Conference calling – Introduction:
With the tremendous increase in need of fast communication telephone calls have been the most commonly used medium. Weather it a local business or international issues communication is the most important part and live calling is the most appropriate one. This article is about conference call.
How conference calling works
A telephone call in which two persons are having communication and wishes to join another person which makes them three is called conference calling. This is also possible on internet as well as telephone.
Methods and Uses of Conference Calling:
There are many options like if a calling party likes to invite a person to only listen to the conference that the person may not speak. This is called ATC (Audio Tele-Conference).Apart from this it could also be possible that a calling party calls other person and adds them to the call however a person who wants to join are usually able to call into the conference call themselves with the help of code number assign to them for calling in such conference and for this a special type of equipment is used to link telephone lines. Large companies mostly use a service packages provided by telephone companies who maintains the conference mediums, or which provide phone numbers and PIN codes which are used by participants to dial when they want the meeting or conference.
There is one another calling service available in which the first person dial a number of a person to whom he wishes to talk to then the Hook flash button is pressed and another person’s phone number is dialed and while it is ringing flash or recall button is pressed again to connect three persons together. This technique is called Three-way calling and this option allow us to add a second outgoing call to an already connected call.
In day to day business conference calling is playing a vital role. As we all know in business many tasks are taking place at one time which require communication like client meeting, sales presentation, project meetings and updates, training classes, regular team meetings and communications to employees who working different locations. Conference calling allow workers to be more productive by sitting in office and call rather than going out to different offices for meeting. So this works as means of cutting travel costs. New kinds of patterns for interactions are introduced all over the work in field of social networking and pod casting. Larger audience access is possible as live streaming or broadcasting of conference calls is there. There is a dial-in number provided by organizers for audience members to use conference whenever they wish to interact.
This feature is also popular for entertainment and social purposes. On internet there are certain groups like yahoo, msn, g-mail, etc. who provide this service through which people have their accounts and can interact with new people or join their conference and be part of them wherever they want.
With the increase use of this technology many variations have been created in it. One of them is Flat rate service in which a user of conference call have unlimited access to it in a fix monthly rate just like a normal local telephone line in few countries. So this helps people to maintain their budgets and avail this facility.
Like monthly pay service there is also prepaid service available, this allows individuals to purchase conference calls online and pay according to how much you use. So this technology is providing many flexible services which make companies or even a single individual to utilize it according to their own requirements and needs. You can choose any medium you want for conference meeting weather its internet or telephone line.