How to put a pause in a cell phone number to dial an extension

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How to put a pause in a cell phone number to dial an extension
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Your cell phone contact list can make your life much easier because you no longer have to remember, or even dial, the phone numbers of the people in your list. If you need to store the number of someone at an extension, the process is a little more difficult, since you have to wait for the computer at the other end of the line to answer before you can enter the extension. The pause function forces the cell phone to wait about two seconds before it continues to dial numbers, allowing you to store and dial an entire phone number, including an extension.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Determine what the pause character is for your model of phone. Each manufacturer, and even some different models from the same manufacturer, will have different ways of entering a pause. Some popular examples are: the iPhone, where you press the "+#" key and then press "Pause"; a BlackBerry, where you press the BlackBerry key and choose "Add Pause" from the menu; an Android phone, where you enter a "p"; and a Nokia phone, where you press the "" key until a "p" appears on the screen. Numerous other examples exist, so consult your phone's documentation for specific instructions.

  2. 2

    Type in the first part of the telephone number into your phone. Only type in the part before the extension. Do not add a space after the number.

  3. 3

    Enter the pause symbol that you determined earlier. If you need more than two seconds, you can enter as many pause symbols in a row as you need.

  4. 4

    Type in the extension that you want to reach. If you need to access several extensions, you can continue to add as many pauses and numbers as you want.

  5. 5

    Press the "Dial" button to make the call, or the "Save" button to save this number in your phone book.

Tips and warnings

  • There is also a hard pause, often called a "Wait." This symbol will cause the phone to stop dialling, and give you a screen prompt. When you click "Continue" or "Send," the numbers after the "Wait" are sent. This is useful if the amount of time it takes the system to answer your call varies from call to call.

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