How Can Conference Calls Be Free?

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Need a UK teleconference service? Avoid this common mistake…

When you’re looking for a teleconference service, there’s a lot to think about. And many of us certainly are on the look-out for the perfect teleconference provider. Conference calls are such valuable business tools, but they have all kinds of other uses beyond business, too. Anybody who has ever wanted to speak to more than one person at a time would find group phone calls beneficial. And in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, conference calls are earning the recognition as the wonderful tools they are. From fighting loneliness during self-quarantine, to continuing education through isolation, as well as helping people to work from home and religious services to run, conference calls are truly proving themselves. That’s why choosing the right teleconference service might be more important than ever. But too many people fall into the trap of incurring unexpected or unnecessary costs by choosing the wrong teleconference service.

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How much are conference call costs from a mobile?

Lots of people are curious about how much a conference call costs from a mobile. Here, we’ll look into conference call charges in general, as well as thinking about the cost of a conference call with Vodafone, EE, o2, Virgin Mobile and Three. In short, with the right provider conference calls shouldn’t cost money. They should be included in callers’ bundled minutes, essentially erasing conference call charges.

It’s no wonder so many people want to learn about conference call charges. It’s totally logical, for two key reasons. Firstly, there’s how useful conference calls are. Being so simple and so versatile, conference calls form a big part of many people’s lives. As such, knowing conference call costs from a mobile is important. After all, part of what makes teleconferencing so great is the fact that it is mobile. You should be able to do it from anywhere! And another wonderful aspect is how accessible conference calls are – at least the way WHYPAY? offers them. Most people don’t have fancy conference call phones. Nowadays, many don’t even have landlines. Being able to conference call from a mobile is a brilliant thing. But knowing just how much it will cost you matters too.

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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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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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Are there viable 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 each conference call provider is different, despite most offering the same basic functionality. There is huge variation in important factors like ease of use, call quality and call charges for your participants. PowWowNow’s costs are fairly reasonable as long as you’re savvy about which dial-in number you use, but there are so many other factors to consider too.
 

Things to consider

What do customers say about the service?
Look for testinomials and Check review sites like Trustpilot to get a more objective view of the service.

Is the service easy to use?
This is one of the most important traits for your conference participants.

Whats the call quality like, especially on larger conference calls?
Do customer reviews mention any interference or connection problems?

Would you like custom branded conference calls for a professional feel?
A small number of providers (including WHYPAY?) offer this, and for less than you might think!

Does it offer all the features you require, such as call recording?

 

Is WHYPAY? a great alternative to PowWowNow?

At WHYPAY?, we believe our free conference calls are a great alternative to PowWowNow. Here’s why…

 

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 recently introduced an 03 number for dialling into conferences from the UK, which we’ve been championing for years! Kudos! But watch out for the additional shared cost numbers which can confuse things a little, and may lead to unnecessary call charges if you don’t know what you’re doing.

At WHYPAY? we keep things simple – with an 03 number for all UK mobile and landline callers, and an 02 or 01 number for international participants. This makes call charges much easier to understand, and you can rest assured that (unlike with PowWowNow’s service numbers) there are never going to be any charges added by WHYPAY? for the call. More information on call charges here.

 

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. Of course, you choose from a range of tracks for your waiting music too. You can also customise the conference invitations you send from your account by uploading your company logo and colour scheme.

More on custom branding

 

Call recording

Our Pro and Plus plans feature an alternative to the popular PowWowNow recording feature. When you choose to host your conference calls with WHYPAY?, you’ll have the ability to record any conference and download the call within 14 days for complete convenience.

For more information, visit our conference call features page.
 

WHYPAY?

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, the idea of taking a risk disappears… 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.
 

Don’t just listen to us, listen to our customers

Take a look at these 5-star reviews from our users.

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.

Are you ready to take the plunge into the world of WHYPAY? You’ve got nothing to lose. Creating your first conference call with us is easy – simply sign up today and we’ll take care of the rest.

 

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Could the grass be greener on the other side?

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.
 

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 customer reviews, for example, and see if your current provider stacks up to the competition. Choosing the default option isn’t always the best route for your business.

If you’ve been using a provider other than WHYPAY? and experienced issues with call quality or ease of use, you may find that your calls run much more smoothly with us. We’re consistently praised by our users for these qualities, and you’ve got nothing to lose by swapping a few of your usual conference calls to WHYPAY? to test things out yourself.

 
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Are free conference calls really free? What’s the catch?

Most of us were brought up to believe there’s no such thing as a free lunch. There’s doubtless a lot of wisdom in this proverb. So naturally, people hear about free teleconferences and think no way are free conference calls really free. Given how useful conference calling is for businesses, and for a whole world of fields and projects outside business, it’s hard to believe anybody would provide it for free. But that’s a grave mistake: genuinely free conference calls really are possible.

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Conference calls for charities and non-profits: A vital tool

For any organisation to run smoothly and successfully, collaboration is crucial. And the key to collaboration is communication. If you’re working for a charity or non-profit, you know how important teamwork is to getting anything done, and if some people aren’t sure of what’s going on, or what’s expected of them, chaos tends to ensue. Without maintaining open and easy communication, you’re in for a stressful, frustrating and unproductive ride. But with more and more people embracing flexible and remote work, it’s not always as simple as tapping somebody on the shoulder or having an impromptu meeting. That’s why conference calls for charities are an invaluable tool which the sector should ensure is part of their day-to-day running.

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How to make a conference call from landline phones

If you’re wondering how to make conference call from landline phones, you’re in luck. With the right service provider not only is it really easy, but it won’t cost you! To conference call on landlines, look for a conference call provider offering dial-in numbers. Ideally, these will be 03 numbers like WHYPAY?‘s, which are included in callers’ bundled minutes.

It’s true that these days, we seem to be using our mobiles for almost everything. There’s even been debate in recent years about whether we should replace desk phones in offices with mobile devices. But most of us are still regularly using landlines, whether personally, professionally or both. And in both capacities, we might want to hold conference calls.

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Saving the NHS Money With Our Secure Conference Call Services

NHS conference calls might not be a top-billed new story, but they’re definitely related to some news-worthy information. After all, it seems like every other week we’re reading another story about how much funding the NHS is or isn’t receiving, how it’s spending the money it has, and how it plans to spend the money it might be given. Of course, the more funding the NHS has to put towards treating patients and improving facilities, the better. That’s why we’re thrilled to help reduce spending on NHS conference calls. That way, there’s more to go around for the big stuff. The NHS needs a dedicated medical conference call service and WHYPAY? is a perfect solution.

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