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Are there viable alternatives to PowWowNow?

It’s often said that big risk brings big rewards. The business world is one in which courage and innovation are particularly valued. Stories are rife about entrepreneurs who pushed boundaries, staged Jerry Maguire-esque walk-outs or resolutely ignored all advice and conventions. In fact, such stories often relate to some of the biggest names out there. There are even Harvard scientists who say being a rebel is a key characteristic of leaders, while so-called ‘troublemakers’ are deemed prime candidates to become entrepreneurs in adult life. You could easily move outside your comfort zone today by considering the alternatives to PowWowNow.

Are there benefits to opting for alternatives to PowWowNow?

It’s a simple (and important question). Why even look at alternatives to PowWowNow if making the change won’t reap any rewards?

But the simple question has an equally simple (and important) answer, and it’s a pretty decisive one: Yes. There are huge benefits to choosing a different conference call provider.

These are nameley the huge savings you could make. And who would ever turn down a bit of extra dough?

If you’re not keen on paying through the roof in call charges there are conference call services that are much kinder on your phone bill.

How could alternatives to PowWowNow save you money?

To keep on the theme of very simple answers, PowWowNow offers no truly free option. To an extent, WHYPAY? was born – and named – from this lack. If there’s no need to pay, why would you?

To establish this line of argument, we should think about the options you have with PowWowNow. It can be a little difficult to get really definitive answers on this, as the website doesn’t include all the details on pricing and plans. But for basic teleconferencing, this is what we could gather.

Dial-in numbers count

A really important aspect of browsing alternatives to PowWowNow is considering different providers’ dial-in numbers. These can be key determinants in how much you and your participants pay. They’re just the telephone numbers you dial to join the call. Therefore, they can have service charges and connection fees.

PowWowNow offers three types of dial-in numbers, according to how much you’re willing to pay in subscription fees.

First there’s the shared cost numbers. These are 0844 numbers, which have both a service charge and an access charge. The access charge goes to your phone company, and they set it. The service charge goes directly to PowWowNow. If you’re on PowWowNow’s basic plan, you and all of your participants will be dialling these expensive numbers, and paying the price in your phone bills.

If you sign up to Pro, Pro International, Premium or Extra, you can also get geographic numbers. These are theoretically cheaper than service numbers, as they don’t have the heftier access charges to the phone company. In fact, most phone companies include calls to geographic numbers within bundled minutes. However, PowWowNow still adds its own fee to these calls. Hosts will bear the brunt of the cost, paying PowWowNow’s per-minute fee for all Host and Guest minutes.

Then there are the Freephone numbers available to PowWowNow’s Premium and Extras customers. These are always free for Guests to call from a mobile number. The Host will still have high expenses though, paying for their own minutes and their Guests’.

In short, there’s no way to host a PowWowNow conference call for free.

Is there a different way to do things?

This is why thinking outside the box is so important! If you just accept the status quo, you won’t realise that there is another way.

All WHYPAY? teleconferences are accessed using an 03 number. According to Ofcom rulings, these must be charged in the same way as geographic numbers. As mentioned above, they’re typically deducted from your inclusive minutes. As such, they’re essentially free for most UK callers.

The difference between WHYPAY? and PowWowNow is that we don’t add our own fee. In fact, WHYPAY? charges nothing for its service. If you opt for the free plan, you won’t be paying us a penny. The only cost would be that of calling a standard UK landline – again, usually 0p!

It’s this outside-the-box thinking that means we can offer such staggering savings to our users. In March 2020 alone, these savings racked up to £4,358,036! And if you want to know how we work that out, we’ve explained our calculations here.

 

Thinking ouside the box pays – but cockiness doesn’t

Thinking outside the box, daring to rethink the rules, and having the courage in your convictions to follow through even when you’re told ‘no’ are clearly valuable qualities. Humility has its place too, though. That same Harvard professor’s explanations also draw from the Zen Buddhist philosophy ‘sho shin’, which refers to the idea of having a beginner’s mind. It’s been usefully laid out by Suzuki Roshi, a monk, in the iconic text Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind. Considering yourself an expert can actually be damaging to how you conduct business. People get comfortable and complacent. Their thinking ceases to be fresh, they stop pushing boundaries, they don’t look for new opportunities or resources because ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’.

And this is can be a truly fatal pitfall. It can have dire consequences for you, your business, and your customers. That’s not to say this philosophy only applies to business: even within the charitable sector, many are all too ready to remain in the comfortably familiar. This has led to the sector’s infamous failure to keep up with technological developments.

 

What’s this got to do with alternatives to PowWowNow?

You might be asking yourself what any of this has to do with PowWowNow or conference calls. But we use lots of tools for communication and there are lots of providers out there. The pitfalls of sticking with what you know rather than branching out to a potentially better option apply to conference call solutions too.

There are a small number of extremely popular conference call services in the UK, and many businesses stick with the same service (such as PowWowNow) for years. Given how integral conference calling is to businesses, this is both logical and absurd.

On the one hand, it makes sense to fall into a safe pattern with something that you’re doing every day – and for many, teleconferencing is a daily occurrence, particularly if they work remotely or travel for work.

On the other, surely something that is so pivotal to your company needs to be the best it can. So why just accept the standard option rather than researching the best conference call providers? Why not consider alternatives to PowWowNow or one of the other big providers?

 

What does PowWowNow offer?

PowWowNow’s popularity is doubtless in part thanks to the familiarity of its name. It inspires trust. People know what they’re getting. But like any communication tool that ultimately costs money to use, it’s always worth understanding and weighing up the alternatives.

The teleconference provider offers a free PIN service with unlimited talk time and guests. For £10 a month, you’ll get video and web conferencing, call recording, and an 03 conference number. Remember, though, the Host will still be paying an extra fee to PowWowNow for every minute of every participants’ call.

How does it compare to WHYPAY?’s paid plans?

While WHYPAY?’s free plan seems to have the edge over PowWowNow’s, the paid option also comes in at less than half the price. WHYPAY?’s Plus plan is just £4 per month, whereas PowWowNow’s cheapest paid option is more than twice that, at £10.

Likewise, our pricier option is just £8/month. PowWowNow’s is £16. And to ensure nobody pays for features they don’t need, WHYPAY? offers optional boosters. Those requiring lots of rooms and participants can opt to supersize their selected package.

And if you’re particularly keen to make use of functions like screen-sharing, don’t dismiss WHYPAY?. Remember that there are free screen-sharing tools available, which you can easily use whilst on a free WHYPAY? teleconference.

Is WHYPAY? a viable alternative to PowWowNow?

We think so! Weighing up PowWowNow’s offerings against WHYPAY?’s certainly suggests it, too. You need only cast your eye over WHYPAY?’s free and paid plans.

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Custom branding

As an alternative to PowWowNow, WHYPAY? also boasts some extras in its paid plans. Custom branding lets you tailor your callers’ experience to reflect your company. You can upload a custom welcome greeting, which can be professionally recorded for a one-off £85 fee, and select your waiting music.

Nothing to lose and plenty to gain

Trying out WHYPAY? as your new conference call provider doesn’t require any kind of sacrifice. Whether you want simple, hassle-free and zero cost conference calls, or have larger-scale teleconferencing needs, WHYPAY? has you covered. And with a stellar Trustpilot profile, your claims to be taking any kind of risk are rapidly dwindling… We have thousands of happy customers who can’t believe how simple, reliable, clear and affordable WHYPAY? truly is. We want to restore your faith that exciting things needn’t always be too good to be true.

Just listen to how pleased our users are.

Kathy is keen to emphasise our reliability and trustworthiness, and how great the service is for charities and non-profits:

Delivers exactly what is promised. Great, reliable service, deliver exactly what they claim. Great for our not-for-profit business and sector.

Mike loves the reliability, too, as well as how easy WHYPAY? is to use:

Simple to set up and delivers a very reliable service.

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