How to Forward Landline Calls to a Cell Phone

Updated: Feb 14

Learn how to move calls from your landline to your cell phone.

Before we get started

Before we show you how to forward a landline number to a cell phone, we have to get one major caveat out of the way. There are two very different options for forwarding landline calls to a cell phone.

The first option is forwarding calls from your landline number while keeping your landline service provider the same. The instructions for doing that depend on your current carrier. You can learn more here.

The second option is forwarding calls from your landline number without using your existing landline provider. This option is called Call Forwarding.

Call Forwarding “virtualizes” your landline number, making the need for your physical landline phone and, dare we say, overpriced landline bill, unnecessary.

What is Call Forwarding?

Sometimes you want to continue receiving calls from your landline number after terminating your landline service. With Call Forwarding, you can do precisely that.

Call Forwarding is a service that lets you store your landline number digitally and then have all calls forwarded to any cell phone number. That means you can receive your landline calls right on your existing cell phone, without having to get a new phone or cellular plan.

The cost for Call Forwarding can vary, but in most cases, it is cheaper than your current landline service. Plus, it comes with a host of features, including free robocall blocking.

Who uses Call Forwarding?

  • Homeowners who are switching or canceling their current internet/cable/landline bundle, but want to keep their landline number

  • Home and business owners who are moving and want to bring their landline number with them.

  • Anyone who is sick of their current landline service provider and wants a cheaper and more convenient alternative.

How to Set Up Call Forwarding in 3 Steps

  • Step 1: Check if your number is eligible for Call Forwarding

  • Step 2: Find the best carrier for Call Forwarding.

  • Step 3: Transfer your number before canceling your existing service.

Step 1: Check if your number is compatible with Call Forwarding.

Unfortunately, not all landline numbers are eligible for Call Forwarding.

Fortunately, you can check your number eligibility using our rapid test below.

***Please note this step is entirely optional.

Step 2: Find the best carrier for Call Forwarding.

You want to find a company that can forward your number at a reasonable price. The most important factors to consider are:

  1. Availability - Does the provider offer Call Forwarding options?

  2. Cost - Does the provider give you the best price? Does it beat your current bill?

  3. Ease of Use - Does the provider make it easy to complete the process?

None of the big carriers meet these three criteria. Other options -- like Google Voice and VOIP services -- are expensive, difficult to set up and expose your cell phone number to an onslaught of robocalls.

Step 3: Transfer before you cancel

First, let’s just talk about why it’s essential to transfer your landline number to a new provider before canceling with your current one.

At NumberDock, we handle thousands of landline numbers. Yet, nearly every day, we get folks asking us if they can move their number after they canceled service with their old landline provider. 99% of the time, we cannot help them because their carrier already sold their number to someone else.

No matter who you end up using, make sure you transfer your number before you cancel service with your existing service provider.

At NumberDock we can help our nationwide customers forward their landline numbers securely, efficiently, and cheaply. Our streamlined signup makes it easy to move your number in minutes - you can even schedule it for weeks in advance.

Learn more about NumberDock by visiting our homepage

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Sophie O’Brien


Account Executive