Ok I am stopping this conversation now. No political discussions.
If travel and conferences are political, we have a problem. This is basic travel discussion. Sure travel is political, everything is political at some point. But it's a very important part of the conference details.
Often sales people and management will ask, "How do I check my voicemail from outside?" I always recommend that they enable voicemail to email, but for those that want it, you can set up a silent option in the IVR.
What I mean by silent option is that you will add another option to the IVR, but you will not announce that option in the recorded audio.
Add another entry and choose the Destination category of Feature Code Admin and then select Dial Voicemail <*98>
Some people have reported issues using the PJSIP settings with VoIP.ms. I have been using it for months with no problems, but if you are having problems, then you can create a CHAN_SIP based trunk with no problems.
Additionally, your iPhone does not add a pause automatically. It adds a wait. A wait means you have to push a button to continue dialing. A pause will automatically continue dialing. Every single time I have updated a contact form email data it has added the wait and not a pause.
Mine is a pause, it's fully automatic when I've used it. It's only so often that it has come up, as I basically never call people, but when I've used it, it is 100% automated. I didn't even know the situation that you are running into could come up. Mine takes the number automatically and dials it, including the extension, automatically. At least it did in the past.
I've never even heard of this - of course it makes sense - using the pauses like JB mentions makes sense as long as the menu system doesn't change.
Bringing this full circle, the point is that you need a main DID for everyone to call into and get the operator, and then a second DID for everyone to call into and get the IVR directly so they can dial straight to the person.
No need for hundreds of DID.
If you have no operator, then your main number would just be the DID with the IVR.