iPhone is considered as a revolutionary mobile phone. May be it’s too revolutionary that it lacks some very basic features. Some iPhone users(including my wife) complain about the absence of conditional call forwarding feature (which can be found in most mobile phones):
- Call forward if busy – Forward incoming call to another number if you’re on call
- Call forward if not answered – Forward the incoming call to another number if it is not answered for a predefined period of time
- Call forward if not reachable – Forward incoming call to another number if the phone is off or without signal
Iphone allows you to setup basic call forwarding to direct all calls to another phone number. However, it doesn’t provide any interface to setup “Call forward if busy” and other conditional call forwarding.
Despite the lack of user interface on iPhone to activate conditional forwarding, you can use the so-called “Call Forwarding Code” to activate it. Here are the tricks:
Activate Call Forwarding
To setup “Call forward if busy”, simply dial *67*[another phone number]# and tap “Call”
on the iPhone “Busy” = forwards to the desired number when tapping the “ignore button” ( when receiving a call it will give you an option to answer it or ignore it) I have this set to go to my business partners cell phone when I tap ignore.
To setup “Call forward if not answered”, simply dial *61*[another phone number]# and tap “Call”
on the iPhone “No answer” = forwards to the desired number when you let your phone ring without answering it. I set “No answer” with my Voice mail Number… it would be the default number. However, when receiving a call, you can mute the ring by tapping the volume button once if you don’t want to listen to the ringer but want it to forward to the desired number. ( it will still go to the desired number, in this case my voicemail)
To setup “Call forward if unreachable/Unavailable”, simply dial *62*[another phone number]# and tap “Call”
on the iPhone “Unavailable” = forwards to the desired number when iPhone is turned off or iPhone is out of the coverage area and/or you can manually tell your iPhone you are unavailable by simply Pressing the Sleep/Wake button twice (2x) I have this set to go to my office so I don’t ever lose a call when I am not able to answer the call like when I am with a customer….
Deactivate Call Forwarding
To deactivate “Call forward if busy”, simply dial #67# and tap “Call”
To deactivate “Call forward if not answered”, simply dial #61# and tap “Call”
To deactivate “Call forward if not reachable”, simply dial #62# and tap “Call”
You do not need to remember all these codes. Say, you usually use “Call Forward if busy”, save the number as a new contact. Next time, when you need to activate call forwarding, just look up that contact and dial the number.
Note: The above codes should work with most GSM . If it doesn’t work, please further check with your carrier.