What is IVR? Examples and benefits of IVR service.

What is IVR?

Interactive Voice Response (IVR) is a technology allowing humans to interact with phone systems through DTMF tones input via keypad, or by speech recognition.

Interactive Voice Response is not necessarily related to VoIP technology.

Examples and benefits

An example of IVR is when you call a company or business, and then you hear “press 1 for technical assistance, press 2 for sales support, press 0 to speak to the operator”.
After you make your choice, your call is routed to an extension/call queue, or, for example, a voice message is reproduced to you. Otherwise you enter an IVR submenu which offers more options that you can select.
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