Phone and Modem Options: setting up calling card information

The following are descriptions of the New Calling Card and Edit Calling Card settings in Phone and Modem Options.

Open Phone and Modem Options by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking Hardware and Sound, and then clicking Phone and Modem Options.

If you haven't opened Phone and Modem Options before, a dialog box will be displayed, prompting you to type your area code and access codes.

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General tab

Use this tab to specify the basic properties of your calling card: its name, the account number, and the personal identification number (PIN).

Picture of the General tab in the New Calling Card dialog box
The General tab in the New Calling Card dialog box

The following table describes the options on the General tab in the New Calling Card dialog box.

Control
Description

Calling card name

Provides space to type a unique name that you will recognize in the calling card list. The name can be as descriptive as you like, up to 127 characters. (This name will appear in the list on the Calling Card tab of the New or Edit Location page.)

Account number

Provides space to type the account number you got from your calling card provider.

Personal identification number (PIN)

Provides space to type the PIN you got from your calling card provider.

Calling card details

Lists the types of calls supported by this calling card. You can change them by providing information on the Long Distance, International, or Local Calls tabs. Until you provide the information for a certain call type, that call type will not appear in this list.

Long Distance, International, and Local Calls tabs

These tabs allow you to specify the way a call to a destination number is handled. Each tab allows the same kind of configuration for each of the call types supported. An example of one of the tabs is shown below.

Picture of the Long Distance tab in the New Calling Card dialog box
The Long Distance tab in the New Calling Card dialog box

The following table describes the options on the Long Distance, International, and Local Calls tabs in the New Calling Card dialog box.

Control
Description

Access number

Provides space to enter the access number (the phone number you must dial to access the calling card provider’s network). In some cases, it's a short sequence of numbers; in other cases, it's a full phone number.

Calling card dialing steps

Displays the steps to take when someone makes a call using this calling card. To provide the information, select each step of the call from the buttons below the list. To reorder the list, select a step in the list, and then click the Move Up or Move Down button. To remove a step, select it, and then click Delete.

Move up

Moves the selected step up one position toward the top of the list.

Move down

Moves the selected step down one position toward the bottom of the list.

Delete

Removes the selected step from the list.

Access number

Inserts the access number into the dialing steps list. The access number is displayed in the text box at the top of the screen.

Account number

Inserts the account number into the dialing steps list. The account number is displayed on the General tab.

PIN

Inserts the PIN into the dialing steps list. The PIN is displayed on the General tab.

Destination number

Inserts the number you are dialing into the dialing steps list. This number is supplied by whatever TAPI-enabled program you use to dial the modem. For example, you can use Network and Sharing Center to create remote network connections using a dial-up modem. The phone number of the remote network is supplied as part of the definition of that network connection. This button tells the dialing process where that number should be used.

Wait for prompt

You can choose one of the following options:

  • Wait for a dial tone. The modem continues dialing as soon as it detects the tone on the phone line.

  • Wait for a voice message to complete. The modem continues dialing after the phone line goes quiet for a short period.

  • Wait for a specific length of time. Specifies the number of seconds that dialing must pause.

Specify digits

If your calling card provider requires you to enter any other digits (including the * and # keys) during the dialing process, you can create a step and specify those digits.