OnSIP Introduces Global Availability

Written by Margaret Joy

The new global availability setting shows whether an OnSIP user, represented as available or away, is actively open to receive calls across all devices.

Published: October 17, 2019

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OnSIP’s new global availability feature takes your status—available or away—and extends it to every avenue through which you can be reached. 

Desk phones, web apps, mobile apps, desktop apps—the roads to reach you with a single call are far more varied than the old days of simply having a phone at your desk. With so many avenues of communication, we found it was time to build out a global “away” system. 

Previously, setting yourself to away in the OnSIP app covered the app only. If you had a desk phone plugged in, it still rang. Rather than allowing someone to waste time listening to your phone ring only to hit voicemail, we built global availability.

More Intuitive Than BLF

The modern work environment continually blurs the line between on- and off-hours, particularly for remote employees, startups, and other small businesses. This makes it increasingly more important to actively let people know whether you’re available to take calls or not. Just because your desk phone is plugged in does not mean you’re ready or willing to take calls 24/7. You may be in a meeting, out to lunch, or simply in the subway. Unlike busy lamp field (BLF), which indicates whether you’re logged in or on a call, global availability fills in the gap of letting OnSIP and your coworkers know if you’re prepared to take calls at any given moment. 

It’s important to note that the responsibility for global availability status lies entirely on the user. After all, only you know if you can or cannot take calls. That said, we created a banner notification to remind you that you’re away, as well as a notification when you log out while still set to available.

Global Availability Away Reminder Screenshot
If you try to log out of the OnSIP app while still available, global availability double-checks with you.

Global Availability and sayso

Our latest project, sayso, is a web call button that makes sure to only show representatives available to take calls immediately. In order to update this in real-time, we needed sayso to know if reps were technically available and actively ready to take calls. 

Like sayso, global availability requires users to sign into the OnSIP app at least once. Upon login, you’re automatically assigned an available status. From then on, you choose whether you are available or away by clicking on your icon in the top right corner or by going to settings in the mobile app. 

Global Availability Settings Screenshot Mobile vs Web App
Setting global availability in the mobile app (L) and web app (R). 

For more information on global availability, head over to our Knowledgebase

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