Leaving the client signed in allows you to control the ring time before forwarding occurs, not how long it takes to complete a SkypeOut call, particularly to a mobile number
I have the same issue to resolve to make call forwarding feature is useful. In this call forwarding delay, Google Voice is shorter than Skype even though I do not know how to control this iat Google voice. Defaulted delay of Google Voice is much shorter than Skype. The issue is Call Forwarding is meaningful if the ringing delay should be not too long before caller hang up without waiting the receiver to pick up the phone.
Not sure if you tried this to fix your call forwarding delay but there are more options in the desktop client than the web interface.
In the desktop client >> Options >> Calls >> Call Forwarding
Check box and insert forwarding number. Below is an entry for "Forward calls if I do not answer within __ seconds" The default value was set to 15. When I set this to zero I got 2 rings before my mobile went off.
I'm on the windows xp client.
I live in Malaysia and have a South African skype Number in Durban South Africa to enable my family to contact me. They tell me that on their side the phone rings for ages (about 20 times) before I answer and sometimes it just disconnects without me answering. On my side It only rings about twice and when I answer more often than not the call has disconnected. I also have a Skype number in Australia and they tell me the same thing. A VERY LONG DELAY before the call is forwarded (but they hear ringing and I do not answer) and hardly any ring tones on my phone in Malaysia. Can anything be done......I am paying a lot of money for these two numbers and it is very annoying. Is there anyone in Skype that we can contact?
Just set up a UK number on Monday and was wondering why I was not getting any calls forwarded to my mobile. No wonder! Who would wait a whole ten seconds (more, if you count my time to pick up the call)? No one. I confirmed this lag by calling the number myself. That's an unacceptably long delay for a business, I know it's a cheap service but still..
I'm a Mac user and could not find any settings to reduce this. I suppose I could try logging in to Skype on my mobile, and turning off the call forwarding. I will see how that goes first before getting a number elsewhere.
I wish I had found this thread before purchasing 3 months of Skype Number and forwarding... I have just discovered for myself that it's not possible to have CF < 15 seconds unless you have it running on a client at the time.
This is completely unacceptable, Skype! It must be fixed! It's clear that the setting for time is local to the application, NOT to your actual "account". This is a terrible implementation of an extremely important feature. It's the sole reason I bought the number in the first place - to use as an alternative to a BT Landline, so it could forward calls directly to my mobile.
Skype - get on to it, now please!