On this tab, you can manage call screening policies.

Policy is a set of rules that define what call action to apply (e.g., ring, forward, voicemail) and whether to play the response message (personalized audio message to play to callers before the call is answered) depending on call time, calling/called number, and mode of the called extension. Policies

How to add a new policy

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To add a policy, click Add policy. Type the name of the policy in the dialog that opens and click Save.

You can create several policies for the PBX customer, e.g., a policy for each company department. Then you can assign a specific policy to an account. New policy

To change the policy name, click Edit edit new next to the policy name. In the dialog that opens, specify the new name, and click Save.

To delete a policy, click Delete delete. Note that you can’t delete a policy if it’s already assigned to some accounts.

How to add a new rule

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A rule is a combination of conditions (e.g., time of the call, caller/called number), and specific actions that define how to process the incoming call if it matches these conditions. So, before creating a rule, you first need to define these conditions on the other tabs: Modes, Response messages, Time filters, Caller numbers (From), Called numbers (To).

Once you create a policy, you can add rules to it.

To add a rule to the policy, click Add rule and specify the details in the dialog that opens:

  • Enabled – by default, the rule is enabled once created. Turn off the toggle if you want that rule to be disabled.
  • From – you can select the caller by name (previously created on the Caller numbers (From) tab with the list of their numbers).
  • To – you can select the called party by name (previously created on the Called numbers (To) tab with the list of their numbers, e.g., account aliases).
  • Period – select the time period (previously created on the Time filter tab with the defined time conditions).
  • Mode – select the one or more modes for this rule (previously created on the Mode tab with a unique Dual-Tone Multi-Frequency (DTMF) code that is used for switching extensions between modes). To select another mode, click Add add-circle.
  • Response message – select the response message from the dropdown list that will be played to the caller (previously uploaded on the Response messages tab).
  • Actions – select actions that will be performed if a call matches the conditions specified above (the actions will be performed after playing the response message if it is set). New rule

To edit a rule, hover over the specific rule and click Edit edit new. Change the details in the dialog that opens.

To delete a policy rule, hover over it, and click Delete delete.

You can see the following info for the rules created within a policy:


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Shows the status of the rule. Check mark check mark icon means that a specific rule is enabled.


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Shows the name of the calling party.


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Shows the name of the called party.


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Shows the time period when the rule is applied.


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Shows the modes this rule is assigned to.

Response message

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Shows the name of the response message that is played to the caller.


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Shows actions that are performed if the call matches the conditions specified in the policy rule.

How to change the rule order

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The order of rules in the policy matters. The first rule that matches the call is applied (PortaBilling checks the rules from top to bottom by caller/callee numbers, time interval, mode of the called extension), and the other rules from the policy are ignored. To re-order rules in the policy, select a specific rule using Reorder reorder and drag it up or down.

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