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Specialized Telephone Options

Options & Features

If you need services beyond one number for one person, see these services below.   Not all of these may be available at this time.  

Auto Receptionists

Auto receptionists answer calls with a personalized recording and routes calls to a phone user, call queue, common area phone, or voicemail. You can also set up an auto receptionist to route to an interactive voice response (IVR) system to allow callers to select routing options.

Shared Line Group

Technology Services can set up a Zoom Phone Call Queue (see below) or Shared Line Group that shares one direct phone number and extension. Call Queues offer more options and flexibility, but if you just need a basic shared service: 

Shared Line Group shares one direct phone number and extension with a group of up to 10 phone users or common area phones. All members of the shared line group have access to the group's direct phone number and voicemail. You can apply custom business, closed, and holiday hours to shared line groups and set routing rules.

  • Each member can only belong to one shared line group.
  • A shared line group can have 0–50 phone numbers. All members can use these numbers to make or receive calls.
  • By default, a shared line group can handle up to 4 calls at the same time.
  • Shared Line minimum wait: 15 seconds; maximum wait: 1 minute
    If routing to voicemail, you can only route to the shared line group's voicemail inbox. You can't route to a voicemail inbox that belongs to another extension.
  • A shared line group will ring all members simultaneously for incoming calls.

Call Queues

Technology Services can set up a Zoom Phone Call Queue number for you. This routes incoming calls to a group of users. For example, you can route calls to your office's business department.

There are three call distribution options for call queues:

  • Simultaneous: Ring all available members at the same time.
  • Sequential: Rings available members one at a time.
  • Rotating: Rings available members in a regularly changing order so that calls are distributed evenly.
  • Longest Idle: Rings first the member who has been idle for the longest time.

Each Call Queue can have a maximum of 50 members. All members of the queue must have a licensed Zoom external phone number. Common area phones can be included. Call Queues also have a voicemail inbox.

Choose a Call Queue instead of a Shared Line Group (above) if:

  • Any of the members are involved in more than one Call Queue
  • You want Call Queue's minimum wait: 10 seconds; maximum wait: 30 minutes
  • You want a recorded greeting to play before the call routes
  • You want sequential or rotating routing, rather than simultaneous

Common Area Phones

Technology Services can provision a desktop handset for a "common area" that can be used by anyone.

Common area phones can:
  • Be used by anyone who works in the area
  • Be used by visitors to an unattended reception desk
  • Provide a single 911 response address
  • Is purchased by the Division
Common area phones cannot:
  • Provide voicemail
  • Support call handling rules based on business, closed, or holiday hours
  • Use custom hold music
  • Add numbers to a custom blocked list

If you're interested in finding out more about these options, please submit a workorder to Technology Services.