How to auto redial busy line with iPhone?

You can’t! So what to do? The easiest way I found is to add the target number to your favorites list. Now to rapidly redial just tap the contact in the Favorites list, then tap the Speaker icon. Busy? Just tap “End call”. Repeat.

Short answer is you can’t.

Background

At least I have not been able to find a procedure or free app that does this.   I found some web pages that say to use the Call button to dial the last call in the recent list.  The use of the Call button on the keypad gui didn’t work for me.  Still requires multiple key presses and did not bring up the last dialed number as stated.

Update: the Call button method will use the last dialed number, not the most recent number in the Recent list.  So, using Call is a viable approach.

Suggestion

So what to do?  The easiest way I found is to add the target number to your favorites list.  Now to rapidly redial just tap the contact in the Favorites list, then tap the Speaker icon.  Busy?  Just tap “End call”.  Repeat.

Questions

My question:  why doesn’t the iPhone have a real redial capability, other smart phones do?   Is it some kind of industry requirement or for reduction in negative possibilities?

Update
May 28, 2014: As I noted here, Samsung Galaxy S5 does support auto redial.
August 12, 2011: Anything changed about this feature or lack thereof? I am still using the first iPhone (yup, doesn’t even update anymore, and the fake GPS map doesn’t even work). Do the newer iPhone or Android phones have this feature built in?

14 thoughts on “How to auto redial busy line with iPhone?”

  1. Is there a conspiracy with iPhone and basic services there is not reliable call block feature or a reliable redial feature. Both you would think would be basic features for any phone let alone the covenanted iPhone. IT IS 2012 For-real these are still challenges for us in a world with artificial intelligence … Amazing

    1. There are legitimate business cases where you would need the ability to redial until you can reach someone. Unfortunately, not everything is social-technology-enabled.

      1. U can use Siri – just say “redial” and it will call ur last dialed number. It’s the easiest way, and even works with ur head set.

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