Control Center makes it easy to manage your CenturyLink Toll-Free Service. Create call plans, alternate call plans, and group call plans; manage toll-free termination, and more. To learn more about managing your service in Control Center watch the overview video.
Control Center overview video
Dialed number identification service (DNIS)
If you have multiple 800 numbers to the same destination, DNIS tells you which number was called.
We want you to get the most out of your toll-free service by using the routing features. In most cases you’ll use a combination of these features to build out call plans. Call plans help direct calls, so you can best serve your customers.
Percentage allocation—route a percentage of your callers to one or more support locations. For example, you could route 50% of your calls to Irving, TX, 35% to Sioux Falls, SD, and 15% to Jacksonville, FL.
Day-of-week routing—route callers to a different number on certain days of the week. For example, on week days have inbound calls go to your headquarters sales department and on weekends send them to your regional sales office.
Day-of-year routing—route callers on specific days of the year—this is especially helpful if you're closed. Use day-of-year routing to route traffic on Christmas, Mother's Day, Easter, or a custom day you create.
Geographic routing—route callers to a different number based on location. For example, if you're a national organization that wants to emphasize you're locally operated, you can route calls based on geography. Calls from Tempe, Santa Barbara, and Madison come into the same switched, toll-free number, but based on the routing criteria you've created, the Tempe and Santa Barbara customers are routed to your California call center. And the Madison calls are answered by your Chicago staff.
In case of an emergency, you can have up to 20 alternate call plans per toll-free number so you can redirect calls as your needs change. You can set up these plans in advance by making them as simple as a single, dedicated route or as complicated as an application with several linked routing features. For example, during hurricane season in North Carolina, you create an alternate call plan that redirects those calls to your Ohio office.
During peak traffic, you want your callers to talk with someone, not get a busy signal. The trunk-to-trunk feature pushes the call from trunk to trunk. Direct trunk overflow helps ensure callers terminate with a direct inward dialing (DID)/automatic number identification (ANI) ring-to number.