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4. Making Calls

How to Start making calls and use all of the features available directly from your Phone.

First Call

When you have your Phone configuration complete or the softphone is online you can start making calls, we suggest trying one of the following numbers first:

  • #123 - Test Call - Will play music if call connects fine and Audio equipment is configured correctly.
  • #124 - Echo Test - Will repeat or echo back any audio picked up by receiver, repeat should return in less than a second if more than a second there is likely an issue with the Internet connection.
  • #125 - DTMF Test - Tests Dual Tone Multi Frequency used to make selections in IVR/Auto Attendant menu`s, you will hear the number read back when a button is pressed.

These test numbers are also very useful for troubleshooting.

Dial Plan

The dial plan is set by your Geographical location and allows for calling local numbers without the need for Country codes or International dialling codes, even when travelling Internationally.

For Example: Location set to United Kingdom.
Dial Plan will be as follows:
Numbers in United Kingdom:
0 +
International:
00 + +

When calling "Locally" just dial 0203 642 7900

When calling International just dial 00 34 911 231 208

This method of calling or dial plan will remain even if outside of the set location allowing frequent callers to easily reach their target numbers.

Please see at the bottom of this page a list of all dialling patterns supported by VoIPstudio Hosted PBX system at the bottom of this page.

Call On Hold

Most Desk Phones and Softphones have a dedicated Hold button, when pressed the active call is "Paused" with no Audio between Caller and Extension until the hold button is pressed again and the call is resumed.

While on Hold the caller will only hear music and can either wait to be removed from hold or hang up.

Call Transfer

Transferring a call is the process of connecting a call with a different extension or number.

Most Desk Phones and VoIPstudio Softphone has a dedicated Transfer button, when selected a prompt for the destination number will appear and once dialled can be pressed again to complete the transfer.

Attended Transfer:
Places call on hold then connects to end destination number after contact is made call is removed from hold and connected to end destination number.

This is very useful for important calls or to ensure that the destination person is available to take the call.

Blind Transfer:
Call is immediately transferred to end destination number and rings until answered.

Very quick transfer but can at times end with no one answering and the call if not at their desk and eventually hangs up or goes to voicemail.

Calls can be transferred to extensions, conference room`s or even numbers outside of the VoIP Network like landlines or Cell Phones.

Speed Dial

When adding contacts a speed dial number can be assigned making outgoing calls to frequent numbers more efficient.

Example: **223 will immediately dial the contact with this assigned number.

Ring Group

A Ring Group is a Simple way of Directing calls from a Number to a Group of extensions.

Some finer Points of a Ring group is the ability to share call volumes by using Round Robin or Hunting to ensure all Extensions get equal call volumes.

IVR

An IVR or Auto Attendant is a more interactive way of routing calls by allowing the caller to select the appropriate department or person by either selecting a number from the keypad or dialling an extension number.

Queue

Queue as the name suggest is a way to organize callers in the order that they have called in and answering their calls in the same order.

By making use of Hunting Queue`s become a versatile system to spread calls out amongst agents and ensure callers do not have to wait long.

Below are some Dialling codes that can be used to get more out of your Queues and Agents.

  • #421XXX - Agent join Queue (XXX is the Unique Queue number you wish to join)
  • #422XXX - Agent leave Queue (XXX is the Unique Queue number you wish to leave)
  • #423* - Agent Queue login to all queues
  • #424* - Agent Queue logout from all queues
  • #423XXX - Agent Queue login (XXX is the Unique Queue number you wish to login)
  • #424XXX - Agent Queue logout (XXX is the Unique Queue number you wish to logout)

NOTE: Agents need to be added or join a Queue before they can log in and out using the above codes, they can either be added by an Administrator or Join themselves using the codes set out above.

Voicemail

Voice-mail is Automatically set-up and ready when an extension is created with a default system greeting.

Initially when a message is left by a caller it will be delivered to the email address associated with each extension as an MP3 file but can be changed to have a transcribed message.

The following can be used to access your Voice-mail box and personalize it or listen and organize messages.

  • #445 - Voice Mail Inbox

When dialling directly to an extension or transferring a call by using *1234 for example the call will go to the Voice Mail box of extension 1234.

  • *Extension - Will go directly to the Extension Voice Mail Box if a call is made or transferred.

Call Parking

Places a call on hold but also free`s the user phone for further use and call can be retrieved by any extension as long as they know which "Parking Spot" was used.

While on a call dial #801 to park the call on spot number 1, from any Phone dial #801 to retrieve parked call from spot number 1.

For all Parking Spots and retrieval please see below:

  • #801-#820 - Park current call
  • #801-#820 - Pickup previously Parked Call

Pick Up Groups

Extensions in the same pick up group can answer calls ringing on other members Phones by dialling **

For example extensions 1234 and 4321 are in the same pick up group, Call comes in and rings on 4321 but the agent is away from their desk, by picking up their handset and dialling ** extension 1234 can answer the call on their Phone.

Conference Rooms

Virtual Conference Rooms can be reached by using the below codes and dialling them directly from your extension or a caller can be transferred into a conference room if a meeting is needed.

  • #501-#505 - Virtual Conf. Rooms

Additional Conference Rooms can be added by Administrator.

Ad-hock Recording

If call monitoring is disabled but the need arises for a connected call to be recorded dialling the below code will start recording the call and end when the code is dialled again or the call ended.

  • ## - Start/stop ad-hock call Recording

Service Codes

Available special service dial codes can be found below:

  • #123 - Test Call
  • #124 - Echo Test
  • #125 - DTMF Test
  • #421XXX - Agent join Queue (XXX is a Queue number to join)
  • #422XXX - Agent leave Queue (XXX is a Queue number to leave)
  • #423* - Agent Queue login to all queues
  • #424* - Agent Queue logout from all queues
  • #423XXX - Agent Queue login (XXX is a Queue number to login)
  • #424XXX - Agent Queue logout (XXX is a Queue number to logout)
  • #445 - Voicemail
  • #446 - Phone hot desking. See Administrator manual chapter 14. Phones - Hot Desking for details.
  • #501-#599 - Virtual Cof. Rooms
  • #801-#820 - Pickup previously Parked Call
  • ** - Call Pickup
  • *141* - Dial before a number to automatically have Caller ID as anonymous.
  • *Extension - Will go directly to the Extension Voice Mail Box if a call is made or transferred.

Phone dial pad codes (DTMF) listed below can be used mid call:

  • #801-#820 - Park current call
  • ## - Start/stop ad-hock call Recording

Dial Codes Per Country

CountryNational diallingInternational dialling
AndorraNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
ArubaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
AustraliaNxxxxxxxxx0011 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
BahrainNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
BelizeNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
BeninNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
BotswanaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Burkina FasoNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
BurundiNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Côte d'IvoireNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
CambodiaNxxxxxxxxx001 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
CameroonNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Canada11-digit dialing: 1 NPA Nxx xxxx
10-digit dialing: NPA Nxx xxxx
7-digit dialing: Nxx xxxx **
011 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Cape VerdeNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Central African RepublicNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
ChadNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Congo (Brazzaville)Nxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Cook IslandsNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Costa RicaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
CubaNxxxxxxxxx119 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
CyprusNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Czech RepublicNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
DenmarkNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Diego-GarciaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
DjiboutiNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
East TimorNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
El SalvadorNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Falkland IslandsNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Faroe IslandsNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
FijiNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
French AntillesNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
French GuianaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
French PolynesiaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
GabonNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
GambiaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
GibraltarNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
GreeceNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
GreenlandNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
GuatemalaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
GuineaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Guinea-BissauNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
GuyanaNxxxxxxxxx001 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
HaitiNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
HondurasNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Hong KongNxxxxxxxxx001 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Hungary06 Nxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
IcelandNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
IndonesiaNxxxxxxxxx001 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
ItalyNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
JapanNxxxxxxxxx010 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
KuwaitNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
LesothoNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
LiberiaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
LiechtensteinNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Lithuania8 Nxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
LuxembourgNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
MacaoNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
MadagascarNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
MalawiNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
MaldivesNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
MaliNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
MaltaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
MartiniqueNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
MauritaniaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
MauritiusNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Mayotte and ReunionNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Mexico01 Nxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Micronesia1 Nxxxxxxxxx011 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
MonacoNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
NauruNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
New CaledoniaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
NigerNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
NigeriaNxxxxxxxxx009 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Niue IslandNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
NorwayNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
PalauNxxxxxxxxx011 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
PanamaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Papua New GuineaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
ParaguayNxxxxxxxxx002 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
PortugalNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
QatarNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
RwandaNxxxxxxxxx000 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
SamoaNxxxxxxxxx0 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
San MarinoNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Sao Tome and PrincipeNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
SenegalNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
SeychellesNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
SingaporeNxxxxxxxxx001 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Solomon IslandsNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
South KoreaNxxxxxxxxx001 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
SpainNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
St Helena and Tristan da CunhaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
St Pierre and MiquelonNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
SurinameNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
TaiwanNxxxxxxxxx002 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
ThailandNxxxxxxxxx001 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Togolese RepublicNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
TokelauNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
TongaNxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
Tuvalu (formerly Ellice Islands)Nxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
United States11-digit dialing: 1 NPA Nxx xxxx
10-digit dialing: NPA Nxx xxxx
7-digit dialing: Nxx xxxx **
011 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx
All other countries0 Nxxxxxxxxx00 country_code Nxxxxxxxxx




** - for 7 digit dialling Location with local area code needs to be defined. Please see "Locations" chapter in Administrator Manual.

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