any forwarding fees on top of it.
I happen to have unlimited minutes, so of course I do not get charged anything.
If you know of any other carrier that has this feature built in, make sure you do not pay a call forwarding fee on top of the minutes.
Also, in some roaming areas you will pay roaming fees so be careful and check with your carrier on call forwarding fees.
Of course you can choose to forward your calls to any phone you choose but if you forward it to a long distance number you may pay long distance fees.
You can always deactivate this feature the same way you deactivate regular call forwarding.