Call Handling and Call Forwarding to an IVR

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I am trying to figure out how to have a user's call handling and call forwarding  sequentially  after calling that user's IP Phone or additional phones numbers, instead of going directly a voicemail to forward to a IVR.  Is this possible?  I tried using a number that is directly tied to an IVR and typed it as a forwarding number, but I got a message, which read, "This phone number cannot be the same as your account number or any additional numbers."  I got the same message again, when using the unconditional call forwarding in the after-hours section. If it is not possible, is there a workaround for this?
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Hi Johnny,   You can't actually forward back to the IVR as the error message states.  Can you describe to us the other details and maybe we can come up with a solution using advanced rules, or some other solution.  How many users do you have, what route or what do you want to happen with the caller instead of going to Voicemail? 
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Hi Mike, I have two VOIP users and three RC app or desktop users.  I have tried using the advanced rules to do a work around, but still I get an error message there too.   For that specific extension only, I want it to be routed to a special IVR, which I created, when the user is busy or for after hours.  I tried to just putting in the extension numbers in the call handling and call forwarding section, but that too seemed it didn't work.  How can we resolve this issue?
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Hi Johnny,  If I understand your problem, I think you may have to add another line to accomplish this and move that user to the new line. However, when I look at your account I'm not 100% sure which line or extension you are dealing with. You may want to give us a call to explain more of the details.

Mike 
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Mike,  I am talking about extension #3, but I was thinking if I had a separate ring central account, to forward too, which would then forward it back to the number I have associated with the direct telephone number I have associated with extension #87.  If so, what would just a call-forwarding number on a separate account cost me?

Johnny
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It will likely be cheaper to add another line, but it depends on which plan you need and how many minutes required etc.  For this it's probably best that you speak with one of our Sales reps and explain to them your needs and how you want to set this up so they can guide you in the right decision. 877-323-8684
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Is there any way for a call to be routed first to an operator extension, then back to the Auto Receptionist or an IVR? I would prefer to have a live person answer the phone, but if they are not available, I would like the call to be automatically routed to the auto receptionist or a dial by name directory. Is this a possibility?
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Jonathan - the receptionist can transfer the call into the IVR Menu (she just needs to know the IVR extension #). But there is not a way to automatically fwd the calls to the IVR/dial-by-name after the receptionist.
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Thank you Kim for the info.