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This function picks up a call alerting at the specified destination address and returns a call handle for the picked-up call. If invoked with NULL for the lpszDestAddress parameter, a group pickup is performed. If required by the device, the lpszGroupID parameter specifies the group identifier to which the alerting station belongs.

LONG WINAPI linePickup(
  HLINE hLine,
  DWORD dwAddressID,
  LPHCALL lphCall,
  LPCSTR lpszDestAddress,
  LPCSTR lpszGroupID 


Handle to the open line device on which a call is to be picked up.


Address on hLine at which the pickup is to be originated. An address identifier is permanently associated with an address; the identifier remains constant across operating system upgrades.


Pointer to a memory location where the handle to the picked up call is returned. The application is the initial sole owner of the call.


Pointer to a null-terminated character buffer that contains the address whose call is to be picked up. The address is in standard dialable address format.


Pointer to a null-terminated character buffer containing the group identifier to which the alerting station belongs. This parameter is required on some switches to pick up calls outside of the current pickup group.

The lpszGroupID parameter can be specified by itself with a NULL pointer for lpszDestAddress. Alternatively, lpszGroupID can be specified in addition to lpszDestAddress, if required by the device.

Returns a positive request identifier if the function is completed asynchronously, or a negative error number if an error occurs. The dwParam2 parameter of the corresponding LINE_REPLY message is zero if the function succeeds or it is a negative error number if an error occurs. The following table shows the return values for this function.

Value Description


The address is invalid.


Not enough memory is available.


The address identifier is invalid.


The operation is unavailable. With code division multiple access (CDMA), this function will fail if a call is currently in progress.

CDMA does not provide the necessary functionality to support the following TAPI functions:

Some cellular carriers provide equivalent functionality through the flash feature, which with TAPI 2.2 can be accessed with the lineGenerateDigits function. Because the exact flash sequences are controlled by the cellular providers, the application must be completely aware of the necessary codes implemented by the cellular providers.


The group identifier is invalid.


The operation failed.


The handle to the open line device is invalid.


The resources are unavailable.


The pointer is invalid.


A parameter is uninitialized.

When a call has been picked up successfully, the application is notified by the LINE_CALLSTATE message about call state changes. The LINECALLINFO structure supplies information about the call that was picked up. It lists the reason for the call as pickup. This structure is available using the lineGetCallInfo function.

If LINEADDRCAPFLAGS_PICKUPCALLWAIT is TRUE, linePickup can be used to pick up a call for which the user has audibly detected the call-waiting signal but for which the provider is unable to perform the detection. This gives the user a mechanism to answer a waiting call even though the service provider was unable to detect the call-waiting signal. Both lpszDestAddress and lpszGroupID pointer parameters must be NULL to pick up a call-waiting call. The linePickup function creates a new call handle for the waiting call and passes that handle to the user. The dwAddressID parameter is most often zero (particularly in single-line residential cases).

After linePickup has been used to pick up the second call, the lineSwapHold function can be used to toggle between them. The lineDrop function can be used to drop one (and toggle to the other), and so forth. If the user wants to drop the current call and pick up the second call, they should call lineDrop when they get the call-waiting beep, wait for the second call to ring, and then call the lineAnswer function on the new call handle. The LINEADDRFEATURE_PICKUP flag in the dwAddressFeatures member in LINEADDRESSSTATUS indicates when pickup is actually possible.

This function is for TAPI version 2.0 and later.

Windows Embedded CEWindows CE 1.0 and later
Windows MobileWindows Mobile Version 5.0 and later

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