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How to Check Your Voicemail for Free (Without Using Your Anytime Minutes)

Updated April 17, 2017

Voicemail is a handy feature and included with most cellphone plans for free. Calling to check your messages, however, can use up your allotted anytime minutes. If you can't wait for your night and weekend time to listen to your mail, there is a solution. You will need to know your voicemail pass code, which is chosen during your initial voicemail set-up. You can use this trick even if your cellphone is powered off or out of your network coverage area.

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  1. Dial your mobile phone number from any other phone.

  2. Wait for your voicemail greeting to start playing.

  3. Interrupt the greeting by pressing the "*" key. You will be prompted to enter your security code.

  4. Use the phone's keypad to enter your voicemail security code. When the correct code is entered, you will be able to listen to your messages just as you would when calling from your mobile phone.

  5. Tip

    Most wireless providers use the "" key to interrupt the greeting and trigger the password prompt. If nothing happens when you press "", try using the "#" key instead. If you have forgotten your passcode, contact your service provider for assistance.

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About the Author

Amy McClain has worked as both a feature writer and a copy editor for a prestigious daily newspaper. She also enjoys writing as a hobby and takes creative writing courses in her free time. She has worked in sales and marketing for a wireless company for over seven years.

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