SIP IVR announcement

Do you want to play a message to callers on your SIP trunk before you forward the call onwards. Or do you simply want to play a message and then hang up? This is easily done with a SIP IVR Announcement.

Being able to set up SIP IVR Announcements quickly may be useful even if you already have a SIP-equipment that includes IVR-capabilities. Here are some use cases:

  • Avalanche message
    If you are getting more calls than your equipment can handle, and want to temporarily halt the influx, you can activate a message that informs the callers about the situation, and then hangs up.
  • Outage
    If your Internet connection or SIP-system is down, you can play a message to callers about this. In this case, you can also re-route calls to a landline number or other SIP destination.


Features of a SIP IVR Announcement

An announcement has the following features:

  • Plays a message
    Plays an optional welcome message such as “Welcome to XYZ”.
  • Takes an action
    Forward the call to a user, phone number, team or other voice app or hang up.

You can for example have an announcement saying “Welcome to XYZ. Please hold while we connect your call to an agent” and then send the caller to a regular mobile number.

You can create as many announcements as you want for free. However, only phone numbers with business package or ones that are free with website or Premium can be connected to announcements.


Creating an announcement

To manage and configure your announcements, sign into the web app, by clicking on the settings icon bottom left and then going to Company Settings -> Telephony -> Voice apps.

You can create as many new announcements as you wish by clicking on the “+” icon.

This will provide you with an edit view for a new announcement.

Announcement configuration options

Here are the options:

  • Delete
    Allows you to delete the entire announcement.
  • Announcement name
    Shows the name you gave the announcement while creating it.
  • After the announcement
    Define what should happen after the announcement has been played to the caller.
  • Announcement message
    Allows you to listen to the current announcement and message played prior to forwarding the call (if this is the action you choose).


Possible actions after playing announcement

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

  • Connect to user
    Allows you to select a team member that you want the call to be sent to. The user’s call settings will define how they receive the call.
  • Connect to phone number
    Enter a phone number – preferably in the +NUMBER format – that the caller should be forwarded to.
  • Connect to voice app
    Connect the caller to another Voice menu, Announcement or Voicemail box.
  • Connect to SIP address
    Enter a SIP-address (only for advanced users) that the call should be diverted to.
  • Disconnect
    Hangs up the call. This is the default action.


Update messages played

There are two messages played in your SIP IVR Announcement:

  • Welcome
    This is the announcement.
  • Please wait
    This is played if you define that the caller should be forwarded somewhere after hearing the announcement.

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 can be in WAV, MP3 format etc.
  • 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.
Using the Text-to-speech function is free with Premium (up to a fair usage limit). If you are on the free plan Text-to-speech costs €1 or $1 per message saved.