1 Voic Plus User Guide Version: 2.0_CA Revised: 25 September 2007 Notices Copyright 2007 Vonage. All rights reserved. No part of this documentation may be reproduced in any form or by any means or used to make any derivative work (such as translation, transformation, or adaptation) without prior written permission from Vonage. Vonage reserves the right to revise this documentation and to make changes in content from time to time without obligation on the part of Vonage to provide notification of such revision or change. Vonage provides this documentation without warranty of any kind, implied or expressed, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Vonage may make improvements or changes in the product(s) and/or the program(s) described in this documentation at any time.
2 Table of Contents 1 Conventions In This User Guide Vonage Basics Introduction To Vonage Voic Plus Getting Started Accessing Voic Plus The First Time New Message Alerts Accessing Voic Messages... 8 Dialing Voic Dialing The Vonage Line Number Dialing A Vonage Local Access Number Voic Access Numbers Voic Main Menu Options Listen To Messages Menu Setup Options Menu Change Your Password Normal And Extended Absence Greetings Review Greeting Record Your Greeting Delete Greeting Record Extended Absence Greeting Activate/Deactivate Extended Absence Greeting Scheduled Personal Greetings Review Greetings Record Greetings (Record Additional Personal Greetings) Greetings Override Review Greetings Schedules Modify Greetings Schedules Delete Greetings Record A Name Announcement Change Your Review Options Using The Online Account Logging In To Online Account Changing The Voic Pin Using Online Account Enable Or Disable Voic Within Your Online Account Setting The Time Before Voic Picks Up Checking Messages Using Online Account Notification Questions And Answers Troubleshooting Appendix
3 1 Conventions in This User Guide The formatting conventions in this user guide are as follows: Steps are numbered and key commands to choose on the phone are formatted bold. Example: 1. Using your Vonage line press Web page commands appear in this user guide worded exactly as they appear on the web page and are formatted bold. Example: * When selecting either Enable Voic Notification or Enable Voic Attachments remember to enter a valid address. Important information is presented alongside an exclamation point icon. Example: By default voic is setup to answer the line after it rings for 30 seconds (approximately five rings). The voic system will not be personalized until you access the system by phone and create your own password/personal identification number (PIN), name announcement, and personal greeting. A note designates additional information that is particularly important for the step under which the note is indented. Example: 1. Select a new password/pin. Note: The standard password/pin length must be 4-15 numbers. 3
4 2 Vonage Basics VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a great way to make and receive phone calls using your broadband Internet connection instead of your standard phone line. VoIP converts your phone calls into data that travels through your highspeed Internet connection just like , but comes out the other end just like a regular phone call. Your callers will never know that it's any different since it sounds like a regular phone call. Vonage is an all-inclusive VoIP phone service. Vonage supplies local and long distance calling anywhere in the US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada for one low price. Vonage uses your existing high-speed Internet connection (also known as broadband) instead of standard phone lines. In order to use the Vonage service, you need the following: A broadband Internet connection such as cable or DSL. Vonage does not provide Internet service. A credit/debit card with U.S. billing and shipping address. A Vonage phone adapter that is provided free upon sign-up through Vonage. Any touch-tone phone, corded or cordless. 4
5 3 Introduction to Vonage Voic Plus Vonage Voic is called Voic Plus because it provides customers with more options for managing voic than standard voic services. With Voic Plus, Vonage customers can manage voic messages by telephone, or online using Online Account. Customers may also receive voic messages as attachments in . Vonage customers may review their voic by using any of the following methods: A Vonage line. A non-vonage line. Customer s account. Customer s Vonage Online Account. Once your voic feature has been set up, log in at any time to manage your voic messages and access your user options. Voic Plus exceeds the limits of other voic services by allowing: Messages to be up to five minutes in length. Messages to be stored for up to 60 days. Storage of up to 150 messages. This maximum number includes both new and saved messages. Messages to be saved on your computer s hard drive for long-term storage. Throughout this document, whenever the term "voic " is used, the document is referring to Vonage Voic Plus. 5
6 4 Getting Started Your voice mailbox is active, and will start receiving messages, once you receive a confirmation containing your Vonage line number (referred to as Vonage line for the remainder of this document). If family and friends know your new Vonage number, they can start leaving voic messages immediately, even if you have not received (and plugged in) your Vonage device. By default voic is setup to answer the line after it rings for 30 seconds (approximately five rings). The voic system will not be personalized until you access the system by phone and create your own password/personal identification number (PIN), name announcement, and personal greeting. Follow the steps under the chapter 4.1 Accessing Voic Plus the First Time in this user guide. For security reasons please change your voic password/pin as soon as possible. 6
7 4.1 Accessing Voic Plus the First Time The first time you access voic you are prompted by the Setup Assistant to create your own password/pin, name announcement, and personal greeting. These settings may be changed anytime in the future. During this call pressing * will replay the prompt. The following steps assume you are accessing voic for the first time using your Vonage line. If you are using another line to access your account, refer to chapter 4.3 Accessing Voic Messages for instructions on how to access voic ; once connected, you can respond to the Setup Assistant prompts described in steps 2 through 9 below. 1. Using your Vonage line press Voic prompts to enter the temporary password/pin received in the Vonage welcome/confirmation . The Setup Assistant prompts to: 3. Select a new password/pin. Note: The standard password/pin length must be 4-15 numbers. 4. Enter the new password/pin a second time to confirm. 5. To accept the new password/pin press # to reject and start again * press. 6. Record a name announcement. 7. To accept the new name announcement press #; to reject and start again press *. 8. Record a personal greeting. Note: Your voic greeting may be up to 1 minute (60 seconds) long. 9. To accept the new name greeting press # to reject and start again * press. * At this point, your new Voic Plus mailbox has been personalized. 7
8 4.2 New Message Alerts When new messages exist on your Vonage line you will: Hear a stutter tone when you pick up the phone handset. Receive an indicating that you have voic , providing notification has been activated through your Online Account. Refer to chapter 6.2 Enable or Disable Voic within your Online Account for more information. 4.3 Accessing Voic Messages There are three ways to access your voic using the telephone: 1. Dialing (works only when dialing from a Vonage line). 2. Dialing the mailbox number direct. Note: The mailbox number is the Vonage line number. 3. Dialing a Vonage Local Access Number. Dialing Voic Dialing * * 1 2 line. When dialing * 3 works when accessing voic from any Vonage from a Vonage line, the Vonage network recognizes the phone number placing the call as a Voic Plus mailbox number, and will prompt you for the mailbox password/pin for that line. If dialing from a non-vonage line refer to 4.3 Dialing the Vonage Line Number and 4.3 Dialing a Vonage Local Access Number. 8
9 If you are dialing from the Vonage line you wish to check messages for, follow the steps below: 1. Dial * 2. Enter the password/pin. 3. Continue to Chapter 5 Voic Main Menu Options. Note: You may wish to disable Call Waiting while accessing your voic . Dialing 7 0 before dialing disables * Call Waiting for the call. * If you are dialing from a Vonage line, but it is not the line you wish to check messages for, follow the steps below: 1. Dial * 2. When prompted for the password press. 3. Voic prompts for a mailbox number. Note: The mailbox number is the full telephone number you want to check messages for. This is generally an eleven-digit number. Refer to table below for examples of various mailbox numbers. * Country Example Mailbox Number USA Canada UK , Voic prompts for the mailbox password/pin. 5. Continue to chapter 5 Voic Main Menu Options. 9
10 Dialing the Vonage Line Number Dialing the voic line works when calling from any line (Vonage or non- Vonage). 1. Dial the 11-digit Vonage line you want to check messages for. 2. Press the * key when voic picks up. 3. Enter your password/pin. 4. Continue to chapter 5 Voic Main Menu Options. Note: The voice line number may be a toll call from the line placing the call. If the number is determined to be a toll call you may wish to use a Vonage Local Access Number. Dialing a Vonage Local Access Number Vonage Local Access Numbers work when calling from any line (Vonage or non-vonage). 1. Dial a Vonage voic Local Access Number. Note: For instructions on how to find a Local Access Number in your area refer to chapter 4.3 Voic Access Numbers. 2. When prompted for the password press 3. Voic Plus prompts for a mailbox number. Note: The mailbox number is the full line number for which you want to check messages. This is generally an eleven-digit number. Refer to Table 1 for examples of various mailbox numbers. 4. Voic Plus prompts for the mailbox password/pin. 5. Continue to chapter 5 Voic Main Menu Options. * 10
11 Voic Access Numbers Vonage supplies Voic Plus access numbers across the US, UK, and Canada. When checking your voic from a remote location (and your Vonage line is a toll call from the line you are dialing from), you may wish to use an access number that is a toll-free call (providing one is available). Vonage voic access numbers are located in the right hand column of the Voic Plus web page. To navigate to the Voic Plus page: 1. Using your web browser go to 2. Click the Features link. 3. On the Features page click the Voic Plus link. 4. On the right side of the Voic Plus page under the Find your local access number section, click the Select a country drop-down list and select the country you are calling from. 5. The Select an area code drop-down list is populated with available area codes for the country selected. Click an area code off the Select an area code list to find the Local Access Number (if one is available). 11
12 5 Voic Main Menu Options After a valid password/pin is entered, the Voic Plus Main Menu options are announced. Bellow are the telephone buttons and corresponding functions for the Main Menu. The options are: Press 1 to Listen to Messages. Press 9 for Setup Options. * Press to Exit. Press 0 for Help. Press 0 0 for Auto Attendant. Each Vonage account is given one voice mailbox per physical telephone number. Physical numbers are lines that have the ability to receive and place calls. Virtual numbers are lines that can receive calls but cannot place calls (800 numbers are virtual numbers). Virtual numbers do not get mailboxes. Once connected to voic , users with multiple mailboxes can switch between them by using the Auto Attendant. Auto Attendant provides the ability to check multiple mailboxes during the same call. While navigating within the voic menu system the * key either cancels, or navigates up one level, through the menu hierarchies. Pressing 0 provides help. 12
13 5.1 Listen to Messages Menu Option 1 on the main menu is Listen to Messages. The Voic Menu Map in the appendix illustrates the telephone buttons and corresponding functions for navigating the Listening to Messages menu. Voic supplies three folders for storing your messages: Inbox Saved Messages Deleted Messages Once you have chosen to listen to messages you may be prompted to do any of the following: 13 Press 1 to Listen to New Messages. New messages are messages you have not saved or deleted over the automated phone message retrieval system. These messages are stored in the Inbox folder. Press 2 to Listen to Saved Messages. Allows you to listen to the messages you have previously listened to and saved. These messages are stored in the Saved Messages folder for 60 days; to keep a message longer, save it again or use Online Account to download it as a.wav file. Press 3 to Listen to Deleted Messages. Deleted messages are not deleted immediately, and can be recovered for up to 24 hours from the moment originally deleted. These messages are stored in the Deleted Messages folder until they are permanently deleted. Press 0 for Help. Help describes prompt functionality in detail. The Listen to Messages menu prompts vary depending on the status of your Voic messages.
14 Example: If you choose to listen to your messages and have new messages, but no saved or deleted messages, you will only be prompted to press 1 to listen to new messages, or press 0 for Help. You will not be prompted to listen to saved or deleted messages because you have none at this time. The Voic Menu Map in the appendix illustrates all the navigation keys available while listening to messages. All are self explanatory except the Mark Message feature. Once a message is paused users can press # to mark the message so the message will repeat from the marked time on. Once the message is marked it will replay, looping from the marked time to the end of the message, until you are finished reviewing it. 14
15 Setup Options Menu Option 9 on the Main Menu is Setup Options. The Voic Menu Map in the appendix illustrates an overview of the telephone buttons and their corresponding functions for navigating the Setup Options menu. Note: You can press 0 anytime for help. Pressing navigates upward through the menu hierarchy. * Change Your Password Option 1 under Mailbox Setup and Greeting is Change Your Password. Vonage sets no limits for how often passwords need to be changed. We recommend you change your password/pin as often as needed. To record a new password/pin: 1. Dial into your voic account. 2. Press 9 for Setup Options. 3. Press 1 for Mailbox Setup and Greeting 4. Press 1 for Change Password. 5. Enter a new password/pin followed by the # key. 6. Enter the new password/pin again, followed by the # key to confirm. Note: Passwords/PINs are 4-15 characters long and consist of numbers only. 15
16 Normal and Extended Absence Greetings Option 2 under Mailbox Setup and Greeting is Normal & Extended Absence Greeting. The Voic Menu Map in the appendix illustrates the telephone buttons and corresponding functions for navigating the Normal & Extended Absence Greetings menu. Each mailbox can have the following four greetings: One Normal Greeting, which is assigned the number 1 and is also referred to as a Personal Greeting. One Extended Absence Greeting, which is assigned the number 3 (also referred to as Personal Greeting number 10 in some menus). Two additional Personal Greetings, which are assigned the numbers 2 and 3, and are recorded as discussed in chapter 5.1 Record Greetings (Record Additional Personal Greetings) of this user guide. The Review Greeting, Record New Greeting, and Delete Greetings commands found within the Normal & Extended Absence Greeting menu do not provide the ability to record, hear, or delete the additional personal greetings. The additional personal greetings can be managed only using the Scheduled Personal Greetings menu. Review Greeting Option 1 under Normal & Extended Absence Greetings is Review Greetings. This option identifies and plays the Normal Greeting and the Extended Absence Greeting. Once played the system returns to the previous menu level. 16
17 Record Your Greeting Option 2 under Normal & Extended Absence Greetings is Record Your Greeting. This option allows you to record a new personal greeting number 1 (Normal Greeting) or Extended Absence Greeting. You cannot record a new personal greeting number 2 or 3 using this option. The Normal Greeting is automatically assigned the greeting number 1. You are prompted to record this greeting the first time you access voic by telephone. To record a new Normal Greeting: 1. Dial into your voic account. 2. Press 9 for Setup Options. 3. Press 1 for Mailbox Setup and Greeting. 4. Press 2 for Normal & Extended Absence Greetings. 5. Press 2 for Record Your Greeting. 6. Record a greeting, press the # key to accept, or choose the appropriate key from the table below for the desired response. Key Function # * 0 To accept To replay To rerecord Mark as an Extended Absence Greeting To cancel For help Note: Each voic greeting may be up to 1 minute (60 seconds) long. 17
18 Delete Greeting The choices are: to delete your Normal Greeting press 1 to delete your Extended Absence Greeting press 3. After either deleting a greeting or pressing * to cancel, the system returns to the previous menu level. Record Extended Absence Greeting The Extended Absence Greeting is a convenient greeting to turn on for any period of time. For example, you may wish to have your Extended Absence Greeting when calls are received while you are away at lunch or attending a meeting. To record an Extended Absence Greeting: 1. Dial into your voic account. 2. Press 9 for Setup Options. 3. Press 1 for Mailbox Setup and Greeting. 4. Press 2 for Normal Greeting and Extended Absence Greetings. 5. Press 5 for Record Extended Absence Greeting. 6. Record the greeting, press the # key to accept, or choose the appropriate key from the table above for the desired response. 7. To activate the Extended Absence Greeting immediately, press #. 18
19 Activate/Deactivate Extended Absence Greeting When you check voic the system reminds you when the Extended Absence Greeting is activated by stating Extended Absence Greeting is turned on; to turn off press pound. The Extended Absence Greeting can also be turned off by following the navigation steps below: 1. Dial into your voic account. 2. Press 9 for Setup Options. 3. Press 1 for Mailbox Setup and Greeting. 4. Press 2 for Normal Greeting. 5. Press 6 for Deactivate your Extended Absence Greeting. Scheduled Personal Greetings Option 3 under Mailbox Setup and Greeting is Scheduled Personal Greetings. The Voic Menu Map in the appendix illustrates the telephone buttons and corresponding functions for navigating the Scheduled Personal Greetings menu. The Review Greeting, Record New Greeting, and Delete Greetings commands found in the Personal & Extended Absence Greeting menu do not allow you to hear, record, or delete your additional personal greetings. These functions can be performed only by using the Review Greetings, Record Greetings, and Delete Greetings commands under the Scheduled Personal Greetings menu. Review Greetings Option 1 under Scheduled Personal Greetings is Review Greetings. This option identifies the greeting by number then plays the greeting, upon finishing the system returns to the previous menu level. All existing greetings are played, including the Extended Absence Greeting. 19
20 Record Greetings (Record Additional Personal Greetings) Option 2 under Scheduled Personal Greetings is Record Greetings. This option allows you to record a new personal greeting number 1 (Normal Greeting), personal greeting number 2, or personal greeting number 3. Any greeting you record can be marked as an Extended Absence Greeting as described in step 7 below. If you create a second personal greeting, you can switch between it and your Normal Greeting by using the Greetings Override or Greetings Schedules features. To record a second personal greeting: 1. Press 9 for Setup Options. 2. Press 1 for Mailbox setup and Greetings. 3. Press 3 for Scheduled Personal Greetings. 4. Press 2 for Record Greetings. 5. Enter the number 2 for your second Personal Greeting or number 3 for your third Personal Greeting. Note: Each voice mailbox can have a maximum of three greetings (and one Extended Absence Greeting). When prompted to enter a number for your second greeting, the system will not accept any number greater than 3. The Normal Greeting is already assigned the greeting number Record your greeting. 7. To accept the newly recorded greeting press #, press 3 to mark your greeting as an Extended Absence Greeting, or choose the appropriate response key from Table 2. 20
21 Greetings Override Option 3 under Scheduled Personal Greetings is Greetings Override. The Voic Menu Map in the appendix illustrates the telephone buttons and their corresponding functions for navigating the Greetings Override menu. The mailbox must have at least two personal greetings recorded to use any Greetings Override commands. You cannot choose your Extended Absence Greeting as the override greeting when using these commands. The active greeting is the greeting played when incoming callers are directed to voic . By default your Normal Greeting is the active greeting, unless you changed the active greeting using the Greetings Override or the Modify Greetings Schedules commands. Assume you have created a second greeting, number 2. The Greetings Override commands provide the ability to switch between your Normal Greeting and greeting 2 for the rest of the day, indefinitely, or according to a schedule you specify using an Override Interval. An Override Interval allows you to specify any time period to activate the greeting of your choice. When scheduling an Override Interval, you can start and end the interval within the next 24 hours, or enter any date and time (AM or PM) to start and end the interval. The mailbox must have two recorded personal greetings in order to use Greetings Override features. You cannot choose your Extended Absence Greeting number 3 (or 10) as the override greeting when using this feature. To override the active greeting: 1. Press 3 for Setup Options. 2. Press 3 for Mailbox setup and Greetings. 21
22 3. Press 3 for Scheduled Personal Greetings. Note: To listen to the existing mailbox greetings choose to Review Greetings (refer to the Voic Menu Map in the appendix). 4. Press 3 for Greetings Override. 5. Refer to the Voic Menu Map in the appendix and select the appropriate choice. Note: When prompted to enter a number for the greeting to switch to, your Normal Greeting is greeting number 1, your second personal greeting is number 2. Review Greetings Schedules Option 4 under Scheduled Personal Greetings is Review Greetings Schedules. The option plays the default greeting schedule, including the times and dates greetings are scheduled to play. When completed the system returns to the previous menu level. Modify Greetings Schedules Option 5 under Scheduled Personal Greetings is Modify Greetings Schedules. The Voic Menu Map in the appendix illustrates the telephone buttons and their corresponding functions for navigating the Modify Greetings Schedules menu. Note: Scheduled greetings operate based on the time zone set during subscription. The time zone can be changed using the Profile link in Online Account. The Modify Greetings Schedules menu provides the ability to assign greetings for the rest of the day, certain days of the week, or a specific day of the year. 22
23 Delete Greetings Option 6 under Scheduled Personal Greetings is Delete Greetings. 1. Enter the number of the greeting to delete. 2. Press # to accept; the greeting is deleted and the system returns to the previous menu level. Press Record a Name Announcement to reenter. Option 4 under Mailbox Setup and Greeting is Record a Name Announcement. The Name Announcement is used by the Message Information feature. It identifies you as the caller when calling other Vonage voic users. To record a new Name Announcement: 1. Log in to your voic account. 2. Press 9 for Setup Options. 3. Press 1 for Mailbox Setup and Greeting. 4. Press 4 for Name Announcement. 5. Record your first and last name then press the # key. 6. The system will repeat the name, to accept press the # key. Change Your Review Options Option 6 under Mailbox Setup and Greeting is Change Your Review Options. The Voic Menu Map in the appendix illustrates the telephone buttons and their corresponding functions for navigating the Change Your Review Options menu. * This menu provides the ability to update your voic profile to play message information or not, and set whether the original message will be attached when replying to a message. 23
24 6 Using the Online Account Additional changes to the behavior of your voic account(s) are set in Online Account. Use Online Account to configure features such as call forwarding, voic , bandwidth, and more. With the exception of changing the voic password/pin (which can be changed using the Voic phone menus), all of the following voic -specific functionalities are only available within Online Account: Change password/pin. Enable/disable voic . Change the length of time before Vonage voic picks up. Checking voic messages using Online Account. Set notification. 6.1 Logging in to Online Account 1. Navigate to 2. On the right top of the page under the Log in to Your Vonage Online Account section, enter your Online Account Username and Password then click Enter. Note: The Online Account username and password were chosen when subscribing for Vonage service. Usernames are not case sensitive. Passwords are case sensitive. 3. Your personal Online Account Dashboard is displayed. 24
25 6.2 Changing the Voic PIN Using Online Account 1. Login to Online Account. 2. Click the Features link. 3. In the Voic Settings section, select the number and click the Configure button. 4. Click the Change PIN link on the Voic Settings page. 5. On the Change Voic PIN page, confirm the line number displayed is the correct number for the new PIN. 6. Enter your new PIN in the New PIN field. 7. Enter the new PIN again in the Confirm New PIN field. 8. Click Save New PIN. 25
26 Enable or Disable Voic Within Your Online Account 1. Login to your Online Account. 2. Click the Features link. 3. In the Voic Settings section, select the desired number from the drop-down list and click the Configure button. 4. Click the option button to Enable Voic or Disable Voic on the Voic Settings page. 5. Click Save. 6.3 Setting the Time Before Voic Picks Up Set the length of time (in seconds) the line will ring before Voic picks up by following the steps below: 1. Navigate to the Enable/Disable Voic page described in 6.2 Enable or Disable Voic within your Online Account. 2. Under the Enable Voic option, select the desired time from the drop-down list in the sentence: If enabled, calls will be forwarded to Voic after 30 seconds. 3. Click Save. 26
27 6.4 Checking Messages Using Online Account Online Account provides the ability to check your voic from any computer with Internet access. Saved messages are stored for 60 days. If you need to store messages longer than 60 days, step 4 in the following instructions describes how to save messages to your computer s hard drive. 1. Login to your Online Account. 2. Click the Voic link. The Voic page is displayed in the picture below. 3. If you have multiple Vonage lines, select the line you wish to check messages for from the Current Phone Number drop-down list. By default the folder view is set to Inbox. Note: By using the Folder drop-down list, the Online Account Voic page can display the contents of the Online Account Inbox, the Online Account Saved, or the Online Account Trash folder. The Inbox within Online Account displays messages presently stored in the Inbox folder of the Voic phone mailbox. Selecting Saved will display messages stored in the Saved folder of the Voic box. The Trash folder within Online Account displays the contents in the Deleted folder of the Voic phone mailbox. 27
28 4. The icon appears next to messages that have not been reviewed. Clicking this icon presents the File Download dialog box. a. Clicking Open will open the Wave sound file in a supporting application so you can listen to it on your PC. b. Clicking Save prompts you for a filename and location to locally save the Wave file on your PC. For messages that have been reviewed: a. Click the Listen link to listen to your message. b. Right-click on the Listen link then click Save target as to save the voic file to your computer s hard drive. c. Select the desired message(s) check box(es) and click Delete Selected to delete the message(s). 28
29 Notification When voic notification is activated, Vonage sends an message each time a new voic message is received. Each voic message gets its own ; if Caller ID information is available you'll see the caller's phone number in the subject line of the . If a caller marks their voice message as urgent, then the message will be marked as urgent. notification can be activated or deactivated using Online Account. Changes to your settings will not take effect immediately; allow additional time for changes to take effect. 1. Login to your Online Account. 2. Click the Features link. 3. In the Voic Settings section, select the desired number from the drop-down list and click the Configure button. 4. Click the Voic Notification link. 5. On the Voic Notification page, choose the appropriate option button from the following choices: Enable notification with audio file (.wav) attachment When selected, Vonage sends a notification every time a new voic message arrives, and attaches the actual message to the as a.wav file. You can: o o o Play back the voice message through your PC without even accessing your voic system. Forward the voice message to anyone else via . Save the voice message to your hard drive. 29
30 Most of the popular media player formats are supported. When this option is selected the Address to Receive Notification text box field must also be completed. Enable basic notification When selected, Vonage sends a notification (to the account you specify) every time a new voic message arrives. The contains the date and time of the call, the phone number of the caller, the account line number, and a total of how many unreviewed messages are in the voice mailbox at the time of the . When this option is selected the Address to Receive Notification text box field must also be completed. Disable notification No notification will be sent from Vonage. When selecting either Enable Voic Notification, or Enable Voic Attachments remember to enter a valid address. 6. Click Save Changes. The page will update and confirm the request is submitted. 30
31 31 Attachments are independent of your voic account. This means that even though you listened to a voic as an file attachment through your PC, it will still be listed as a new voic message the next time you access your voic account by phone or online through your Online Account.
32 7 Questions and Answers If the answers supplied within this chapter do not assist you, please call Technical Support at so that we can further help you. I forgot my voic password/pin. How do I get a new one? If you forgot your Voic password/pin, you can set up a new voic password/pin at anytime by following these simple steps: 1. Login to your Online Account. 2. Click the Features link. 3. In the Voic Settings section, select the desired number from the drop-down list and click the Configure button. 4. Click the Change PIN link. 5. Follow the instructions on the Change Voic PIN page. Can I have multiple voice mailboxes with Vonage? Each Vonage account is given one voice mailbox per line. All voice mailboxes for a single account can be accessed from within Online Account. If you have multiple voic boxes, when checking messages by phone for one voic box you can switch to another by using the Auto Attendant. Refer to chapter 5 Voic Main Menu Options of this user guide for more information. My phone does not ring and incoming calls are going directly to my Vonage voic . Why are all my calls going straight to voic ? Calls may be sent directly to voic (without ringing your Vonage phone) for the following reasons: The Vonage device is not plugged in. Check that the device is plugged in. The Internet Service Provider (ISP) is unavailable. When the ISP is down, all calls received are redirected to voic so Vonage customers do not miss/lose their calls. 32
33 o To check if your ISP is available, launch your web browser and go to a web page. If the page appears (loads), then your service is working. If the Page Not Found error is displayed, then your service is unavailable. The voic setting that determines how long your phone rings before voic picks up is set to instant. To check if the voic setting that determines how long your phone rings before voic picks up is set to instant, follow the steps below: 1. Login to Online Account. 2. Click the Features link. 3. In the Call Forwarding section, select the desired number from the drop-down list and click the Configure button. 4. On the Call Forwarding page confirm Current Settings is set to Call forwarding is disabled. If unanswered for 30 seconds, will forward to Voic . 5. Click the Enable/Disable Voic link. 6. Confirm the Enable Voic option is selected. 7. Beneath the option, confirm the If enabled, calls will be forwarded to Voic after 30 seconds setting is set to 30 seconds. This is the default setting and equals about 5 rings. You may change this setting at any time. Note: This setting should not be set to Instant. 8. Click Save. 9. Test your phone using an outside line such as a cell phone. How do I cancel Call Forwarding and restore my voic service? To cancel Call Forwarding and restore Voic Plus service: 1. Login to Online Account. 2. Click the Features link. 3. Under the Call Forwarding section, click the Configure button. 33
34 4. Under the Current Call Settings section click the Disable button. This button is available only when Call Forwarding is enabled. Why are all my forwarded calls going to my Vonage Voic ? Your voic is automatically set to answer forwarded calls when the forwarded number is busy or the call is unanswered. The amount of time it takes for the call to go to voic depends on your voic settings. For example, if your voic is set to 25 seconds, when a call is forwarded, it will go to voic if it is not answered in 25 seconds. Voic is disabled or reconfigured using the Online Account. Refer to chapter 6 Using the Online Account in this user guide for more information. What is the maximum length of my personal greeting? The following are the maximum recording time lengths for Name Announcement, Personal Greeting, and Incoming Messages: Name Announcement 15 seconds (this is the name recorded by the end user during the mailbox setup). Personal Greeting 60 seconds (this is the message recorded by the end user that is played to callers when depositing a new message). Message 5 minutes (this represents the maximum length of recording time allowed per message during the deposit of a new message). How many voic messages can I have in my mailbox at any one time? You can have 150 voic messages (including both new and saved messages) in your mailbox at any one time. When checking voic by phone the system notifies you when the mailbox is 85% full by sending a system message, which is played before any other message, stating Your mailbox has reached 85% of your storage limit. This message also appears on the Voic page within Online Account. When you receive this message you need to create space for new messages by deleting older messages from your 34
35 mailbox. You may wish to save the messages locally to your computer s hard disk (using Online Account) before deleting them from your mailbox. The system message is sent every time another message is deposited into the mailbox until the mailbox contents drop below 85% capacity, or reaches maximum capacity. Once the 150 message capacity is exceeded, the mailbox is over the limit and will not allow new messages to be deposited. Callers are greeted with a message that states This mailbox is full and cannot accept new messages at this time. The system will then disconnect the call. There is a 60-day time limit on saved messages. For information on how to save message files onto your computer's hard drive for long term storage refer to chapter 6.4 Checking Messages Using Online Account. Why does my forwarded call leave a message at the number I forwarded to instead of my Vonage voic ? Forwarded calls go to Vonage Voic if the forwarded number is not picked up (either by a person or the forwarded number s voic ) within the time set in your voic Online Account (default of 30 seconds). If the number you forwarded to picks up the call in less time than your Vonage voic , the message will be left at the forwarded number. For example: Your Vonage voic is set to pick up after 30 seconds and the number you have forwarded to, your cell phone, has a voic setting of 15 seconds. When someone calls your Vonage phone number the call is forwarded to your cell phone and after 15 seconds if you do not answer the call on your cell phone your cell phone voic picks up. The call was unable to return to the Vonage voic system because your cell phone voic system answered it already. 35
36 Can I set the number of seconds the forwarded call will ring before voic picks up? In the Call Forwarding section of your Online Account, you can change the number of seconds the phone will ring after it has forwarded to another number. The range is either instantly forward or 5 to 50 seconds. What happens if I cannot hear my voice messages online? To hear your voice messages online you need a media playback tool configured to play.wav files, such as Media Player, RealPlayer, WinAmp, QuickTime, Ultra Player, or Sonique. Many of these tools are free downloads. We are always testing new media playback tools, so we encourage you to contact us if one you are using is not compatible with Vonage Voic . How long will messages stay in the system? New messages and saved messages will be deleted after 60 days. Deleted messages are deleted after 1 day. Can I hear my messages online if I have a Mac? Yes. Vonage Voic works with Macs using QuickTime or Media Player 7. Supported browsers are Safari and IE 5.2. We are always testing new media playback tools, so we encourage you to contact us if one you are using is not compatible with Vonage Voic . What determines the time zone stamping of my voic messages? Time zone is assigned to your mailbox based on the time zone you selected for your Online Account. To change the time zone: 1. Login to Online Account. 2. Go to the Account page. 3. Click Edit Account Information. 4. Select the desired time zone. 36
37 What is the Password (PIN) length? The standard password (PIN) length is 4-15 characters long. There is no limit as to how often your password needs to be changed. We recommend you change your password (PIN) as often as needed. Will I lose my voic when I change my number? When you change your number, Vonage gives you seven days to access your old voic box. After seven days, your saved voic messages associated with the old number are erased. Your voic s from your new number are not affected. I have no voic , why do I still have the stutter tone and/or blinking message waiting light? To clear the stutter tone and message waiting light: 1. Call yourself, or have someone call your Vonage number and leave a voic message. 2. Login to your voic by phone, and either save or delete the message. * 3. Press the key to exit out of the voic system and hang up the phone. 4. Wait for two minutes and the stutter tone should be gone. Can I change the order in which my voic messages are displayed? No, voic messages are displayed in the order they are received, first in/first out. 37
38 I use the Call Hunt feature. How do Call Hunt settings affect Voic settings? The number's voic setting is defined in the Call Hunt sequence because Call Hunt voic selections take precedence over the default voic settings for each phone number in the sequence. When configuring Call Hunt, you can choose to turn off Voic Plus or send calls to the voic box of any other Vonage phone number in the account. 38
39 8 Troubleshooting If the steps supplied within this chapter do not assist you, please call Technical Support at so that we can further help you. I receive an Invalid PIN error when checking voic using the phone. 1. Login to the Online Account and reset your voic PIN Refer to chapter 6.2 Changing the Voic PIN Using Online Account for instructions. My inbound calls are not going to Voic . Three methods to troubleshoot this problem before calling support are: 1. Login to Online Account at and disable all Call Forwarding and Call Hunt features. 2. Confirm that no third-party answering systems (e.g., external answering machine) are in use. 3. Login to Online Account at Follow the steps in chapter 6.2 Enable or Disable Voic within your Online Account. Select the option for Enable Voic , change the number of seconds before forwarding to Voic , and click Save. This will allow your requested settings to be reconfigured properly. If none of these steps solve the issue, contact Customer Care. 39
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