Eons ago I offered up some ways to teleconference for free. Since a year and a half is a long time in the tech world, it’s time for an update.
Of the three free teleconferencing services I wrote about back in January 2006, all are still in business and still offering free teleconferencing. But I don’t use any of them anymore because I was looking for more features without more cost. For general free conference calling, FreeConference is still a useful service and my faculty department uses it for our telephone meetings.
I look for these features in a free teleconferencing service:
- My own 24/7 on-demand dial-in number and PIN, which I can share with colleagues or clients any time I want.
- Ability to record the calls or parts of calls and download the recording—also without charge—for later use by me or others on the call.
- Easy teleconference call management from both my telephone dial-pad and my computer screen (mute, lock the call, attendee list, etc.).
- Reliable service with optic lines and good sound quality.
- Support for VOIP services like Skype, since more and more of my clients are using it.
For my mediation business, I had been using LiveOffice’s free teleconferencing, but they’ve now broken their relationship with the provider of the free portion of their services. There’s still a relative bargain to be had at LiveOffice with 8-cents-per-minute toll-free teleconferencing services, but why pay anything if I can get all that I need and good quality for free? Yep, my mum was a Scot and the thriftiness is showing!
For now, I’m continuing to use the free teleconferencing that used to be managed by LiveOffice and is now handled by the unfortunately-named Basement Ventures. It’s been an easy transition so far and the features meet my criteria.
I also know a number of small business professionals in the service sector who use NoCostConference contentedly. It seems feature rich as well, though I’ve not tried it.
Do you use a free teleconferencing service you like? Or have you used NoCostConference and have some comments on the experience? I’d love to learn of more options and hope you’ll leave a comment to share.
Copyright © 2007 by Tammy Lenski.