Want to reduce the cost of your international conference calls? If your international conference call service provider charges you per participant per minute, the best way to reduce your costs is to use the lower dial-out rates.
Why use the dial-out feature on a Global Conference Call?
There are two basic ways to connect international participants to a global conference call:
Let the participants dial in or use the leader dial out feature. International conference call services that support dial-out tend to charge lower per minute rates for dial-out calls than for toll-free inbound calls from international countries.
For example, if a caller dials in from a high cost country with rates of 50 cents per minute, a ten minute call for that participant would cost $5.00. However, if rates for dial out were just 10 cents per minute, that same call would cost just 50 cents. The savings could be dramatic, especially if you have multiple callers from high cost countries.
The same is true of callers using mobile phones in some countries. Rates for mobile access could be significantly higher than expected. In many countries, mobile phones are more widely used than landlines as well.
Pay attention to the various per minute and mobile rates listed for the countries your participants will be calling from and consider using the free dial-out option. This simple step could reduce the cost of your global conference call dramatically.
In addition, some countries do not have toll free access numbers. If this is the case, your participants will either have to dial an international phone number to reach the teleconference — and they will be stuck with the international long distance charges associated with doing so. Using the dial-out feature solves this problem. The system enables the chairperson to dial their international phone number through the conferencing bridge.
If you have a single participant in a high cost country, you could use the moderator dial-out feature to call that person directly at the time of the call or add a participant at any time during the call.
Using the dial-out feature also can reduce the cost of your call, you’ll also have fewer absentees and be able to call participants on demand without waiting for them to dial-in.