Effective communication is integral to business success–and ensuring customers can quickly connect to the best available agent is a huge part of it.

The rise in remote and mobile work has its benefits, but sometimes leads to missed calls from important clients, longer call queues, and extended average handle times.

Simultaneous ring solves these issues by boosting team productivity, reducing hold times, and preventing missed sales opportunities or poor customer support interactions.

In this article, we discuss the benefits of simultaneous ring, how it works, how to set it up, and the  top UCaaS providers offering it.


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What is Simultaneous Ring?

Simultaneous ring is a VoIP phone system feature that automatically forwards inbound calls to multiple agent extensions, ring groups, and phone lines at the same time.

Simultaneous ring is a more efficient alternative to lengthy call forwarding and routing paths that dial only one number at a time.

When multiple agents are contacted simultaneously, customers avoid lengthy call queues or call hold times, voicemail messages, and callbacks. In turn, businesses see increased First Call Resolution (FCR) rates, lower cost per call averages, and increased CSAT scores.

Simultaneous ring can be customized to route calls to cloud PBX systems, desk phones, mobile phones, or desktop softphones. It can also be used to route text messages to multiple devices.

Example of Simultaneous Ring with Dialpad


How Simultaneous Ring Works

The simultaneous ring feature works by enabling companies to create ring groups with multiple phone lines attached to one number. Admins set call forwarding rules so that each time a call comes in, it is sent to a specific ring group where every device in the group rings at once. The call goes to the first agent to answer it.

Agents can answer inbound calls from any device including their computer or a landline, and transfer calls when needed. Anyone in the ring group will be able to see who picked up the call or who answered the text message. Admins can turn simultaneous ringing off for individual teammates and allow them to determine when they’re available to take incoming calls.


Benefits of Simultaneous Ring

Having a VoIP phone system with simultaneous ringing offers several benefits to businesses and call centers:

  • Enables team members to work remotely: With simultaneous ringing, team members can work remotely and have multiple devices ring at once, such as an iOS or Android cell phone and home phone. This gives employees mobility and flexibility, leading to increased job satisfaction and decreased agent turnover/employee churn
  • Reduces wait times: With simultaneous ring, businesses can receive, respond, and answer questions or comments when any team member is available. This shortens call queues, reduces call wait times, and lowers communication costs
  • Streamlines work management: Simultaneous ring splits the workload for incoming calls without delegating all tasks to a single team member, preventing employee burnout while also eliminating the need to hire additional agents
  • Improves customer service: Shorter wait times, faster resolutions, little to no unanswered calls, and happier agents all leads to a better overall customer experience
  • Lower communication costs: With simultaneous ring, teammates can be on different calls using one shared phone number, saving the company from having to purchase extra lines


Potential Drawbacks of Using Simultaneous Ring

While there are a host of benefits to using simultaneous ring, there can also be disadvantages.

Potential drawbacks to using simultaneous ring include:

  • Calls may not be evenly distributed amongst agents: Unlike sequential ringing or other call routing strategies, simultaneous ringing alerts all agents in a group to each phone call at the same time. This means that the most enthusiastic agents may end up taking the bulk of incoming calls
  • Calls may not go to the agent best equipped to handle the issue: Unlike skills-based routing, simultaneous ringing does not not factor in skills or experience of individual agents. Companies should ensure every team member of a ring group will be equipped to handle the type of calls being routed to that ring group


How to Set Up Simultaneous Ring

The steps to install simultaneous ring will vary depending on the VoIP provider, but the process is generally simple and straightforward.

  • Step 1: Head to the VoIP or UCaaS dashboard, add a new local or toll-free number, and click on settings
  • Step 2:  In settings, admins can assign a new number to share with specific teammates and select which devices to forward calls to. Admins can also customize other settings, like business hours, IVR call flow, call routing strategies, and more
  • Step 3: Once simultaneous ring is activated, agents can answer inbound calls on a mobile app, home phone, or office phone (depending on the call forwarding path setup)
  • Step 4: Once the call is answered on any of the devices, the ringing will stop


VoIP Providers That Offer Simultaneous Ring

Here are some of the leading business VoIP providers that offer simultaneous ring functionality.

  Price Standout Features Best For
Dialpad $15-$25+ per user/mo.
  • Visual voicemail
  • Ring groups
  • Live speech coaching
  • Real time analytics and reporting
SMBs that need work management capabilities in addition to phone system functionality
OpenPhone $13-$20+ per user/mo.
  • Advanced IVR
  • Hubspot and Salesforce integrations
  • Call recording
  • Voicemail-to-text transcription
Startups and small businesses that need a basic business phone system without a lot of bells and whistles
Vonage $14.99-$34.99+ per user/mo.
  • Unlimited video meetings up to 100 participants
  • Multi-level auto attendant
  • Team messaging
  • Visual voicemail
SMBs that need an affordable and customizable solution
Ooma $19.95-$29.95 per user/mo.
  • Enhanced call blocking
  • Call queueing
  • Hot desking
  • Virtual receptionist
Startups and solopreneurs that need an easy to use phone system
Nextiva $17.95-$37.95 per user/mo.
  • Unlimited internet fax
  • Multi-level auto attendant
  • Video conferencing
  • Call recording
Medium sized businesses that need an affordable, yet reliable solution
RingCentral $20-$45 per user/mo.
  • 300+ integrations
  • Auto call recording
  • IVR
  • Video meetings with up to 200 participants
Large businesses and enterprises that need a high level of security and reliability