Updated: Jan 31
Missing Calls on Your Landline?
Are you tired of missing important calls on your landline? Would you rather get those calls on your cell phone?
This article will help you set up call forwarding on your Verizon landline.
First, there are two ways to set up Call Forwarding.
Option 1: Set up Verizon Call Forwarding directly through Verizon and keep your landline device and service.
Option 2: Set up Call Forwarding with a different provider, keep your number, and cancel your service with Verizon
We will cover both in order.
Option 1: Keep Verizon Service and Forward Calls to a Cell Phone.
The first option will let you forward all incoming calls or selective incoming calls from your current landline number to an alternate phone (a cell phone, a work phone, etc.). By choosing this option, you will continue to maintain your landline number and hence the relationship with your current carrier, Verizon.
Activating Call Forwarding
You can activate or deactivate Verizon call forwarding on traditional home phones by inputting the following codes:
Forward All Calls Immediately
Lift your telephone’s receiver and listen for a dial tone. Now press *72, or rotary dial 22.214.171.124. When you hear two short tones, enter the ten-digit number you want your calls forwarded to. Once the call is answered, Verizon call forwarding will be activated. To deactivate, dial *73 or rotary dial 126.96.36.199. You will hear 2 short tones that indicate you have turned off call forwarding.
Forward Calls When There is No Answer/Line is Busy
If you wish to activate Busy, Don’t Answer, dial *90 and follow instructions. To deactivate, dial *91 and follow instructions.
FAQs about Call Forwarding
Now that we have detailed the how-tos of Verizon call forwarding, let’s discuss the common queries regarding its activation.
Call Blocking Services
Several customers are unwilling to forward calls in fear of being bombarded with telemarketers and robocalls on their cell phones. For this reason, Verizon offers free spam and robocall protection to you when you set up call forwarding on your phone. Verizon uses a free call filter service called Nomorobo, which lets their customers get alerts when a call is a likely spam, report unsolicited numbers, and automatically block robocalls based on their preferred level risk.
Verizon also offers Call Filter Plus, a paid service, $2.99/month/line or $7.99/month/account (3 lines or more). This version includes seeing the caller’s name for unknown numbers, creating a custom block list so that calls from unwanted, specific numbers are automatically forwarded to voicemail, create a custom spam list, and view the risk level incoming calls. You can use spam lookup to search the spam database to see if a number has already been identified as spam.
There are financial drawbacks to buying Verizon's service. Verizon offers a basic home phone plan for $35, which includes one landline number, and features like Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Blocking, Call Forwarding, Voicemail, Conference Calling, and Privacy Control may or may not be free depending on your plan and which area you live in. $35/month is a high minimum price.
Option 2: Get Rid of your Verizon Service, and Use Call Forwarding to Keep Your Number for Less.
If you are just plain tired of your landline device and the high monthly prices Verizon likes to charge, you can keep your number by switching to a carrier with Call Forwarding.
Call Forwarding lets you store your landline number digitally and then forward all inbound calls to your existing cell phone. The great thing about this option is that it lets you cancel Verizon while keeping your number and saving money. It's also extremely easy to setup.
Through NumberDock, you can set up Call Forwarding in minutes and finally get rid of your expensive Verizon service. Once NumberDock Call Forwarding has been safely and effectively set up (which will NOT affect the calls you are already receiving on your cell phone), you can get rid of your landline device and your old Verizon bill.
By choosing this option, you will safeguard your contacts, save yourself from learning a new number, and reduce your monthly phone bill, all the while keeping the number you are comfortable with. And, you can complete this process in a few minutes online.
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