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Free Telephone Conferencing

I have a small startup software consultancy, (www.phasepoint.net) and often times need to hold conference calls with clients. I was using the conferencing service provided by our telephone system, (www.Freedomvoice.com) but they were charging me 14 cents per minute per attendee. Last month I used 1300 minutes of conferencing and it cost me $112 (I get the first 500 minutes free each month); so I did a little research. I found two companies that provide free teleconferencing service.

Free Conference Call   http://www.freeconferencecall.com
Free Conference   http://www.freeconference.com/

FreeConferenceCall.com Reservationless Service

  • Maximum Number of Callers: 96
  • Maximum Length: 6 hours
  • Free Call Recording and Playback: Yes
  • Web Controls: No
  • Access from any phone: Yes
  • No computer needed: Yes
  • Toll Free Number: No
  • Account Management Services: Yes
  • Maximum number of conferences per month: Unlimited 

FreeConference.com Reservationless Service

  • Maximum Number of Callers: 150
  • Maximum Length: 3 hours
  • Free Call Recording and Playback: No
  • Web Controls: No
  • Access from any phone: Yes
  • No computer needed: Yes
  • Toll Free Number: No
  • Account Management Services: Yes
  • Maximum number of conferences per month: Unlimited 

I signed up for an account with the first one, FreeConferenceCall.com and tried it out last night with one other caller. It was perfect. The sound was crystal clear and I wasn't subjected to any ads. To sign up, I only had to give them my name and email address. I still don't know what the "catch" is, but there has to be one, right?

So far, I highly recommend these conferencing services. Especially if you have a small busines on a shoestring budget. Maybe their business model is to help you get off the ground, then hope you upgrade to their paid services for more functionality. I will update this post as I learn more.