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5 reasons to make more conference calls in 2020

New years have always brought resolutions. But often, we resolve not to do something. Or at least to cut back on certain habits or penchants. Instead, we propose taking a more positive outlook. We’re thinking about one great practice which you should aim to do more of in the coming year, rather than curtailing yourself. We’re talking, of course, of conference calling. There are so many amazing benefits to holding conference calls, and so many different ways of using them. Picking just five reasons to conference call more in 2020 is a tricky feat, but these are our biggest and best reasons to feed your teleconferencing habit.

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Showing our working: How we calculate how much you save on conference calls

Here at WHYPAY? we calculate how much money our users are saving on conference calls by comparing the cost of calling our 03 number (usually FREE) with the costs of calling 6 other popular conference providers in the UK.

Many alternative UK services provide a dial-in number that has a high per minute cost. WHYPAY? on the other hand provides a UK 03 dial-in number. The charges associated with an 03 number are the same as a bog-standard UK 01 or 02 number. This means calls are included in any free calls/minutes on ALL UK mobile and landline networks. Whether it’s unlimited daytime and evening minutes on a BT landline contract, or 4000 minutes per month on an EE mobile plan – calls to WHYPAY? must be included in your allowance.

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ElliotShowing our working: How we calculate how much you save on conference calls
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O2 conference call: how to make a conference call from an O2 mobile

Making an O2 conference call couldn’t be easier. You don’t need to worry about how to merge calls with O2, or any fiddly O2 conference call set-up. You don’t even need to worry about O2 conference call charges if you choose the right provider. Look for a conference call service like WHYPAY? which offers 03 dial-in numbers, and you can make O2 conference calls using your bundled minutes.

Conference calls have almost infinite uses. A lot of people might associate them just with the world of business. But this is a total misconception, and one which could mean missing out on the benefits conference calling offers outside of business. Part of the problem might be that people don’t realise how accessible conference calls can be, whether from an O2 mobile or any other network.

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Setting up face-to-face meetings with a dial-in option

Lots of people are interested in setting up face to face meetings with a dial-in option. And we really aren’t surprised. Here at WHYPAY?, we know how wonderful team work is. There are plenty of worn-out clichés to back us up. ‘Two heads are better than one’, you know. And ‘the more the merrier’. Plus, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Forget the one about the broth – ours is always top notch. That’s why we believe finding ways to bring brilliant minds together should be a top priority. When it comes to creating your dream team, you shouldn’t have to compromise.

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UK conference call facilities: How to avoid hidden call costs

There are so many conference call facilities out there, it can be difficult to choose. In fact, the choice can be so overwhelming that people just stick to what they know. That’s why a lot of callers don’t even look beyond renowned services like PowWowNow, despite there being great alternatives. Luckily, there are helpful guides which look at which are the best conference call services in the UK and how to set up genuinely free conference calls. Despite these tips, though, many people are still shocked. Suddenly, hidden costs that weren’t apparent as they browsed different conference call facilities appear. To help spare you this unpleasant and unfair surprise, so that you can teleconference to your heart’s content, read on. In this post, we’ll help you avoid the call costs some conference call facilities hide.

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The free conference call business model: How can it be free?

A lot of people have (very valid) questions about the free conference call business model. It’s not surprising people are curious. Conference calling is part and parcel of daily life – and not just in business. That such a powerful and ubiquitous tool should be free can seem quite remarkable for two reasons.

Firstly, we tend to associate value with cost (pretty logically). How can something that’s simple enough to be free be so useful? Actually, it’s in part the fact that they can be free that makes them so valuable for many demographics. For example, free conference calling allows charities to maintain internal and external communications without eating into their budgets. That means they can do even more good, and foster collaborations with other organisations. At the same time, they aren’t having to use funds that could be put to researching how best to achieve their philanthropic goals, or hiring talented people who can help them do so. Likewise, free NHS conference calls mean telecommunications aren’t using up money that should be put to treating people.

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Teleconference Options: Find your perfect solution

By now, we all know how useful conference calls can be, and how they can benefit your business. Given how powerful this simple communications tool is, it’s extremely popular. Plus, as we all try to do our bit to protect the planet, cutting down on commutes is a growing priority.

There are now lots of different teleconference bridges to choose from. Trying to pick from a bunch of teleconference options can become a bit tricky. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by choice, answer the questions below to find which teleconference option is the best fit for you. For those who already know they want to use free conference calls, there are still lots of teleconference options. To get you started, you can look at our round-up of the best free conference call services in the UK.

 1. What is more important to you as you consider teleconference options:
a) reliability and accessibility, or b) sophisticated collaboration tools?

a) reliability and accessibility

Every teleconference is unique, and has its own set of needs. That’s why it’s so great that there are so many teleconference options! The features you’ll want will depend massively on the purpose of the call, and on its participants. If your call is for a simple debrief after an event, or a weekly update with your team, you might not need a lot of fancy tools. You might essentially just be talking, but all or some of your team want to work remotely.

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How to dial into a conference call using Skype

In short, it is possible to dial into a conference call using Skype. Your method will vary depending on whether or not everybody on the call uses Skype already. If they don’t, it’s a little trickier. But with Skype credits, you and your guests can still dial into a conference call using Skype!

At WHYPAY?, we know the versatility of conference calls. This is true in a few ways. One important aspect of teleconferencing’s adaptability is the many ways it’s accessible. That’s why a lot of people are curious about how to join a conference call on Skype. If you can access WHYPAY? teleconferences from a mobile or a landline, can you also dial in via Skype? After all, another component of teleconferencing’s versatility is the many alternative conference call providers out there. People want to find the path to teleconferencing that’s most convenient for them and their participants, and for some people, that means they want to dial into a conference call using Skype.

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Conference call number: Genuinely free & reliable options

When it comes to conference call numbers, there is lots of variety. We have the good fortune to be flooded with options in most areas of life, and telecommunications is no exception. There are loads of conference call providers, and different ways of hosting or joining teleconferences. Therefore, to simplify your decision, we try to gauge some of the best services available. Sometimes, it just takes a little nudge to even consider your options if your company has an established call conferencing technique. A lot of people don’t look at alternatives to PowWowNow, for example, because it’s always worked well enough. But if you’re looking for a phone number to dial into a conference call in a way that’s free, simple and reliable, WHYPAY? has you covered.

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The perfect conference call agenda: A template for your meetings

Meetings are the bedrock of most businesses’ day-to-day running, yet they’re often woefully mismanaged. There’s no doubt that collaboration and communication matter. So why are meetings frequently disorganised and poorly planned? Many people dread meetings like they do conference calls, thinking they’re just a waste of time. That can – and should – change though! With proper preparation, you can plan the perfect meeting. To get started, we’re helping you create the perfect template for your business meeting agenda.
 

Your business meeting agenda should come from a definable need

Before you even think about sketching a business meeting agenda, ask yourself: what key things are we try to achieve as a team? You do need to question why you are planning a meeting. What has made you think a meeting needs to take place?

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