I know this is the newsgroup for technical aspects of telephony but I am trying to get a handle on this. I am setting up a new office with three employees. I have two lines and data line. Each wants its own phone and voicemail/answering machine for their own private messages. There is no secretary. So I am looking for when a person calls the main number it gets the main announcement -"if you want to reach so and so, press one", etc. It then transfers to that phone extension and if the person doesnt pick up his personal voicemail/announcment plays and accepts a message in his own mailbox. I was interested in the AT&T 984 which has auto attendant and and a digital answering machine but apparently from what I can read in the manual while it does transfer the call to the employees phone, if no one picks up it drops the call. There is no option for leaving a message for the employee and creating his own greeting.
I see on ebay that there is a VP206 which appears to due both. Is this true? Does it need to be physically connected to all phones? Are you able to the transfer to the extension, and when it occurs, allow for personal greeting for each of the extensions (i.e. you have reached the desk of....).
Alternatively, i guess I could buy 4 att phones. Set one up as the auto-attendant the others to the regular answering machine so when the auto attendant phone transfers it to other phones-each phone's answering machine picks up after a number of rings.
Which one would you suggest?
I apologize for ignorance but if someone can enlighten me it would be much appreciated. If this not option for this vp206, I'll take suggestions.
Thanks in advance