By Alok Saboo on December 20th, 2010
While two way (or three way) calls offered by traditional telecom or VoIP provider is great for the most part, one often feels the need to communicate with a larger group. Whether you want to communicate with your entire team or you want to chat with your family over Christmas, conference calls are an important tool for both enterprise and retail users. We have already covered a few ways for you to enjoy unlimited free conference calls (or read here about FreeMagicConference). However, the ones we covered in the past were fairly simple and did not offer anything other than the most basic conferencing facility. Today, we look at another FREE but slightly more sophisticated and feature rich conferencing solution that should please both retail and enterprise users – FreeConferenceCall.
Getting Started with FreeConferenceCall
FreeConferenceCall provides an easy-to-use conferencing platform. All you need to get started is an email address, where your conference details (access code and dial-in numbers) will be emailed. Just go to the registration page and enter your Name and email address and you will be on track to make free conference calls. Please note that unlike a lot of other free conferencing services, FreeConferenceCall provides services in Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, Romania, and Switzerland.
Depending on which country you choose at the time of registration, you will get the dial-in number for that country. Once you sign-up, you will see your account details and instructions to use the system.
How to use FreeConferenceCall
Once you have registered, you are all ready to get started. Like any other conference service, the host and the participants need to know the dial-in number and the Access code. You can use the Invite feature inside your account to email the conference details to the participants.
Please note that there can be a maximum of 96 participants per call, which should be more than sufficient for most purposes. Also, each conference call can last for a maximum of 6 hours, but there is no limit on the number of hours of conferencing per month.
During the call, you can use *5 to mute all callers (lecture mode), if you experience static or feedback. Individual participants can use *6 to mute/un-mute their lines.
Another useful feature is the ability to record your conference calls. At anytime during the call, the host can start recording the call using *9. The conference recordings are available inside your account. You can download the same for your reference.
FreeConferenceCall is a very useful and decently feature rich conferencing platform. It has all the features that individuals and small businesses may require. Notable feature that is missing is (as expected) toll-free dial-in numbers. Also, the system is PSTN based and hence you cannot access the conference bridge using a VoIP service. For demanding users, there are no conference analytics or security restrictions. Demanding users would like Anveo’s sophisticated conferencing solution.
Despite these limitations, FreeConferenceCall is a great option for many of us. I have used the service and had no problems with getting started or using it. The call quality is exactly what you would expect on a PSTN network. For a FREE service, there is nothing to complain…
If you are already using FreeConferenceCall or any other conferencing solution, please share your experiences…