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The phone is ringing, ...

1.I'll pick it up

2.I'm going to pick it up

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Interesting question.

Often the two expressions get used interchangeably, a lot depends on how it's said and surrounding context.

However, without anything else, in your example with a ringing telephone

I will pick it up.
I'll get it [more idiomatic]

would mean you will answer the phone now and has more immediacy and determination than

I am going to pick it up.

which might mean you are about to start to go pick up the phone.

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