A Quick Introduction to
Nowadays people on various points of the globe often
have to be at meetings far away from where they are at
the moment. You often have to talk to more people in
another city or country before you make quick decisions,
but you don’t always have the money or time to travel.
Imagine a situation where your colleagues from different
cities have to be at a sales meeting or you have to
present your company’s results to investors. In such
situations, teleconferencing or audio
conferencing can be very helpful.
With this service, you can talk to many people at the
same time, and make important decisions or solve problems
in a few days or hours. Through teleconference services,
you can connect more people - even hundreds of them –
together, while you don’t have to spend too much on
But how can you decide which service is the best for you?
There are two common types of teleconference services:
reservationless and operator-assisted teleconferencing,
but more and more people are using web conferencing as
With a reservationless teleconferencing service, you can
start a teleconference any hour of the day if, for
example, you want to contact more people who are in a
different city or country. By signing up, you get a
permanent telephone number for free, and a code for
yourself and the others. Your partners can simply dial in
and connect to the conference. Reservationless
teleconferencing is mostly automatic, therefore it is much
cheaper than operator-assisted conferencing, but at the
same time it is also less „clever”.
With operator-assisted teleconferencing, you have an
operator who helps you with the calls all the way from
beginning to end. It is very useful if you want to bring
together dozens or even thousands of people to make a
meeting. Take care, though: operator-assisted
teleconference services are more expensive, and you will
have to sign up in advance.
Many people nowadays use web conferencing. There are many
businesses who offer this service. In a web conference,
you can share slides with others, surf through web sites
or show how a software works. However, today in a web
conference you can only bring a small group of people
together. Things are changing, though. Some businesses,
like Skype, are starting to offer free web conference
services, and this type of conferencing is developing
almost day by day.
You usually use teleconference services for one
conference at a time. For most services, you can easily
switch to another teleconferencing company without risk,
so you don’t need to make long-time contracts.
For teleconference calls, you mostly pay for every person
and every minute that you use. Nowadays prices are much
lower than even a few years ago. For example, a
teleconference for six people that lasts 45 minutes costs
about $125. You can also pay a fixed monthly rate if you
want to use teleconference services regularly.
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