A sign of rejection that is experienced when one person calls another's cell phone and they can hear the phone ring two to three times before the callee's voice mail begins. It is indicative of the callee not wanting to speak to the caller. Had the callee's phone been off, the voice mail would have picked up immediately. More rings would indicate the callee missed the call.
Billy knew that the girl he met the other night wanted nothing to do with him because when he called her for the first time he was third-ring-voicemailed.