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Online Conference Calls, An Introduction to New Technology In Practice

Aug 18, 2007
Conference calls can be setup using a variety of methods and fairly obviously these differ from one supplier to another. Though there may be off supplies and services you can use to set up conference calls, in the main there are just three major suppliers and their various setups.

A system known as reservation less conference call may well be the most commonly used. There is not much to set up with this type of conference call.

You simply get a number and access code, as well as a separate access code for the other people that you want to participate in the conference call. All you need to do to during the set up conference call is dial the number, enter your access code, and then have the other callers call in and use their own access code.

where the client may be slightly inexperienced and wishes a more straightforward setup they reach usually the facility to have what is known as an Operator assisted conference call and as the phrase suggests this is when you have the assistance of an operator to ensure a setup proceed smoothly and remain on hand to assist you with any technical issues that might crop up.

Here you have to marry up the additional expense and setting up the cost against the possible ease of use of setting up the call. As is usual the cost of this type of call varies from supplier to supplier.

Using another setup known as Operator dialled setup conference calls will actually give you more information and interaction. Here, they will try to take a more proactive role, dial out the participants and add them manually to the conference.

This is an ideal option for those who are inexperienced in making conference calls. with this type is this in the direct involvement of your prey to if you need any last minute facilities these can be arranged very quickly.

As we mentioned at the outset there are other types of conference calls that are available. Possibly the future of this type of call lies with Web conference calls and though they may appear to be more complicated to set up this is not necessary the case. There are also small scale conference calls between two or three people that business lines can handle. Just play around with the different options and you will see what is the most advantageous to your business.

As technology advances, the world of telecommunications gets easier and cheaper. Advances in technology quite naturally mean that communications get more advanced. Nowadays we no longer just have to use the phone for conference calls as we have the Internet to bring an added online dimension. So, what is the big deal? Well, the big deal is that not only will you be able to talk to each other, but you will be able to do so much more in an online conference call.

Having an online conference call, or web conference, is not just about an extra video feature during the conference. Online Conference call services offer a number of things that a regular telephone based conference can not. As with telephones conferences, you have to get your point across using only words, and that can be tough at times. However, if you were to illustrate your point, using pictures, videos, or presentations, the participants would understand your point more clearly.

A whole new world of information sharing is now possible with documents, slideshows pictures and videos being shared as well as Audio. Of course, video without any audio would not be very user friendly. Luckily, there is more than one means of communication with these online conference call services. Participants will usually have the choice to talk aloud via microphone/headset, or type via an IM, instant messaging or board.

Before you make your decision about a particular service provider, you should at least try a few out. If you can arrange a free trial from as many suppliers as possible then you really have nothing to lose.

Decide what facility you would like to test, check this works and then move on to another supply for other trial It is easy to see that online conference calling is a very affordable, not to mention a better, option than simply using a telephone. If you need to host a conference call, host an online conference call, you will not regret it.
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Stephen Morgan writes about all forms of Internet business matters and more on the above can be found at Call Conference Services and http://www.callconferenceonline.info
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