How to Use Call Forwarding to Simplify Your Trading Day

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For many traders, a mobile device is an essential business tool. Traders carry their mobile phones everywhere to stay in touch with the market.

But depending on the situation, sometimes problems arise with getting trading information on your mobile trading device.

In those situations, call forwarding can be an elegant solution to the problem. You can leave your business device at home, at the office, or in your car, but still have access to the calls.

Benefits of Call Forwarding

  • Traders sometimes maintain multiple phone numbers. Carrying multiple phones in addition to your trading laptop can be cumbersome. Call forwarding can allow you to consolidate multiple mobile devices into a single one.
  • If you want, you can forward your mobile phone calls to your trading computer’s VoIP number. That way, while you’re working on your computer, you don’t have to constantly keep checking your phone.
  • If you are experiencing reception problems with your mobile carrier, you can use call forwarding to avoid missing out on calls.

Both iPhones and Android devices have call forwarding features. It’s easy to set up. Let’s see how.

Setting Up iPhone Call Forwarding

On your iPhone, you can set up call forwarding with the following steps:

  • Go to Settings > Phone.
  • Select Call Forwarding.
  • Turn on Call Forwarding.
  • Select Forward To.
  • Enter the destination phone number for call forwarding.

Setting up Android Call Forwarding

Here are the steps to set up call forwarding on an android device:

  • Go to the Phone app.
  • On the top right of the screen, click on the three vertical dots to access the More menu.
  • Go to Settings > Calls > Call Forwarding
  • Select the option you want to use:
    • Always forward
    • When busy
    • When unanswered
    • When unreachable
  • Enter the destination phone number for call forwarding.
  • Enable Call Forwarding.

Call Forwarding Through Carriers

In addition to setting up call forwarding through your phone’s operating system, most carriers also have ways to forward calls. Here is how to set up call forwarding for four popular carriers:

T-Mobile

  • To enable call forwarding:  Dial **21*PhoneNumberToForwardTo#
  • To disable call forwarding:  ##21#

Verizon

  • To enable call forwarding:  Dial *72 and enter the phone number you want calls to be forwarded to.
  • To disable call forwarding:  *73

Sprint

  • To enable call forwarding:  Dial *72 and enter the phone number you want calls to be forwarded to.
  • To disable call forwarding:  *720

AT&T

  • To enable call forwarding:  Dial **21*PhoneNumberToForwardTo#.
  • To disable call forwarding:  Dial #21#.

Troubleshooting Call Forwarding

Most of the time, setting up call forwarding is accomplished without issue in a few easy steps. However, if you run into trouble, here’s what to check:

  • Make sure the forwarding number is correct. You might be forwarding your calls to a wrong number.
  • Restart your device and check the Call Forwarding setups again to make sure the configurations are ok.
  • Make sure you have the latest iOS or Android version running on your trading device.
  • Reset your phone’s network settings:
    • iOS: Settings > General Reset > Reset Network Settings
    • Android: Settings > System > Reset > Network Settings Reset

Use Call Forwarding to Simplify Your Trading Day

Call forwarding is a great feature on today’s mobile devices. Keep it in mind as an option when communications issues arise or life gets complicated. Making things easier on yourself is a sure route to more successful trading.

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