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How to create a Cloud IVR voicemail

Creating a Cloud IVR Voicemail box is easy. The recording from the caller can be delivered as an audio file to an email address of choice together with a textual summary and a transcription.

In this article we will explain how you can set up a Cloud IVR Voicemail box in a matter of minutes.



To get started, ensure that you have a free Sonetel account. If you have one, go to the Voice app section in the account settings.


The functions of a Cloud IVR Voicemail box

A voicemail box has the following features:

  • Plays a welcome message
    Plays a message prior to the recording “Welcome to XYZ. Please leave your message after the beep”.
  • Records the caller
    The recording continues until the caller hangs up.
  • Plays a goodbye message
    If the recording exceeds that allowed max time (5 minutes), or turns silent without hanging up – then a goodbye message will be played.
  • Delivers the recorded message
    Sends the message to the destination of choice.
You can create as many voicemail boxes as you want. However, only accounts with a paid plan such as Premium or Business can connect phone numbers to voicemail boxes.



Creating a Cloud IVR voicemail box

To create a Cloud IVR Voicemail box now, sign into the Sonetel web app and move to the Voice apps section. If you do not have a Sonetel account, create one free here.

This is what the Voice apps section looks like in the Account settings.


You can create as many new voicemail boxes as you wish by clicking on the “+” icon in the upper right corner of the screen.



Click on “Create”. This will provide you with an edit view for a new voicemail box.


Cloud IVR Voicemail box edit view

Here are the options:

  • Delete
    Allows you to delete the entire voicemail box.
  • Voicemail name
    Shows the name you gave the announcement while creating it.
  • Set up voicemail for
    Define the delivery destination for the voicemail. See options below.
  • Voicemail messages
    Allows you to listen to the current greeting and goodbye message.


Optional destinations for delivery

Here are the possible actions that you can take when the caller selects a menu option.

  • Team member
    The voicemail is delivered by email to the team member selected.
  • Team (coming soon)
    Delivers the voicemail to the customer service team.
  • Email
    Enter an email address to which the recording should be delivered.


Update messages played

There are two messages played:

  • Greeting message
    This is played prior to recording the callers message “Please leave a message after the tone”.
  • Goodbye message
    Played if the caller is silent for a while. “Thank you for your message and goodbye”

Push the Play button to listen to what the message sounds like now.

Push the menu icon (next to the play button) and select Replace audio, if you want to change the recording.

If you choose to update a message, you have the following options:

  • Upload audio file
    The file you upload should either be in the WAV or MP3 format.
  • Text to speech
    Allows you to type a text and have it converted to a recording in the language of choice, using Text-to-speech.
  • Record
    We will call your registered mobile number. Follow the instructions on the call to record the new message.


Using the Text-to-speech function is free with paid plans (up to a fair usage limit). Free plan includes a limit of 100 free instances of audio generation per month regardless if they are saved or not; additional use is charged at $0.05 per file and started minute.


Connect your Cloud IVR voicemail box to the world

You can purchase phone numbers from Sonetel and connect these to your Cloud IVR voicemail. If you already have a Sonetel account, go to the phone numbers page. Otherwise, sign up and select a number here.

You can send incoming calls from any service provider of choice that supports SIP, to Voice apps (Cloud IVR). It is also possible to send calls from your SIP equipment to the unique SIP address of the Cloud IVR voicemail.


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