How to enter a conference call phone number into a meeting invitation
I love my iPhone. I love that I can open meeting invitations on it and
that the meeting phone number is recognized and highlighted, so that, if
I touch it, the iPhone dials it for me. I love it even more if the
meeting organizer entered the next bit of information correctly. That
would be the conference access code. If entered correctly, the iPhone
either pauses for a couple seconds, then dials it, or the iPhone
displays a button (or maybe just the words - depends on the iOS version)
that says “Dial xxxxxxx#” (where “xxxxxxx#” is the conference access
code, which in this example ends with the pound/hash sign).
Trouble is, many users don’t know how to enter the phone information so
that the iPhone (and probably the Android, too) will work this way. The
way you do it is like one of these:
The n’s are the phone number. The x’s are the conference access code. In
the first example, they are separated by a comma, which causes the
phone to pause two seconds, then continue with the next string of
numerals. In the second example, they are separated by a semicolon,
which causes the phone to pause until you signal it to continue, which
you do, on my iPhone, by touching the words “Dial xxxxxxx#”.
This works with extensions too. And it works with successive strings.
For example, someone the other day told me that his phone number was
(xxx)xxx-xxxx, then dial 8, then dial 123. In my contact record for him,
I entered this: (xxx)xxx-xxxx,8,123
Here’s what people do that I hate, In the meeting invitation, they (oh, so helpfully) enter this sort of thing: