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Calling Devices & Caller ID Numbers

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      1. I’m calling from my phone and see an unexpected Caller ID when turboDial calls me!

      2. I want to use a Phone as the Calling Device, but the person I call hears my voice mail system!

      3. What phones can I use to make outbound calls with?

      4. I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID but my phone never rings.

      5. I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID and my phone rings but it doesn’t accept my 6 digit code.

      6. I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID but I see “Twilio Error: Account not allowed to call…” my number.

Questions & Answers

I’m calling from my phone and see an unexpected Caller ID when turboDial calls me!

The Caller ID you set in turboDial is the number that will be displayed to the people you call. This is always true unless you enable the “Auto” feature for the Caller ID. Otherwise, the person you are calling will ALWAYS see the Caller ID you chose for them to see.

The Caller ID you set in turboDial will also be displayed to you when turboDial calls your phone at the beginning of a call, but only if that Caller ID number is not the same as your Calling Device phone number.

If the Caller ID you’ve set is the same number as the Calling Device phone number you are calling from then turboDial will use a different Caller ID for that call to your Calling Device number. But this won’t affect the Caller ID displayed to the person you are calling.

You may ask: Why does turboDial do that? It does that to avoid being intercepted by your voice mail system. There is a problem with most phone companies where calls to a number from the same number are intercepted by your voice mail system.

You may also ask: What Caller ID number does turboDial choose when it does this substitution? turboDial orders your list of Caller ID numbers from smallest to largest and then chooses the first number in the list that isn’t the same as your Calling Device number.

If you don’t like this Caller ID substitution, here is one possible solution.  Some turboDial users acquire a new phone number in turboDial that will intentionally be ordered first in their list of Caller IDs. For example if your current Caller IDs are +14081234567 and +14081234568 and you acquire a new number of +14081221212 that new number will be ordered first in the list. Then if you set your Caller ID and your Calling Device both to +14081234567 turboDial will call your Calling Device using +14081221212 as the Caller ID but still use +14081234567 as the Caller ID to the person you are calling. This approach allows you to not be surprised by the Caller ID substitution turboDial makes.

See the next FAQ for additional information.

I want to use a Phone as the Calling Device, but the person I call hears my voice mail system!

This can happen for a couple of different reasons.

The first case is when the phone you use as a Calling Device has an associated voice mail system and when the call comes inbound your phone cannot be reached and the voice mail system answers. An example would be if your Calling Device phone is on another call, or it’s a cell phone that has temporarily lost service.

The second case is when you have only a single Caller ID number validated in turboDial and that number is the same as the number for your Calling Device. In that case, some phone companies will intercept the call to your phone and send it to your voice mail system. You can solve this by simply validating a second number as a Caller ID. That gives turboDial a choice of Caller IDs to choose from when it calls your Calling Device, and it can avoid using the Caller ID number that is the same as the Calling Device number.

See the previous FAQ for additional information.

What phones can I use to make outbound calls with?

With turboDial you can call from the PC you are using (called ‘This PC’). With turboDial you can also call from any phone listed in your Calling Device list. Your Calling Device list consists of the numbers you have validated as Caller IDs and any additional numbers you have entered directly into the list.

If you want to call from a phone that can only be accessed by dialing an extension then you must enter it directly into your Calling Device list; validating the number as a Caller ID will not result in the extension being included in the number. So in this case you may choose to validate the number as a Caller ID and also enter the number and extension directly into your Calling Device list.

A number entered directly into the Calling Device list by another User in your account will not appear in your list – you must enter it for yourself.

Note, you do not need to set your Caller ID number to the same number as your Calling Device. For example, you could verify your desk phone as a Caller ID and setup your mobile phone as a Calling Device. Then for making calls you could choose your desk phone as your Caller ID and choose your mobile phone as your Calling Device. The people you call will see your desk phone number on their display, but you will actually be talking with your mobile phone.

I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID but my phone never rings.

To add a number as a Caller ID that number must ring to a phone directly when it is dialed. It cannot be handled by any type of automatic answer, such as an auto-attendant. If your desired Caller ID number is answered automatically then you must temporarily configure it to ring directly to a phone you can answer while you are validating it as a Caller ID. Once you have it validated you can change it back to the original configuration.

I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID and my phone rings but it doesn’t accept my 6 digit code.

First of all, make sure you’re not using the speakerphone when you are entering the digits. That can cause echos that cause the digits to not be transmitted correctly.
If that doesn’t resolve it then the problem is usually caused by the carrier who provides service to the phone you receive the call on – they are not passing your 6 digits correctly.
There are a couple approaches to try.
1 – The quickest solution is to forward the calls on that phone to ring at a second phone which is on a different service provider.  Then try adding the Caller ID number again. This time the second phone should ring and you can enter the digits.  Once the Caller ID is authorized you can remove the forwarding.
2 – If #1 is not possible then the alternative is to engage Twilio support to trace your Caller ID authorization attempts. They will collect data and then contact the service provider for the phone number you are trying to authorize.  They can usually get that service provider to correct the issues in their network that is causing digits to send incorrectly.  Send an email to support@turbodial.biz if you need to use this approach.

I’m entering a number to validate as a Caller ID and my phone rings but I see “Twilio Error: Account not allowed to call…” my number.

This typically happens because you did not include your country code when you typed your number. For example, for numbers in the U.S. you must enter the number starting with +1.

 

 

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