In today’s world there is an ever increasing demand for fast and efficient communication. Conference calls are a cost-effective way to communicate long distances, arrange meetings, present seminars and even train an apprentice. Dissolving the concerns of prohibitive travel and airfare costs, a conference call can provide an opportunity for multiple callers to be hooked onto the same terminal. Offering comprehensive services like international call conferencing and web-seminars, teleconference services and their providers have won over a sizeable portion of the economy which includes large and small businesses and even individual users, using the service for their personal needs. This article takes a look at these efficient communication tools.

Skype

Skype is an internet-facilitated service connection that enables users to make video and audio calls over long distances with the transmission being sent from one module to another. Preferred for its efficiency, a high speed internet connection with sufficient bandwidth is all you need. Skype has grown tremendously in the half decade since its inception to replace home-phones in some houses. Recording transfers and voice messages, texting and a variety of internet-related functions are provided by this VoIP, making it an extremely popular tool to hold long-distance communications.

Criticised for its inconsistency however, Skype has tried to compete with the teleconferencing services, quite unsuccessfully. An advantage that Skype apparently holds over the teleconference industry is its low price, and Skype calls can be longer without bearing the brunt of extra cost. But critics have pointed out the frequent poor audio quality of Skype calls as a major drawback. Ideally, both communicating parties must have a fast internet-connection to use Skype. This is often not the case, and a Skype call over a low-speed web connection can be a frustrating experience.

Advantages of teleconferencing

A significant advantage that the some voice conference service providers hold is the reliability and dependability of their services, especially suited for business meetings. Indeed with the functions and features of a voice-conference service provider, a face-to-face meeting can be avoided. Incorporating web-browsing, PowerPoint, data transferring, file download and graph analogy, a phone conference can be productive as well as efficient, but all of this requires good audio quality to ensure productivity and preservation of a business’s reputation. Secondly, many teleconferencing service providers supply their services over a VoIP network like Skype, but do not require the set up of any kind of account or billing plan. In fact some teleconference providers are totally FREE to use for teleconferencing, and operate at the users personal line rate for normal 01/02/03 numbers.