Forwarding Cellphone Calls to a Landline or Other Number

Originally published: 06/2007 by J Wynia

The client-site that I'm working at is a cellphone black hole. Once inside the building, I have absolutely no reception. That means that if you call me at 8:30, and I don't leave for lunch, I won't know that you called until I leave at the end of the day. Given how I've had the same cell number for 5+ years and used it as my only number for most of that, being entirely unreachable for the entire duration of the day isn't reasonable.

Now, after about a week, they did give me a desk phone. However, aside from internal people, I don't want to give that number out for several reasons. One is that when the contract is over, I don't want to have to update anyone with a new number. Another is that I really like just having a single phone number that I can control. I can have complete connectivity when I want/need it and can completely shut it off by just silencing the phone.

Except a dead zone breaks that control apart.

So, last night I went looking for how I could forward all of my cell calls to another number. It turns out to be fairly easy, at least for T-Mobile. These instructions worked like a charm.

Basically, you just create a speed dial entry in the phone book with a name like "Forward to Skype" and a number like:
**004*6125551234#

Then I set up one to "Forward to TMobile" which switches it back to the regular voicemail. It was really easy to set up one to point to my home phone, the desk phone onsite, Shelly's phone, etc. All I have to do is hit that speed dial as I'm walking into the building and route the calls to wherever they should go.

Given how this stuff is all digital at this point, this is how it *should* work, but that expectation so rarely holds true that I was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy this was and how well it worked.

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