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Specify a long distance carrier

Updated: October 14, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 7

You can use this procedure to configure Windows to always dial your chosen long distance carrier, rather than using the default carrier, for specified types of phone calls.

Any user account can be used to complete this procedure.

  1. Click Start, click in the Search text box, and then type TELEPHON.CPL and press ENTER. The Phone and Modem dialog box opens.

  2. In the Phone and Modem dialog box, on the Dialing Rules tab, click New.

  3. On the General tab, type a Location name to identify the long distance carrier, and specify the Country/region, Area code, and any Dialing rules.

  4. On the Calling Card tab, click New, and then on the General tab, in Calling card name, type a name to identify the calling card, such as the name of the long distance carrier.

  5. On the Long Distance tab and the International tab, in the access number box, type the number for the corresponding long distance carrier.

  6. On the Long Distance tab and the International tab, in Calling card dialing steps, click Access Number, and then complete the additional steps required by your carrier for dialing long distance and international calls.

  7. On the Local Calls tab, leave Access number for local calls blank, unless an access number is required, and then in Calling card dialing steps, enter the steps for dialing local calls.

    To dial only the local phone number, click Destination Number, and clear the Dial the area code check box.

  8. Click OK to save the new calling card.

  9. On the Calling Card tab, in Card Types, make sure that the new calling card is selected to be used with the location you want, and then click OK.

  10. Under Locations, leave this location selected if you want this to be the default long distance carrier for Windows, and then click OK.

  • You can also access the Phone and Modem Options dialog box from the Properties page of any of your dial-up connections. On the General tab, select the Use dialing rules check box, and then click Dialing Rules.

  • This procedure specifies long distance carrier (also called the long distance operator) numbers required for domestic or international long distance calling. This procedure is not normally required to use the default domestic and international long distance operators for a country/region. The country/region selection for a location normally enables programs to use the default numbers.

  • The location selected on the Dialing Rules tab of Phone and Modem Options is the default location for dialing. If you create more than one location, some Windows allow you to choose a different location before dialing.

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