One of the benefits of 1300 numbers (and 1800 numbers) is that you can use a single phone number for your business Australia-wide, which is great for branding and advertising.
Sophisticated routing options mean that the 1300/1800 network can determine where your callers are located, and automatically forward their calls to your nearest office (no matter how many offices you have).
These routing options provide a great level of flexibility, allowing you to specify a single number per state, right down to routing calls based on the caller’s local Telstra exchange.
One office per state
State-based routing is ideal for businesses with offices in multiple capital cities around Australia.
You can specify one answerpoint number for each Australian state. For example, all callers from Queensland have their calls routed to your Brisbane office, and all callers from South Australia have their calls routed to your Adelaide office.
State-based routing has the added benefit of being FREE (i.e. no additional monthly fee) from most 1300 number and 1800 number providers.
Multiple offices in each state
Choose the routing option with the appropriate level of “granularity” for your business—from major regional centres right down to individual Telstra exchanges:
- Region-based routing
Select from 208 regions Australia-wide (for example Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle and Gosford).
- Area-based routing
Select from 2045 areas Australia-wide (for example Melbourne City, Dandenong, Sunbury. Werribee).
- Exchanged-based routing
Select from the 5283 Telstra exchanges Australia-wide.
Note that the 1300/1800 network can determine locations only for calls that originate from fixed landlines. With all of the above options, you can select to route all calls from mobile phones to a separate number, from which the calls can be redirected (e.g. via an IVR menu or live operator).
Instead of automatically detecting the caller’s location, you can select to route calls based on a postcode that the caller enters. This option is ideal for
- callers using mobile phones (where origin-dependent routing cannot determine their location)
- callers dialling from a number that is in a different location from the service they require (e.g. calling from work when looking for a business close to home)
Calls are answered with a recorded message that welcomes and thanks your callers, and then asks them to enter their 4-digit postcode. This provides your callers with total flexibility and allows them to speak to the office/outlet that is most convenient to them.
Extending office hours
1300/1800 routing options also provide national businesses with the ability to extend office hours at no additional cost!
You can use time-based routing to automatically direct all early-morning calls to your East Coast offices, and those later in the day to your West Coast offices.
This extends the hours in which you can provide your customers with expert assistance from your own employees without the need to pay any overtime.
Time-based routing is FREE (i.e. no additional monthly fee) from most 1300 and 1800 number providers.
Find out more about 1300 numbers
You can find out more about advanced routing options and other benefits of 1300 Numbers and 1800 Numbers on our web site. Or give us a call on 1300 ALLTEL (1300 255 835) and talk to our Australian-based customer service team about the ways in which we can help with your business telecommunication needs.