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In the old days, before God had made light, I used to have Nokia phone. You could change how many times it rang before it went to the answering service really easily.
You went into Phone Settings and there it was.
Not so the iPhone. It comes pre-programmed to go to voicemail pretty fast. I mean, not so fast that you can't get to it if you're just sitting there staring at your iPhone, which I know some people do. But if you are a busy person, like what I am, and have children and a job and a life, then you often don't get to it just in time.
I think this is a conspiracy between Apple and phone companies, so you have to ring in to your voicemail more than you'd like, which (unless you are lucky enough to have an older plan where it's part of the package) means you make calls outside of your call plan and pay more etc etc.
Anyway, for those that don't know*, here is how to change it so that your iPhone rings for as long or as little as you want.
It doesn't appear as if you can make it go for longer than 30 seconds before it goes to voice mail. Such a conspiracy!
*and if you knew, why didn't you share?
** this worked great for me on my 3GS/T-mobile. If you're going to do this then do it at your own risk!