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Open source Google Voice with Receptionist abilities

Betty (or Ben for the ones who prefer a male receptionist) is your own customizable receptionist, to forward call and messages to your team anywhere in the world. It's particularly useful if your organization is operating in the US, but based in another countries.

Betty is easy to setup and build on top of Twilio and Node.js, it doesn't necessitate a database (stateless). It can be deployed to Heroku or any unix server.


What Betty can do?

One phone number for all your organization

Betty is running on top of one or more phone numbers that represent your organization.

Forward call to available team members

When receiving a call, Betty will forward it to an available team member.

Forward text messages to team members

Like calls, when receiving an SMS, Betty will forward it to all of your team members, the first one to answer will start a session with this caller, he can after that stop the conversation by sending betty: stop.

Makes it easy for your employee to pass phone calls from the organization

When a team member is calling Betty, he/she can ask to be put in touch with a specific number, Betty will dial the number and forward the call to you.

This also works for text messages, simply text Betty with betty: Call +140145170479 or betty: Text +140145170479.

Phone directory for your team members

A team member can also contact Betty to get access to the organization directory (using phone call or sms). For example, just text Betty with: betty: What is Aaron's phone number?.

Web Dashboard

Betty is providing a nice dashboard to manage calls, messages and voicemail. You can pass calls and send SMS right from your browser.


The Receptionists Team


Betty can be configured to use another profile (voice, language, sentences, etc.). Change your receptionist by changing the PROFILE environment variable (see below).

ID Name Voice Language
betty Betty woman (alice) en-us
ben Ben man en-us
catherine Catherine woman (alice) fr


Deploy Betty on your own machine using:

# Install Betty using NPM
$ npm install betty-cli -g

# Configure it
$ export TEAM=Samy:+140145170479,Aaron:+147145670479

# And finally start it
$ betty

Create a TwiML application with the following urls and associated it to a phone number:

* Voice
   * Request URL: {host}/twiml/call
   * Fallback URL: {host}/twiml/call/fallback
   * Request URL: {host}/twiml/sms
   * Fallback URL: {host}/twiml/sms/fallback


Configuration is set using environment variables:

Name Description
PORT Port for running the application (Default is 3000)
HOST Hostname where the application is accessible
SECRET Password for authentication in the dashboard and api
PROFILE Receptionist profile to use
PHONES List of phone numbers used by Betty separated by commas
ORG_NAME Name of the organization
TEAM Comma separated list of team members in the format name:phone, example TEAM=Samy:+15674895678,Aaron:+15674995678
TWILIO_SID API Application SID for Twilio
TWILIO_TOKEN API Application Token for Twilio
TWILIO_APPID SID of your TwiML application


Betty provides a REST API with the same features that the dashboard:

Details about Betty and your account (balance, usages)
GET /api/account

List team members:
GET /api/team

List calls:
GET /api/calls

Details about a specific call:
GET /api/calls/<id>

List SMS
GET /api/sms

List Recordings
GET /api/recordings
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