The other day I was cooking spaghetti when I heard the distant ring of my mobile phone.

Elbow-deep in bolognese sauce; I was in no position to try and answer. But try I did! And by the time I washed my hands, raced to the lounge room and threw around my cushions like a mad woman to find my phone, it was too late; the call had gone to MessageBank.

Deflated, I returned to my sauce (which was delicious, thanks for asking!). As it was an unknown number and they left no message, I had no idea who the call was from – and I will never know who the call was from! 🙁

No doubt you’ve been there before. But here’s a solution we shared a while back that I thought you’d like to be reminded of. You can extend the ring time on your mobile before it diverts to MessageBank. Genius!

Extend your ring time

By default your phone rings for 15 seconds before diverting a call. You can actually change this by increments of five seconds, up to 30 seconds.

To extend the ring time, enter the following sequence on your phone, followed by the number of seconds you wish your phone to ring for, then hash.

  1. Press **61*101**[15, 20, 25 or 30]#.
  2. Press the call/send button.

For example, to make the phone ring for 20 seconds, type **61*101**20#. 30 Seconds? **61*101**30#. Easy!

To reset your phone to its original call settings, enter **004*101#.

Have you ever found yourself needing a longer ring time?