9 Comments

Summary:

If you are looking for on demand, toll-free conference call services, look no further. FreeConference announced this week that they now offer On-Demand Reservationless Toll Free Premium 800 service. FreeConference has been offering free teleconferencing services for years. Their free packages, Web-Scheduled Standard and Reservationless Standard, […]

FreeConferenceIf you are looking for on demand, toll-free conference call services, look no further. FreeConference announced this week that they now offer On-Demand Reservationless Toll Free Premium 800 service.

FreeConference has been offering free teleconferencing services for years. Their free packages, Web-Scheduled Standard and Reservationless Standard, required all participants using a toll number to dial-in. I’ve used their service many times in the past, as call organizer or participant, and other than paying for the call, it is pretty much a no-brainer.

The company’s original Premium 800 service required scheduling the call, whereas the new “reservationless” package can be set up instantly.

With their new offering, participants call into a 1-800 number and the charge for the reservationless service is 10 cents per minute per user. Add-ons to the package include free conference call recording ($9/month for Web-Scheduled Standard and not offered with Reservationless Standard), 24-hour access that is automated and doesn’t require an operator to set up or connect the call, and toll free customer service.

Calls on the fee-based packages can last up to five hours. Web-Scheduled Standard is maxed at four hours, Reservationless Standard at three.

Global Conference Partners, the company behind FreeConference, will soon be rolling out “On-Demand Reservationless desktop sharing” to add to their suite of conferencing tools.

While many people still turn to teleconferencing via the telephone, there are so many Web-based options out there that provide viable alternatives. I’ll be taking a look at some of the newer Web-based conferencing apps in an upcoming post.

You’re subscribed! If you like, you can update your settings

  1. Marcin Grodzicki Thursday, July 3, 2008

    Isn’t it a bit late to make services like that? I understand that not everyone uses Skype, but it surelly is the easiest way to set up a conf call. And we have more and more web-based alternatives, that really make it a no-brainer. Why pay for the calls then?

  2. Aliza Sherman Thursday, July 3, 2008

    I have to admit, I just set up another FreeConference call yesterday because not everyone on the call had – or was prepared to download – Skype.

    What seems like a no-brainer to us (free VoiP) is just not to many people. And you and I are so used to free calls but many people don’t even bat an eye when you say “pay for a long distance call” because it is familiar.

    And in terms of Skype being the easiest way to set up a conference call- that is ONLY if everyone already has Skype. Getting Skype onto a computer and working with one’s computer camera is not easy for everyone, especially if they aren’t used to troubleshooting software and peripherals. I found the set up easy on my Macbook but had a heck of a time getting it set up on my PC laptop.

  3. I still use dial-in numbers at least once or twice a week and I believe I’m the only one on these calls who uses Voip to dial in. Many people prefer hard lines over voip because of the reliability, and then you get some people who dial in from their car, airport etc. so Skype’s conference call feature hasn’t been that useful for me. I guess I’m a minority on this site though.

  4. @Shiq, no, you’re in the minority by a long shot. We have many conference calls a week and they are always with dial-in numbers. Every time we try to use Skype or other VOIP, there’s always at least one person where the call quality is so bad, it doesn’t work.

  5. Bob Wartell Friday, July 4, 2008

    Thanks for this information. I have been looking for any easy and inexpensive conference provider for an organization I belong to. Some of the members are computer illiterate, but I think most of them know how to use phones.

  6. One problem is that some phone companies apparently block calls into these free conference call services. A Federal regulation requires that phone companies pay the rural phone companies that many free conference call services use.

    People on our team that use certain cell phone companies and VoIP companies have been blocked from dialing in. We’re still trying to identity which free conference call services our team can connect to.

  7. WebWorkerDaily » Archive Web Work 101: 10 Apps You Can’t Do Without « Sunday, March 1, 2009

    [...] Calliflower [...]

  8. Web Work 101: 10 Apps You Can’t Do Without « mensonblog Monday, March 2, 2009

    [...] Calliflower [...]

  9. Web Work 101: 10 Apps You Can’t Do Without — Redux Monday, April 12, 2010

    [...] Calliflower [...]

Comments have been disabled for this post