Telephones and Voicemail

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What Is It?

Telephones and Voicemail are a part of our Unified Communications solution that allows users to make and receive calls on a phone or a Windows or Mac computer, as well as receive voicemail messages via email or audio playback.

Other Service Names

VoIP, Phone Service


Analog (Centrex) Phones

  • This system allows telephone calls and telecommunications to be conducted over traditional analog circuitry


  • All VoIP phones come with a standard set of features such as caller ID, web-enabled voicemail, customizable ring type, and a web portal that allows users to program speed dials and other features of their phones such as call forwarding
  • As of October 1, 2023, new phone requests are fulfilled with Cisco Jabber Softphones.
    On Oct. 1, Technology Solutions began providing Cisco Jabber softphones as the primary communication tool for new phone requests until units have transitioned to Zoom Phone. While not as powerful as Zoom Phone, Jabber softphone is a versatile solution that enables voice and video communication through a computer. This change encourages a more sustainable and efficient communication environment by reducing the need for physical phones during this transition period.


  • Make and receive calls using your UIC phone number, on your Windows or Mac computer.


  • Virtual voicemail with web access and email integration.

TDD/TTY Special Devices

  • TDD/TTY Devices may be requested. Technology Solutions will order and install a new device at the current installation rate. Any maintenance of TDD/TTY devices is the responsibility of the requesting unit. Note there is a $75.00 one-time charge for a TDD/TTY device (price is subject to change).
  • For resources on these devices, please review:


For Requestors

A university C-FOAPAL account is required to submit requests. Clients should coordinate with their unit's Business Manager to obtain this number.

For Contractors

Who Is Eligible To Use It?

  • Faculty
  • Students
  • Staff

Where Can I Get It?

Select the Add a Telephone, Move/Change Telephone/Voicemail, Remove a Telephone, or Request a Softphone button on this page to request work for a single phone. For larger requests, select the Request Bulk Telephone Changes button.

How Much Does It Cost?

This service is Self-Supported, and the costs will be confirmed with you. You can also review What are UIC's telephone rates, stipulations, and services offered?

How Can I Get Support?

If you are experiencing a problem with this service, please report it. If you just have a question, feel free to ask us.

Service Levels

Service Request Fulfillment Time 3 business days
Incident Resolution Time 1 business day
Service Availability 24x7
Maintenance Window(s) Approved Technology Solutions maintenance window(s)
Service Notification Channel(s) IT Service Notices
Add a Telephone Request a Softphone Remove a Telephone Move/Change Telephone/Voicemail Access Unity Voicemail Request Bulk Telephone Changes Request Centrex Voicemail Transition Submit Zoom Phone Question/Feedback

Related Articles (6)

You can forward calls from your VOIP phone without needing to be on campus.
Explains how someone can make a conference call
This article explains how a person can send incoming calls the their VoIP voicemail
Below are instructions on using UIC's analog (non-VoIP) voicemail system.
One data jack can support four analog phone lines, or unlimited VoIP phone lines.
If you are on the Asterisk voicemail system, you can submit a request for your PIN to be reset. If you are on the new Unity voicemail system, you can reset your PIN on your own, through the Unity web portal.


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Service Offerings (8)

Telephone Add
New phone lines and physical phones can be requested here.
Make and receive calls using your UIC phone number, on your Windows or Mac computer.
Telephone Removal
Telephone disconnection and removal can be requested here.
Telephone/Voicemail Move/Change
Changes to existing phone lines, physical phones, and voicemail boxes can be requested here.
The voicemail system answers telephone calls when campus members are away or unavailable.
Telephone Bulk Changes
On occasion, there is a need for a larger-scale request to move/add/change more than one telephone. In these cases, our professional team will work with you to confirm your exact scope needs and provide the cost estimate to complete the request.
Analog Voicemail Transition
As of December 2022, the voicemail system for analog (Centrex) phone lines is no longer available. If you are currently using a Centrex phone line and have a continued need for voicemail service, you will need to be transitioned to our modern Voice-over-IP (VoIP) phone system.
Zoom Phone Transition Feedback/Questions
Please use this page to submit your questions/feedback related to the university's transition to Zoom Phone. Prior to submitting questions, please review our project page and frequently asked questions article ( ).