Free Conference Calls
Let's get to the point.
If you're in the UK and you need to make conference calls, it would be nice if you could do it for free. And we mean really free, not just pretend free! We mean paying no call charges, no costs for extra features, and no account subscriptions. But are there any services that can offer this?
In short, yes. Out of the many conference calling services that claim to be "free", a very small number can provide the following:
1. A number that can be called without incurring any call charges.
2. A service that is free to use, with no sign-up fees.
3. A feature set that is also free, with no extra charges for things like call recording or call scheduling.
Of course, as far as extra features go, different providers offer different levels of sophistication. If you're looking for advanced features like screen sharing, web chat and muting controls, you're generally going to be paying a premium in one way or another. But if you're looking for a simple and reliable service, with a basic feature set, you can get it all for free, if you know what to look for.
Want it FREE? Here's what to look for
1. To avoid any costs, you need to be able to dial into your conference calls without paying any call charges, so look for a dial-in number that begins with 01, 02, 03 or 07. These numbers are included in your bundled minutes under Ofcom regulations. Unfortunately, there are no services that offer freephone numbers (at least not that we're aware of!), but most callers have bundled minutes available as part of their phone contracts, and can therefore make free conference calls.
2. If a free trial is offered, or you have to hand over your card details before you sign up, you're probably going to get limited functionality, with the option to pay extra for the full service. Look for services that let you create a conference room without submitting any details first.
3. See what features are offered. Conference calling technologies are getting more and more sophisticated all the time, with useful tools like call recording and file sharing. Depending on your organisation and the purpose of your conference calls, you may only need a basic feature set to get the job done.