If you are looking for a free conference calling service – that is reliable, easy to use, and does not require a credit card to sign up – I recommend you take a look at InstantConference.com.
Last week I began researching free conference calling services. I wanted service that didn’t have advertisements when you dialed in, didn’t require a credit card to sign up, and was easy to use. I looked at the reviews and the service features for eight different services, and decided to try InstantConference.
The “Basic Plan” is completely free. With the free service you don’t get a toll free number to dial into, but that’s not a show stopper for my needs. Here is what you do get:
- 5 conferences /month
- 10 participants /call
- 1000 minutes /month
- Recording – individual call recordings up to 10 participants for 6 hours each call
- 1¢ /minute overage
I signed up and was provided a New Jersey dial-in number, and a 7 digit conference ID code. The 862 number isn’t ideal for someone who does business primarily in Colorado, but not a huge deal with cell service having free long distance and cheap Skype out minutes.
InstantConference.com also has a Outlook plug-in to easily schedule a conference call from the Outlook client. I use Office 365 for Small Business and have no problems with the plug-in on my Outlook 2013 client.
When you sign up, you are provided a PIN code for moderating the calls, as an options. When I dialed into the conference call and entered my conference ID, I was never prompted to enter my PIN, and was never given audio prompts to do anything as a call leader. When I looked in my account profile after the call, it looked like I need to enable the moderator feature if I want it. Otherwise everyone just enters the conference call as normal.
A couple of things I would like to see options for in the future:
- The ability to choose a conference call number with an area code in other large metro areas, such as Denver.
- The ability to change my 7 digit conference ID and not have to use one they assign to me. I like the ability to change it to the last 7 digits of my local phone number, because its easier to remember. (You can already change you leader PIN).
But all in all, it’s a free service and works great! Since I don’t have a land line in my home office, I used Skype and dialed into the conference call bridge and had a crystal clear conference over my headset. It would really be great if Microsoft let you integrate Skype voice into the Lync client! But unfortunately, I doubt we’ll see that anytime soon.
This is NOT an ad or a paid endorsement. I’m just a person that had a good experience with the service.