Your international participants have a few options for joining conference calls. You can give callers a toll-free conference call number and pick up their costs entirely or give them a local geographic number where each can dial their own country specific numbers. The choice is yours mix and match as needed for each of your callers, in any situation.
No matter what industry or department you work in, if you need to meet quickly and collaborate with others, there is a conference call solution available for you. We can help you find the perfect combination of toll-free conference call services and web conferencing solutions. With Conference Call as your partner in business communications, you can reduce travel costs, have more efficient teams and create better ways to work virtually. Adding visual features to your meetings increase employee and customer participation, improve productivity and encourage collaboration. Show presentations, share applications and documents and meet participants face-to-face with desktop video. Create a personalized meeting experience with our web conferencing services.
A conference call is a telephone call in which someone talks to several people at the same time. The conference calls may be designed to allow the called party to participate during the call, or the call may be set up so that the called party merely listens into the call and cannot speak. It is sometimes called ATC (audio tele-conference).
Conference calls can be designed so that the calling party calls the other participants and adds them to the call; however, participants are usually able to call into the conference call themselves by dialing a telephone number that connects to a "conference bridge" (a specialized type of equipment that links telephone lines).
Companies commonly use a specialized service provider who maintains the conference bridge, or who provides the phone numbers and PIN codes that participants dial to access the meeting or conference call.
The more limited three-way calling is available (usually at an extra charge) on home or office phone lines. For a three-way call, the first called party is dialed. Then the hook flash button (or recall button) is pressed and the other called party's phone number is dialed. While it is ringing, flash/recall is pressed again to connect the three people together. This option allows callers to add a second outgoing call to an already connected call.
Businesses use conference calls daily to meet with remote parties, both internally and outside of their company. Common applications are client meetings or sales presentations, project meetings and updates, regular team meetings, training classes and communication to employees who work in different locations. Conference calling is viewed as a primary means of cutting travel costs and allowing workers to be more productive by not having to go out-of-office for meetings.