How to Set Up Voicemail on a Cell Phone

If you have simply upgraded your cell phone but kept the same service provider, stop here: Your previous voicemail setup will carry over to your new wireless device. Otherwise, you'll have to establish a new voicemail account. Fortunately, this is easy to do.

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Methodically set up your voicemail by following the steps that your phone carrier outlines.

Verizon Wireless

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Dial “*86” on your device, and then press “Send” on your cell phone. You may also call your wireless number from another phone and press “#” when you hear a greeting.

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Follow the prompts to personalize your password, greeting and mailbox options.

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Dial “*86” and then “Send” from your wireless phone, or call your wireless number from another phone to check your greeting and listen to your messages. Press “#” when you hear your greeting, then enter your password followed by the “#” sign.

AT&T

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Press and hold “1” on your cell phone.

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Follow the prompts to create a password and record a personal greeting.

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Dial “1” from your cell phone to check your greeting or listen to messages. If you call your wireless number from another phone, press “*” to interrupt your greeting and then enter your password.

Sprint

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Press the envelope button on your cell phone until a “Connecting (your phone number)” message appears on your device’s screen. You may also press and hold “1” while your wireless device is in standby or phone mode.

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Follow the prompts to select a password and record a greeting. Activate one-touch access, if desired, to access your voicemail without a password from within the Sprint network.

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Press and hold the “Envelope” button or the “1” key to connect to your voicemail box, and the press “” when you hear the greeting to listen to your messages. Alternately, press or tap the “Voicemail” icon on your cell phone keyboard or screen and then follow the prompts. Other variations apply to Sprint wireless devices; if you need more guidance on your specific device, consult your cell phone’s manual or the Sprint website. In any event, you can access your voicemail from another phone by calling your number and pressing “” when you hear your greeting.

Nextel

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Dial your 10-digit phone number on your cell phone or call your wireless number from another phone and press “*” when you hear a greeting. If prompted for a password to access your voicemail account for the first time, use the last seven digits of your phone number.

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Follow the prompts to reset your password and personalize a greeting.

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Dial your number from your wireless device or another phone to check your greeting and retrieve messages. Press “*” when you hear your greeting, then enter your password and follow the prompts.

T-Mobile

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Press and hold “1” or dial “123” on your wireless device to create a password. If prompted for a password to access your voicemail account for the first time, use the last four digits of your mobile number.

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Follow the prompts to reset your password and record your name and greeting.

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Dial “1” from your wireless phone to check your greeting and retrieve messages. Enter your password and follow the prompts to listen to messages.