We have added a new tab to the options interface for your EasyRinger number called: “Notifications”. Here, you can set up how you would like to be notified of special events on your number. We are starting with the simplest: Email.
In the past, all notifications went to your subscription email address. But, many subscribers with multiple numbers wanted to be able to associate a different email address with each number. That’s only natural, especially if each phone number is assigned to a team member, for example.
If you leave the email address blank, then your subscription email address will be used.
EasyRinger now offers a super easy way to block unwanted calls. To access these options, click/tap on the little “gear” image next to your number in the EasyRinger dashboard, then select the “Number Blocking” tab.
Number blocking or number allowing is simple. First you need to decide if you want to allow number or block numbers. If you block numbers, select the “Block Numbers” radio button. Then, any number the matches the calling number will be blocked. All other numbers will be allowed. If you want to only allow numbers, select the “Allow Numbers” radio button.
“Allow Numbers” is much more restrictive. For example, if you select “Allow Numbers” then add one number to your list, then only that number can call you. Every other number will be blocked. Use this if you know that only certain numbers should call you and you want to remove any excess calls.
(Above) In this example, only 19701234567 can call my number.
“Block Numbers” is useful if you have some particularly bothersome numbers that won’t stop calling. Simply select “Block Numbers” then add the offending numbers to your list:
(Above) In this example, I’m blocking all calls from 19702221234 and all calls from China! (Nothing against China, it’s just an example! 🙂
Note: You don’t have to type the full number. If you enter “86”, then you block all calls from China (since “86” is China’s country prefix). If you enter “1970”, then you block all calls from this area code in the USA.
To remove a number, simply click on the “trash” icon and the number will be removed. You can have up to 50 blocked or allowed numbers.
If you’ve noticed that your EasyRinger number is no longer forwarding your text messages to your destination phone number, you may need to adjust your SMS Options. Recently, in an effort to combat spam, many carriers have been denying forwarding of SMS messages if the carrier does not recognize either the source or destination number. This might happen if you have the “When someone sends an SMS to my number, show me” set to “The Calling or Messaging Number”. To fix the problem, change the setting to “This EasyRinger Number”. The carrier will recognize your EasyRinger number and allow the message to be forwarded.
EasyRinger offers a simple and flexible voicemail system. All numbers that support voice have access to voicemail. In the past, the EasyRinger voicemail system allowed you to type in text which would be read by an AI voice. We still have that, but now you can also upload an MP3 file to serve as your voicemail greeting.
(Above) Here’s an example of a simple voicemail system.
Voicemail is enabled by default. But, in some countries, voicemail is not as popular. To turn off voicemail, just click/tap the “Enable Voicemail” button.
“Timeout” lets you decide when your voicemail picks up. The number (which is seconds) can range from “0” (which means the number won’t ring but will go straight to voicemail) to “120” – two minutes.
Under “Actions”, you can use the traditional “Read Text” option or you can select “Play a File” to either select or upload an mp3 file. When creating your mp3 files, be sure to record in mono and encode with a lower quality setting. This will ensure that your voicemail picks up and runs as quickly as possible. There’s no value in encoding in stereo at a very high bitrate.
We now also support “Language”, which is only available when “Read Text” is selected. Use this if you want the AI voice to read with the proper inflections and pronunciations in the language that you’ve entered. For example, greeting text that’s in Spanish will sound a lot better when you select “Spanish” as the language. You can even select for regional pronunciations for some languages.