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Extensions – Set up an Announcement-Only Extension | Admin | AT&T Office@Hand
Article #2645

An Announcement-Only extension plays an announcement message to callers which eliminates the redundancy of repeating the same message to another caller. This can be set up by Account Administrators on the Office@Hand Online Account.

Set up an Announcement-Only Extension – Admin

An Announcement-Only Extension is dedicated to playing a message to your callers as an announcement. This eliminates the repetitive task of saying a message to a caller after the other.

Accessing the Announcement-Only Extension
Announcement-Only Extension Settings

Accessing the Announcement-Only Extension

  1. Log in to the Office@Hand Online Account.
  2. Go to Phone System > Groups > Others.

    Go to Phone System > Groups > Others.

  3. Select the Announcement-Only Extension that you want to modify.

    Select the Announcement-Only Extension that you want to modify.

    You can configure 3 settings at this point. Go to the next section for more information on these settings.

Announcement-Only Extension Settings

Extension Info
Direct Numbers
Announcement

Extension Info

The Extension Info allows you to edit the following information:

  • Extension Number
  • Extension Name
  • Company Name
  • Contact Phone
  • Email address

It also lets you do the following:

  • Edit the security settings (password, security question and answer)
  • Change regional settings (time zone, time format, home country code, and greetings language) of a specific extension.
  • Delete your extension

    Extension info

Direct Numbers

Direct Numbers is an optional feature which lets you allocate a specific number to the Announcement-only extension. This routes your callers directly to the extension without going through the menu.

You can either select from an existing list of Direct Numbers or add a new direct number.

You can either select from an existing list of Direct Numbers or add a new direct number.

Announcement

This section allows you to set up the voicemail greeting that the caller will hear when they reach this extension. You can use the default Announcement greeting, or you can customize it.

  1. Click Greeting.

    Click Greeting.

  2. Choose Default or Custom.
    Note: For the example below, Custom was selected.

    Choose Default or Custom.

    You can customize the Announcement greeting in 3 ways:

Record greeting over the phone

This option lets you record your own Announcement greeting over the phone.

Select Record Over the Phone, then select the telephone number to call or enter a new one in the box provided. Click Call Now. Office@Hand will try to reach the phone number, then you will be given instructions on how to record your greeting.

Select Record Over the Phone, then select the telephone number to call or enter a new one in the box provided. Click Call Now.

Record greeting using the computer microphone

Selecting this option enables you to record your own Announcement greeting using your computer’s microphone.

  1. Click Allow when prompted to enable the microphone. The Microphone Test and Record settings will appear.
    When ready, click the Record button Record button to record your company greeting through your computer microphone.

    When ready, click the Record button Record button to record your company greeting through your computer microphone.

  2. Stop the recording and listen to the playback.

    Stop the recording and listen to the playback.

    Click the Record button Record button to start a new recording if needed.

  3. Click the Upload button Upload button when done with the recording. Click Save.
  4. You will be redirected back to the Announcement Settings section, click Save.

Import

This option allows you to upload a customized pre-recorded audio file stored on your computer/device.

  1. Click Import, then click Browse.

    Click Import, then click Browse.

    Note: A pop-up window appears where you can locate and select the audio file to upload. Office@Hand recommends .wav or .mp3 audio formats in the following compression types:

    • CCITT u-Law (G711a), 8 kHz, 8-bit, mono
    • PCM, 8 kHz, 16-bit, mono

      A pop-up window appears where you can locate and select the audio file to upload.

  2. Click Attach after selecting the file.

    Click Attach after selecting the file.

  3. Preview the uploaded Announcement greeting. Click the Record button Record button to upload a different file or click the Download button Download button to download a copy of the greeting. Click Save.
  4. You will be redirected back to the Announcement Settings section, click Save.

See Also:
Extensions – Create an Announcement-Only Extension | Admin | AT&T Office@Hand
Extensions – Create a Message-Only Extension | Admin | AT&T Office@Hand
Extensions – Set up a Message-Only Extension | Admin | AT&T Office@Hand

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