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Time of Day Routing
One of the features that are often missed by other business VoIP telephone providers is the ability to have an alternative routing plan in place when your business is closed. With Purple telephone out of hours routing, you can define a special routing plan that executes when your business is closed. You specify the routing you want, and enter your normal operating hours and our system does the rest for you. Typically, customers will play a message to their caller, letting them know that they are closed and what their opening hours are. You aren’t restricted in this routing though, and many customers route to an on call support number or other destination. Our out of hours routing wizard also has all of the public holidays as published by the DTI already programmed in. We also include holiday zones (England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) to account for differences in public holidays.
Call Delivery Assurance
Often, when forwarding a call to many different destinations; either at the same time using multi-route or one after the other, it is possible that the call may be answered by a voicemail system on one of the numbers forwarded to. Call delivery assurance is a feature with the Purple telephone system that ensures that a call, when forwarded, is answered by a real person before the call is connected. When you switch on telephone call delivery assurance, when a telephone call is answered, our system plays a short prompt to the answering party, asking them to confirm that they want to accept the telephone call. If the answering party fails to accept the telephone call then the call is taken back and the next step in your routing is attempted instead Call delivery assurance is a valuable feature when you want to ensure the telephone call gets answered by a real person. Call delivery assurance can also be used if you want to give yourself the choice of accepting a telephone call when forwarding to a destination where you may not know it’s a telephone call before picking it up.
Music Whilst Ringing
As well as music while on hold, you can configure your Purple Telecom VoIP numbers to play music to your caller instead of them hearing a ringing tone. The music available is the same selection as our hold music. We generally recommend to our customers that they configure their routing to play a message to their caller before routing to music whilst ringing; this can reassure your caller that they’ve come through to the right place.
Line Display Name
Line display name is a key feature if you want to find out which of your Purple Telecom number a call has arrived on. Our customers very often establish more than one number with us, where those numbers all ring on a single VoIP phone. Examples of this include numbers for marketing campaigns, businesses that may want many numbers in different area codes or serial entrepreneurs. The line display name feature allows you to define a display name that will show on your VoIP phone when a telephone call arrives – making sure that you know exactly which line the telephone call came in on.
Many of our customers may have more than one established business that they want us to provide numbering for, or need to acquire numbers in many different area codes that they serve. With a single Purple Telecom, business VoIP account, you can add multiple VoIP Solo numbers in any area code you choose, without any restrictions. Our whisper facility allows you to define a recording to be played when a call is connected to you. You specify the recording on each of your numbers – so you’ll always know where the call came from. Only you will hear the whispered recording. Your caller continues to hear ringing while the short audio file is played to you
Messaging while routing
With a Purple Telecom number you can take advantage of the ability to upload an introductory audio message to play to your callers prior to a telephone call being connected. Doing so gives your caller the reassurance that they’ve called the right number and that they’re dealing with a reputable company. If you choose, you can also configure music to play while they are waiting for their telephone call to be answered: all the time adding to your professional image.
With a Purple Telecom number, you can forward your calls to any destination you want:
A Purple telephone VoIP phone
Another provider’s VoIP phone (provided they provide a SIP URI)
A UK landline
A UK mobile
An overseas landline or mobile
Our forwarding system is more very flexible and forwarding can be defined as for all telephone calls, or only telephone calls that don’t get answered after x seconds. You can create multiple forwarding rules to keep attempting to forward the telephone call to different places in order to connect a telephone call. You can even forward to multiple destinations at the same time (see our multi route feature). Forwarding rules can be updated in real time on your control panel.
Being able to transfer a telephone call to a colleague is essential in most business environments. We support attended transfer and blind transfer.
When transferring a telephone call on to another person, it is common to speak with them prior to connecting the customer. You might want to consult with them or let them know who you are transferring and why. Attended transfer is typically done by calling the third party on a second line on your VoIP phone and when you’ve spoken with them, pressing the transfer button and selecting the line that your original caller is on.
In some situations, you might want to transfer your caller on to a colleague or third party without waiting for the colleague to answer. This is a called a blind transfer. Usually, you can accomplish a blind transfer by pressing the transfer button on your phone and then dialling the number you want to transfer your caller to. Both blind transfers and attended transfers can be done using either external telephone numbers or to internal extensions.
Music on Hold
It doesn’t present a very professional image when you hear the person in the company you’ve called shouting across the room for information. We provide professional quality music on hold when you place your customers on hold. We have a selection of music that we use. On most VoIP phones, when on a call, press the hold key on your VoIP phone to place a caller on hold – they will hear hold music. To return them from hold, press the line key that the telephone call is on.
We provide inbound caller ID display as well as the facility to show or hide your caller ID on outbound telephone calls. You can show or hide your caller ID globally or on a call by call basis (prefix your called number with 141). We can even display an alternative caller ID, so long as you can verify ownership of the number in question. With inbound caller ID, we will present the caller ID of the original calling party, regardless of if the call has been forwarded.
Call waiting is a service that most of us are familiar with. Call waiting in the VoIP world really reveals the key differences between fixed line installations and a VoIP based service. In the fixed line world, when you have a telephone call waiting, as you only have one line, you only hear a beep in your ear. With call waiting on a VoIP based system, your second line light on your VoIP phone will flash, telling you exactly who is calling and which line they called in on. Picking up a waiting telephone call is as simple as pressing the second line button and hey presto – you can easily switch between your current telephone call, waiting telephone call and back again.
3 way calling
Three way calling lets you set up and ad hoc conference with you and two others parties on your phone. You may be speaking with one party while keeping another on hold. With three way calling, you can connect all three of you together in a mini telephone conference. Three way calling is invaluable for quick consultations
With our routing wizard in your control panel, you can set up hunt groups to ring an incoming telephone call on multiple VoIP phones at the same time. Wherever the call is picked up first, it gets connected. VoIP can really add flexibility to this more traditional feature, allowing you to define hunt groups across multiple locations – so anyone in your organisation can answer a call; whether they are working from the office, from home or anywhere else in the world that they have an Internet connection.
Multi route is a feature unique to us. It allows you to forward your Purple Telecom number to multiple destinations at the same time. Multi route is similar to hunt groups, except you can also include external mobile or landline numbers as well as your Purple Telecom VoIP phone. With multi route, for example, you can have your incoming call ring on your VoIP telephone, your landline and your mobile at the same time. That way you can pick the telephone call up wherever you are.
All of our external numbers and internal business extensions come with our professional voicemail facility:
PIN control for mailbox protection
Record separate announcements for away/busy/vacation etc.
Voicemail to email
Forwarding messages to other mailboxes
Voicemail to email
You can configure any email address you want with your number / extension and we’ll send you an email telling you:
When they called
A .wav file with the message that was left for you
Dial by URL
Do you have a call management or other external application that you’d like to integrate with our service? If so, then our Dial by URL feature may be of interest to you. Dial by URL is a simple feature that allows you to specify a number to dial through a web URL. When we receive a dial request, we will ring the IP telephone you’ve specified to place the telephone call from. As soon as you pick up the ringing device, we’ll place an outbound call to the number specified in your Dial by URL request Dial by URL is free with any Purple Telecom number, simple to use, easy to understand and technology independent. Please contact our sales team for more information on this feature
Many of our customers may have more than one established business that they want us to provide numbering for, or need to acquire numbers in many different area codes that they serve. With a single Purple Telecom, business VoIP account, you can add multiple VoIP Solo numbers in any area code you choose, without any restrictions. Our whisper facility allows you to define a recording to be played when a telephone call is connected to you. You specify the recording on each of your numbers – so you’ll always know where the telephone call came from. Only you will hear the whispered recording. Your caller continues to hear ringing while the short audio file is played to you