Affordable Telephone Service

Southern Montana Telephone

Calling Specifics

Call Forwarding

A distinctive tone informs the telephone user that another call has been placed to his line. By briefly depressing the hookswitch, the user will be connected to the second caller while holding the first, subsequent depressions of the hookswitch will allow the user to alternate between callers. $1.50

Caller Identification

Allows a subscriber with a special telephone display unit to be notified of the telephone number and directory name as an incoming call is ringing. This information, along with the date and time of the call is stored in the display unit regardless of whether the call was answered. $5.00

Call Forwarding

Permits transfer of all incoming calls automatically to any dial-able number. The number can be selected by the customer each time Call Forwarding is activated or the call directed to the previously selected number. If the alternate location is not a free call, the customer will be billed for each call forwarded. $1.50

Lets you temporarily forward calls to another number you select.
To use call forwarding:

  • Push *72 on your touchtone phone
  • When you hear a second dial tone, dial the number where you want calls to go. Wait for that person to answer
  • If the line is busy or no one answers, hang up and repeat steps 1 and 2. Two quick tones mean Call Forwarding is working.
  • Check that your calls will be forwarded by pushing *72 on your touchtone phone. A busy signal tells you Call Forwarding is in effect.
  • Remove Call Forwarding by pushing *73 on your touchtone phone. Two quick tones mean your calls are no longer being transferred.
Caller Identification on Call Waiting

An arrangement whereby a subscriber who is using an exchange line is alerted by means of a tone signal and the display of the caller’s name and number on his display unit when another caller is trying to reach that line. The subscriber, by flashing the switch hook on his telephone, is able to have alternate conversations between parties. $2.00

Anonymous Caller Rejection

An arrangement whereby a subscriber may program the telephone line to reject any incoming calls with “blocked” or “private” identification status. The subscriber is able to turn the feature on or off at any time. A call coming in from a blocked telephone number will be routed to a recorded announcement and rejected. A distinctive ring will be delivered and the call will be rejected. $2.00

Three Way Calling

Permits a telephone user to add a third party to an existing local or long distance call. It will also permit a telephone user to consult privately with a third party while holding the original call. $1.50

Basic Voice Mail
  • Stutter dial tone notifies of message waiting
  • New messages retained 7 days
  • Saved messages retained 2 days
  • 30 second greeting message
  • 60 second incoming message
  • Maximum number of messages-10
  • Call forward don’t answer/busy


Voice Mail records your incoming calls when you cannot answer or when your line is busy.

Mailbox Set-Up

  • Enter *98
  • Main Menu: Press 9 for mailbox setup
  • Greeting options. (You can disregard this step if you choose to use the default greeting)

Press 4: Record your greeting.

Press #: End recording function.

Press 1: Listen to greeting.

Press 2: Save greeting (Greeting must be saved to be activated)

Press 3: Delete Greeting

Press 4: Re-record greeting, then follow steps 3-5 again.

Press *: Return to mail box set-up

  • Press 2: Change password.
    • Enter new password followed by the # key. (The password is any series of up to 16 digits you choose)
  • Press 4: Disable/Enable Auto-Login. (Auto-Login defaults to on which enables you to access your mailbox from your home phone without having to enter your password. Should you want to enter your password from your home phone, you will have to disable the Auto-Login feature.)
  • Press *: Return to main menu

To Access Your Mailbox from Your Home Phone

  • Enter *98 (If you DO NOT have Auto-Login enabled, you will need to enter your mailbox number which is your 7-digit telephone number, then your password followed by the # key)
    • Press 1: New messages
    • Press 2: Saved messages
    • Press *: Return to main menu

To Access Your Mailbox from a Remote Phone

  • Dial your home telephone number
  • Press the * key when you hear your recorded greeting
  • When prompted, enter your password followed by the # key.
  • Your password is automatically set in the system as 0000 until you change it.
    • Press 1: New messages
    • Press 2: Saved messages
    • Press *: Return to main menu

Listen to messages:

  • Press 1: Play or re-play message
  • Press 2: Save message and go to next
  • Press 3: Delete message and go to next