When calling my Google Voice number, there are certain conditions that automatically happens when calling. This is known as calling rules. The rules are designed to make it convenient for me while still allowing others to call me. The calling rules at this time does not apply to my international numbers. The rules are as follows:
- Anonymous Callers (Voicemail)
- Unknown Callers (Home SIP Line)
- Known Callers (Home SIP Line, Visible)
- Priority Callers (Home SIP line, Visible, Ooma)
Anonymous Callers are people that block their number from showing up on Caller ID units. When they call, the Caller ID will show as Anonymous, or Private and there is no telephone number displayed. Because I disclose my number when calling people - I will expect the same courtesy from people who calls me. Therefore, Anonymous Callers will not ring my phone and will go straight to voicemail.
Unknown callers are callers that are not in my contacts. This could be a couple of reasons as to why. The most likely reason is I don't know your last name. If this is the case, I will not put "Joe Down the Street" as a contact. If I don't know Joe's last name, he does not get in my contacts. The second reason is I don't have the phone number that the contact is calling from in my contacts. This might be the case for example with a doctor's office calling from a number not associated as their work number.
Known callers are people in my contacts. I therefore know their first and last name as well as the respective telephone number they will call from. All such callers will ring my phone 24/7, but it would be good to consider local time when calling, and to call at a reasonable hour.
Priority callers are currently medical professionals, but if there was an instance where I would have a significant other, than she will also be a priority caller. Such calls will ring all of my phones, and obviously I can decide which phone to answer.