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Topic # 240822 27-Sep-2018 15:04
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Problem: I use my iPhone (Vodafone account) for personal use and for the two businesses that I run.  When somebody calls, I can't tell if they are trying to reach me personally or one of the businesses, so have to just answer with my name and try (often unsuccessfully) to guess what/who they want.

 

Question: is there a service out that there that could provide a virtual phone number for each of the businesses AND let me know through caller ID or even just a distinguishing phone number that I could store in my phone, which business an incoming call is for?

 

TIA


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  Reply # 2097587 27-Sep-2018 15:26
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How are the 3 numbers currently getting to your phone?,

 

Do you have a permanent call forward on the business ones sending calls to your personal number?

 

But in any case pretty sure if you ported the work numbers to a voip service, and then used a voip app on your phone you would know which line was calling...

 

 




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  Reply # 2097619 27-Sep-2018 16:21
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They are all dialling the same number!

 

I'd like to give the two businesses a different number to use (not hard in itself), but when I used the Vodafone virtual number that came with my account for one of the businesses,  I couldn't tell that the call was coming via that number.

 

I really need to know how to answer a call when it comes in.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2097682 27-Sep-2018 18:54
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Not really a solution for your problem because it can't easily be integrated without you getting a PBX and porting the numbers to it, but building a solution for somebody that overcomes the issue with Asterisk which was pretty simple. When they answer their mobile they get a recorded message from the PBX introducing the call and what number it's for (the caller is just getting a ringing or MOH). Once they press 1 the call is then connected.

 

 

 

 




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  Reply # 2097752 27-Sep-2018 20:56
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I suspect a PBX is a bit out of my price range!


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  Reply # 2097761 27-Sep-2018 21:05
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I'm sure someone can point you towards a cheap one that you can use, I know of people running their own instances of things on amazon and only spending a few bucks a month on them all up. I was looking into that before deciding to just stop accepting phonecalls as the best way to deal with them.





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  Reply # 2097825 27-Sep-2018 22:13
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richms: I'm sure someone can point you towards a cheap one that you can use, ...

 

You mean like this?
FreePBX is a web-based open source GUI (graphical user interface) that controls and manages Asterisk (PBX), an open source communication server


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  Reply # 2097862 28-Sep-2018 07:16
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You can do it in FreePBX but what I did requires custom coding. It's not simple.

 

 


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  Reply # 2097871 28-Sep-2018 07:46
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Buy 2 VOIP lines from 2talk. 

 

Download the 2talk app and the Bria app.

 

Load one number into the 2talk app and the other into the Bria app.

 

Depending on which app rings, determines which way you answer the call.

 

 

 

I have no experience with the Bria app, so there is a possibility you could load two voip accounts into just the one app and do away with the 2talk iOS app.




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  Reply # 2097927 28-Sep-2018 08:41
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Thanks, I'll take a look at those, cheers.




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  Reply # 2098210 28-Sep-2018 14:53
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Looks like I might have found a solution from AstraQom.  Anyone have any experience with them?


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