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Why are voicemails left on a physical phone?


To determine why voicemails are being left on your physical phone instead of your voicemail queue in Virtual Contact Center.

Applies To

  • 8x8 Contact Center
  • Voicemail
  • IP Phones


In the event where a call offered to an agent via 8x8 Contact Center, either from a queue or as a Direct Agent Dial, reaches an agents personal voicemail box, the reason could be due to the PBX system answering the call before an Agent or the Contact Center Voice Mail picks up the call.  If this is the case you will need to check both your Contact Center configuration and with your PBX administrator (follow below steps).

  1. Log into Contact Center Configuration Manager.
  2. Go to Agent > Access.
  3. Verify that the Voice Mail and Prompting Timeout for you (and all Agents) is set to a time that is shorter than the PBX voicemail. 

For example, if your PBX voicemail will pick up after 25 seconds, you will need to set your Voice Mail and Prompting Timeout to be 20 seconds. Otherwise, the call will be picked up by the PBX every time. 

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