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jrau

join:2005-11-08
Japan

Scheduled Do Not Disturb

Phone Power, just wondering if there is any chance you could implement a Do Not Disturb feature that could be scheduled to turn on during a certain period of the day. This would be very useful to me here in Japan, where I often get woken up by calls in the middle of the night from telemarketers who think they're calling during the day. I would like to be able to set it up so Do Not Disturb would activate during sleeping hours for me. Ideally, it would have a white list to allow through emergency calls from family members and the like. I know of other providers who have this feature, so I'm hoping it wouldn't be too difficult for Phone Power to implement.


topgun

join:2011-01-31
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Send the feature request to gm @ phonepower.com if it becomes popular enough and is technically feasible they may implement it. Now that things have pretty much settled with PP buying VoIP.com I'm pretty sure PP is hard at work and working on releasing some cool new features soon.

In the meantime you can use:
*78 Enable Do Not Disturb (DND): When enabled all incoming calls are rejected.
*79 Disable Do Not Disturb (DND): When disabled, incoming calls are accepted.

This is the starcode for the PhonePower supplied HT-502.
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jrau

join:2005-11-08
Japan
reply to jrau
Thanks, I'll send the request. I knew about the star codes, but I don't really want to have to turn it on and off every day. Plus, that blocks all calls, but I want to be able to let calls from family through.

By the way, not sure what happened, but I have 2 identical posts on here. Is there a way to remove one of them?


topgun

join:2011-01-31
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jrau

join:2005-11-08
Japan
Thanks for the info! I may consider one of those.


topgun

join:2011-01-31
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RockDude57

@comcast.net
If you are due for a new phone, some of the Panasonics can be programmed to go into silent mode at a set time.

Stewart

join:2005-07-13
kudos:26
reply to jrau
A somewhat cumbersome solution, though it's free:

1. Get a free "IP Freedom" account at Callcentric. Add Voicemail. Add numbers to be whitelisted to your CC Phone book.

2. Set up Call Treatments. First, send calls from numbers in Phone book to Busy tone. Next, send calls from any number at Do Not Disturb times to Voicemail. Unfortunately, CC uses a weekly schedule, so if you want to block calls at the same times every day, you'll need to add seven records. Finally, send calls from any number to Busy tone. At this point, wanted calls to your CC number should get a busy signal and unwanted calls should go to CC voicemail. You can test this via a SIPBroker access number.

3. Get a free DID at IPKall and point it to your CC account (e.g. SIP Phone Number = 17772345678, SIP Proxy = in.callcentric.com) Test this step by calling your IPKall number.

4. At Phonepower, set up two Follow Me rules. The first should ring your IPKall number for 10 seconds in Step 1; the second should ring your Phonepower phone for the desired time in Step 2. Send unanswered and busy calls to PP voicemail, or as desired.

Now, when a wanted caller dials your PP number, the IPKall number will appear busy, so it will go immediately to Step 2 and ring your PP phone (there won't be a 10 second delay). On an unwanted call, CC voicemail will immediately answer, so your PP phone won't ring. If you expect only junk calls there, record an "I'm not taking calls" greeting and don't bother to check for messages at CC. Otherwise, record a greeting asking the caller to leave a message, and set up CC voicemail to send you any messages by email. That way, you won't have to check the CC site.


PhonePower
Premium
join:2007-07-20
Winnetka, CA
kudos:1
reply to jrau
This is on our development list as part of our ICM (incoming call manager) overhaul. No due date, but we're working on it. Thanks for the feedback.

Stewart

join:2005-07-13
kudos:26
reply to jrau
In addition to or instead of the complex DND scheme, consider setting up a Localphone account. Once configured, your family contacts can dial a local US number that will ring your Japan mobile. Though it's fairly expensive at $0.14/min., when you are home (or anywhere you have broadband), you can hang up within the first minute and call them back from your Phonepower line. If any telemarketers call the access number, their caller ID will not be recognized, so you won't be disturbed (or charged).


topgun

join:2011-01-31
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said by Stewart:

In addition to or instead of the complex DND scheme, consider setting up a Localphone account. Once configured, your family contacts can dial a local US number that will ring your Japan mobile. Though it's fairly expensive at $0.14/min., when you are home (or anywhere you have broadband), you can hang up within the first minute and call them back from your Phonepower line. If any telemarketers call the access number, their caller ID will not be recognized, so you won't be disturbed (or charged).

Or he could get another Phonepower virtual number @ 5.00 a month they wont break the bank RockDude57 the OP mentioned he still wants to be able to hear emergency calls from friends\family. I know what you are referring to aka quiet time but it is either an all or nothing setting.


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jrau

join:2005-11-08
Japan
reply to jrau
Wow, thanks all for the helpful information. You all gave me more options than I realized existed. I'll take it all in and decide what will work best for me.


topgun

join:2011-01-31
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said by jrau:

Wow, thanks all for the helpful information. You all gave me more options than I realized existed. I'll take it all in and decide what will work best for me.

Scratch the PP virtual # I just found out that it can only separately forwarded to another PP #. However keep the option open, a virtual # can always come in handy at some point.
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Bob Tele Man

@verizon.net
reply to jrau
That would be a nice option, like to schedule for the hours when you are asleep, and maybe tie that with a selective call acceptance list so only those on your list can get through. Keep the drunks from ringing the wrong number in the middle of the night.


topgun

join:2011-01-31
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said by Bob Tele Man :

That would be a nice option, like to schedule for the hours when you are asleep, and maybe tie that with a selective call acceptance list so only those on your list can get through. Keep the drunks from ringing the wrong number in the middle of the night.

I'll drink to that
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ptrowski
Got Helix?
Premium
join:2005-03-14
Putnam, CT
kudos:4
reply to jrau
Phonepower doesn't have a whitelist? I find that odd.

Stewart

join:2005-07-13
kudos:26
said by ptrowski:

Phonepower doesn't have a whitelist? I find that odd.

It does have Selective Forwarding, so you can route important callers to e.g. your cell phone, even when DND is on. But for some strange reason, you are prohibited from specifying your own PP number as the target!

There are always kludge workarounds, e.g. selective forward to a free IPKall DID that routes directly to your device via DynDNS. However, I would not recommend such a (likely unreliable) lash-up in the path of your most important calls.


Bob Tele Man

@verizon.net
Speaking of IPKall. That does not seem to work when pointed at PP. I tried that a while back and I kept getting a busy signal when calling the number IPKall assigned.