Are Free Conference Calls
Conference calling is widely used for business
conferences and for entertainment alike. It is now
offered be many service providers at a relatively low
price. However, you may rightly wonder: can you make
completely free conference calls?
The answer is: yes!
Teleconference companies now offer packages where the
basic service is free and you only have to pay
for more advanced options. A free conference call
service means that you can use toll-free dial-in
numbers which you get for a very low price, or that
you only pay for the telephone connection, while
the service is completely free, and it usually has additional
features. The possibilities are almost endless. You
can make free conference calls between your different
offices and departments, no matter where you are at the
Extra features for free!
Some service providers even offer extra features as
no-payment options. For example, some conferencing
companies let you record free conference calls
besides the no-payment call option. Not only is the
recording service free, it can be reached from a phone or
computer, with no downloading costs. You can share, save
or even send recordings to your listeners via podcast.
With some services, you can make unlimited 7/24 audio
conference calls any time. You only have to pay for
extra services such as calling an 800 number or letting
more participants talk. You just need to visit the
service provider's website and register for a recording
No-payment conferences via the Net
There are web-based free conference calling services
that you can use immediately after signing up for a user
account. This online interface allows you to schedule and
manage free conferences from any Web browser, without the
help of an operator. However, you have to pay for the
extra features like transcription, downloading, conference
recording and playback.
With a free conference call service, you do not even
need a user account or give any information
regarding your conference, such as date and time, number
of participants, dial-in number, etc. Everyone who calls
the same Dial-in Number and enters the same Participant
Access Code will be able to join the conference.
Conference call options based on VoIP are also generally
free. For such a free conference call service, you only
need to purchase a device which works just like your
regular phone, but has more calling features. However, you
don't have to pay for the VoIP-based application.
Common features of free services
For your information, here is a list of features commonly
offered by a free conference service:
- Entirely Digital Lines
- Unlimited Conference Duration
- Free recording and retrieving
- Fully reservationless
- No computer or internet needed
- Call from any telephone line
Beware! Even if there are really free conference
calling services, when you want to choose a new service,
you need to check the rates carefully. Some companies
offer the first few minutes for free, and then they charge
you with a hidden fee. Always remember to check
all conditions offered by a service which claims to
be completely free.