Ever been annoyed at how long it takes to retrieve your messages from Vodafone, Giffgaff, EE, or whoever runs your phone service? Me too. Press 1 to delete. Sorry, you need to listen to more than half to do that….. Yeah…. It’s annoying. It’s much easier to just receive an MP3 file in your inbox immediately after the message is left.
I found a cheap (£1.20/month) solution, which is actually pretty handy. You buy an incoming geographic UK landline from Andrews and Arnold in whichever area code you’d like. Set it up so that it directs straight to voicemail (or busy, if you want to take calls on this new number too. It’s up to you.) If you’re reading this then feel free to leave me a message!
Once this is working, set your phone to direct on busy/failed/no service to forward the call to your new number rather than their voicemail service. That’s it!
This is possible with an iPhone. It’s a little bit more annoying to set up, as Apple do not expose the more detailed call forwarding options within their interface. However, knowledge of the GSM commands means that you can set this up using the dialer. These codes can be found on Wikipedia with more detail of how they work. For a record, here are the (untested by me) activation codes that should work in Europe for iPhones.
If Not Answered
If Out of Reach (No Service)