Audio conferencing is a simple technology with a minimal learning curve.
If you’re new to holding international conference calls, it makes sense to take your conferencing service on a trial run before your first official conference call.
By getting familiar with the features and how they work beforehand, you’ll be less likely to stumble during the call and you’ll be more comfortable conducting the meeting. Here’s what to focus on before hosting your first global teleconference.
1. Get familiar with the tools. Our global conferencing plans come with several useful tools including the Live Event Viewer, which is an online tool for viewing and managing your calls; a free Connect app, which you can download to your mobile phone; and keypad commands for managing the conference call from a standard telephone. Take a few minutes to explore each of these tools to see which appeals best to you. For example, if you plan on hosting calls from your office, the Live Event Viewer is a convenient way to manage your conferences. For instance, if a participant has not muted his or her line and background noise is evident, you can mute that line via the Live Event Viewer. You can also record the conference, initiate a dial-out, and much more.
2. Learn the commands. As the moderator of your global teleconferences, it’s largely up to you to manage the call (unless you opt for our global event conferencing service). Here are a few of the more common commands:
● To request an operator, press *0.
● To initiate dial-out, press *1 (*2 to return with the new participant and *3 to return by yourself).
● To record a conference, press *2.
● To mute the line, press *6.
● To lock the conference, press *7.
● To enter a billing code, press *94.
3. Try a practice call. With our service, there’s no special equipment or software to install or test for participants or the moderator. All you need is a phone. The Live Event Viewer and Connect app are completely optional. No matter which way you decide to go, a quick practice call with a colleague or friend could put your mind at ease and get comfortable with the technology before a formal conference call.
Audio conferencing is a simple technology with a minimal learning curve. You won’t need to spend much time figuring it out, but taking a few minutes to become familiar with how it works before your first call will be time well spent.
Our Canada conference calling plans are pay-as-you-go with no monthly fees with advanced features, exceptional audio quality, no contracts.
There are many potential uses for group audio calls across the United States and Canada. Conference calls are particularly well suited for informing a large number of people at once.
By holding a conference call, you can bring everyone together via phone — even if they’re located in different parts of the country.
The call could be anything from a 10-minute update to an in-depth discussion or training session. Regardless of length, holding a conference call is one of the most cost-effective communications choices you can make.
For example, if your company is rolling out a new product, service, or initiative and you’d like the CEO to explain its benefits to employees beforehand, a conference call is an efficient and affordable way to do so. Let’s dig into this example a little deeper to give you a better idea of how a conference call like this might work.
Let’s say the company is based in Toronto and has branch offices in Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver as well as two offices in the United States in Chicago and Miami. Let’s also say that each office has 10 employees.
The CEO has several options as far as communicating the message goes including:
Traveling to each office (expensive and time consuming)
Sending an email (may be difficult to capture attention, convey the value, or generate excitement)
Appearing in a video announcement (one-sided, potentially impersonal, no real-time feedback)
Holding a conference call (personal, affordable, easy, and opportunity for real-time feedback
Having reviewed the various communications options, the CEO in Canada decides that a conference call is a good choice. So, what happens next? With our pay-as-you-go Canada conferencing service, the CEO can quickly schedule and plan the conference call:
Schedule the call or hold it on demand — no reservations required
Invite attendees from across Canada and USA
Issue regional or toll free access numbers for employees in Toronto, Calgary, Alberta, Vancouver, Chicago, and Miami to use to join the call
Use our free Connect app or Live Conference Viewer app to manage the conference call in progress
Record the conference call so that absentee invitees can later listen to it
Start the Canada conference call in “lecture” mode whereby only the chairperson of the call speaks
Switch out of “lecture” mode so that participants may speak freely and ask questions
Break the conference call into sub-groups if desired
Meanwhile, employees across Canada and USA can participate in the conference call simply by dialing a local or toll free phone number and entering a PIN. With time zone differences, some may not be at their offices when the call is scheduled. This isn’t a problem because they can call in using their home phones or mobile phones. There’s no special software to install or equipment to use. Virtually any phone will work with our Canada conferencing service.
As convenient as it is to host a Canada conference call with employees across Canada and USA, how much would this communications method cost in this example? With our pay-as-you-go Canada conferencing service, this example conference call would cost:
2.9¢ cents per minute for callers in Canada dialing local access numbers (local access numbers available for Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Québec, Ottawa, Alberta, Calgary, and Halifax)
3.9¢ cents per minute for callers dialing toll free in Canada
2.9¢ cents per minute for callers in USA using toll free access numbers
1.7¢ cents per minute for callers in USA using local access numbers
Thus, for our offices across Canada and USA, the break down as follows:
10 employees plus one CEO in Toronto dialing a local access number
10 employees in Calgary dialing a local access number
10 employees in Alberta dialing a local access number
10 employees in Vancouver dialing a toll free access number
10 employees in Chicago dialing a local access number
10 employees in Miami dialing a toll free access number
Better yet, our Canada conference calling plans are pay-as-you-go with no monthly fees with advanced features, exceptional audio quality, no contracts. Plus, how you use your conference calls is completely up to you. The possibilities are endless.
Whether you’re in Swaziland or any other country, our pay-as-you-go international conferencing plan is easy and affordable. There are no contracts, no monthly fees, and no commitment.
Global Conference Calls in Swaziland
Our global conferencing service is easy to use for hosting global conference calls in Swaziland as well as for accommodating attendees from Swaziland. While we offer toll free and in-country access numbers for dozens of countries, Swaziland conferencing hosts and attendees will need to dial an international access number — or use one of the following alternate connection methods to join the Swaziland international conference call:
1 Use the Connect app — This free app takes care of joining you to the international conference bridge, whether you’re in Swaziland or another country. Not only will it route you over a high quality PSTN network, it does so using our competitive dial out rates. It also lets you record your calls or join attendees manually.
2 Use operator assistance — Our live US-based operators can join you and your attendees to your Swaziland global conference call 24/7.
3 Have one of participants act as the chairperson and use the dial-out feature to add the Swaziland conferees from their country. The call to the Swaziland attendee would be ‘inbound’ to the Swaziland participant and charged the account owner using these dial-out rates here.
4 The Swaziland attendee could dial-in to the supplied U.S. toll access number. Long distance charges would most likely be charged by the local Swaziland service provider of the attendee.
Whether you’re in Swaziland or any other country, our pay-as-you-go international conferencing plan is easy and affordable. There are no contracts, no monthly fees, and no commitment.
Making International Phone Calls to or from Swaziland
If you are in Swaziland and would like to place an international phone call, you’ll need to dial Swaziland’s exit code of 00 first followed by the international country code of the other party. Once dialed, you can then dial the phone number.
Similarly, if you’re in another country and would like to place an international phone call to someone in Swaziland, you’ll need to dial your country’s exit code first followed by Swaziland’s international country code of 268 before dialing the phone number.
Telecommunications in Swaziland
According to CIA World Factbook, Swaziland had 44,400 fixed line telephone subscribers in 2014 for a fixed line telephone density of just 3 subscribers for every 100 inhabitants. That same year, there were 916,800 mobile cellular subscribers in Swaziland for a mobile phone density of 65 mobile subscribers for every 100 inhabitants. About 90 percent of the country has mobile coverage.
The CIA World Factbook rates Swaziland’s telecommunications system of “some modern, but not advanced. It consists of open-wire lines and low-capacity microwave radio relay. Swaziland has one satellite earth station.
According to Budde.com.au, Swaziland is one of the world’s last countries to move away from state-own monopolies in the telecommunications market. SPTC served as the sole operator and the telecommunications regulator until 2011. It also had a partnership with MTN, the only mobile network operator at the time.
SPTC was restructured in 2014 and charged with maintaining and operating the national telecommunications backbone infrastructure. The business side is now operated by a subsidiary of SPTC. In 2014, a second mobile operator, Vettel, placed a bid for a mobile telephony license to enter Swaziland’s market as Swavitel.
Thus far, the only telecommunications sector in Swaziland to have any real competition is the Internet sector, which has four ISPs. In 2014, Swaziland had 337,300 Internet users, which is almost 24 percent of the population. Despite the competition, Internet pricing remains high. Because Swaziland is landlocked, it relies on its neighbors for international bandwidth. This combined with a limited fixed-line infrastructure have hampered Swaziland’s Internet potential. However, there are some bright spots including new access to fiber optic submarine cables and the arrival of 3G mobile broadband services several years ago.
Using Global Virtual Phone Numbers to Connect to B2B Customers in Austria
As a U.S.-based consultant targeting business customers in Austria, global conference calls and virtual phone numbers can help to position your business as a logical and local choice.
Here’s how you can use our phone services to your advantage in Austria — and the world beyond.
Using International Conference Calls to Connect with Business Customers in Austria
While you’ll likely have plenty of opportunities to travel to Austria in person, it’s not always practical to book a flight every time you need to communicate with your European customers. Hosting an international conference call allows you to present the benefits of your products and services, negotiate deals, conduct over-the-phone training, answer questions, and more with a geographically diverse group.
Our service makes access to your global conference calls as easy as dialing a local phone number. For example, if your customers are located in Vienna, they can dial an access number local to Vienna. You can also opt for toll free access numbers or use the moderator dial-out feature to join them into your call manually. If you have attendees joining the conference from other countries, they can dial access numbers local to their own countries.
Responding to your B2B customers’ needs with crystal clear international conference calls that are easy to use demonstrates your professionalism and accessibility. Being readily available can help to alleviate any concerns they may have about doing business with someone outside of Austria.
To that end, you may also want to invest in a global virtual phone number for Austria.
Using Global Virtual Phone Numbers to Connect to B2B Customers in Austria
Global virtual phone numbers in Austria allow your B2B customers to dial a local phone number in order to reach you. This special type of phone number routes all incoming calls to the “ring to” phone number of your choice. The virtual phone number looks and acts like any other business phone number in Austria, but it will forward the call to a phone located in another country.
By giving your B2B customers in Austria a local phone number, you are showing them that you’re committed to earning and keeping their business. While they may understand that your main office is in the United States, for example, they don’t necessarily want to worry about time zones, international calling rates, or getting an operator to connect them whenever they need to speak with you. Instead, they simply dial a local Austria number.
A couple of tools are included in our Austria virtual numbers that address time differences. For instance, advanced call forwarding features allow you to configure how calls are answered based on the time of day. You could even use select country forwarding to ensure that all calls originating from Austria are routed to your mobile phone.
Both of these Austria phone tools feature crystal clear connections over modern PSTN phone networks and have competitive rates. These plans are loaded with advanced features and offered month-to-month with no contracts and no obligation. If you serve B2B customers in Austria, our global conferencing plans and virtual numbers can play an important role in how you communicate.
For example, if you’re hosting the conference from USA, your participants in Malta will not need to dial a USA phone number.
Need a convenient way to make Malta global conference calls? With its warm climate, beautiful setting, and advanced economy, Malta is a popular destination for tourists and business professionals alike.
Whether you’re visiting Malta for business or for pleasure, or whether you have Maltese contacts with whom you need to communicate, making Malta global conference calls is easier than you may realize — especially with our pay-as-you-go global conferencing plans.
Here’s what you need to know about hosting global conference calls involving Malta.
Provide Malta participants with a local access number. Our Expanded global conferencing plan supports Malta conference calling with a local access number for Valletta, Malta. This ensures that your Maltese participants can join your call without incurring expensive international long distance charges. For example, if you’re hosting the conference from USA, your participants in Malta will not need to dial a USA phone number. It also makes it easier for them as they will not need to dial an exit code.
Provide your other international participants with their own local access numbers. The beauty of our Legacy and Expanded plans is that we have local and toll free access numbers for countries around the globe. Your international conference call could easily have attendees from Malta, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, China, USA, Mexico, Peru, and other countries. Providing participants with access numbers unique to their countries will improve participation and make it easier for all attendees to join your global conference calls.
Use advanced features like moderator dial-out and MP3 call recording. Our pay-as-you-go Malta global conference calling plan includes advanced features such as moderator dial-out, MP3 call recording, automatic attendance reports, a free live online viewer, and a free Connect app — use them! The dial-out function is a great way to connect callers in unsupported countries or countries with higher-than-normal costs. It is also a good way to get the best rates possible. MP3 recordings are handing and easy to initiate. Automatic attendance reports tell you exactly who participated so you can later reach out to those who did not attend. And both the online viewer and free Connect app put a variety of useful tools right at your fingertips.
Using a pay-as-you-go global conference calling plan like ours provides you with the utmost of flexibility without sacrificing call quality, cost, or features. All conferences are routed over PSTN fiber optic networks for the best sound quality. Our rates are extremely competitive — with no minimums, penalties, or usage requirements. Advanced tools enhance the experience and are easy to access and use.
These are but a few of the many advantages of using our Malta global conference calling service. Perhaps the biggest advantage of all is this: no contracts. Simply sign up for an account and make as many or as few Malta global conference calls as you need.
Hosting international conference calls from Luxembourg is easy and affordable with our pay-as-you-go plan.
With its charming mix of medieval and modern buildings along with its prestige as a financial hub, you could find yourself in Luxembourg for business or for pleasure.
Luxembourg’s government recently announced its intentions to fund asteroid mining research, making Luxembourg even more attractive to those in the space and mining industries.
No matter why you may be in Luxembourg, there’s a good chance you’ll need to communicate with your family or business partners back home — or around the world. One of the easiest and most convenient options is to host international conference calls from Luxembourg. Below are a few tips that can help.
Evaluate your international conference calling options. Hotels often offer business services to their guests, but you may find that international conference calling is not an option. Even if it were, you can bet it would be offered at a premium price. If you’ll be working out of a corporate office of one of your Luxembourg-based colleagues, you may be able to use their teleconferencing system. However, the best option is to bring your own international conferencing call service along for the trip. Our pay-as-you-go Luxembourg international conferencing plan is perfect: it’s easy to use, has low rates, and is loaded with high quality advanced features.
Determine what you want to accomplish during your global conference calls. It’s important to have a clear goal for each call, invite the right people to join your conference call, schedule the call at a convenient time (this is tricky with a global audience), and actively manage the meeting. We recommend creating an agenda, using a world time zone map, and setting up alerts to help you stay on track.
Take advantage of international conference calling technology. Our Luxembourg conference calls are easy to schedule and initiate using standard telephones. They’re even easier if you download the free Connect app or use the online tools included in your online dashboard. You can schedule and join international conference calls with just a few taps or clicks, record your group audio calls with a button press, and even dial participants directly (which further reduces your costs) using the moderator dial-out function.
Hosting international conference calls from Luxembourg is easy and affordable with our pay-as-you-go plan. Since there are no contracts, you can sign up and use the service for the duration of your trip and then cancel when you return. In fact, you don’t even need to cancel your plan because if you do not use it, you will not incur any costs. Many of our users keep their plans and use as needed.
Since our international conference calling plan supports 60+ countries (100+ on our Expanded plan), you can host conference calls from virtually anywhere, not just Luxembourg — and you can have participants connect using local and toll free numbers specific to their countries.
Our Latvia global conference calling plans eliminate this problem with local and toll free access numbers specific to more than 60, or more than 100 with our Expanded plan, countries.
Are you part of a global team based in Latvia? Whether you’re part of a small virtual group or have colleagues scattered around the globe, hopping on a plane every time you need to collaborate simply isn’t practical.
While online collaboration tools make it easier for teams to work together, there are times when you need the real-time back and forth of an actual conversation. If you’re in Latvia, global conference calls are the perfect solution. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
Regular conference calls don’t necessarily work internationally. Sure, you could give your fellow team members the direct phone number for your office in Latvia and use the PBX’s conference calling features, if available, but that would require each global conference call participant to dial an international phone number as well as incur costs. Some may have trouble figuring out how to call your office from their countries, and country exit codes vary, making it hard to provide this information for all of your intended participants. Our Latvia global conference calling plans eliminate this problem with local and toll free access numbers specific to more than 60, or more than 100 with our Expanded plan, countries.
Audio quality is crucial. This is not the time to experiment with free international conferencing services that use VoIP. Our Latvia global conferencing service is powered by modern, fiberoptic PSTN networks of the highest quality. You’ll be able to hear one another perfectly despite geographic distances spanning the globe.
Hosting Latvia global conference calls is less expensive than it sounds. You’ll be pleasantly surprised as you browse our competitive international conference calling rates. For example, our conferencing rates for Riga access numbers are currently just 10 cents per minute. We offer both toll free and local numbers for dozens of countries. You can control your costs even further by using the dial out feature which gives you even lower per minute rates. Plus, there are no minimum usage requirements, monthly fees, or surprises. Simply pay for the minutes you use, as you use them.
There’s no need to sign a long-term contract. Our Latvia global conference calling plans are available on a no-contract basis. They are truly pay as you go. If you use our service to make 100 conference calls a month, great. If you use it to make one conference call and never make another call again, that’s fine too. You can use it or not use it as you see fit.
These are but a few thoughts to keep in mind as you consider international conference calling services in Latvia. We’re here to answer any questions you may have and help in any way. Sign up for an account today and find out just how affordable and easy it is to collaborate using Latvia conference calls.
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Hold International Conference Calls with VIPs depending on the VIP’s requirements, your conference calls may include participant’s from around the world.
International Conference Calls and the Hospitality Industry
The hospitality industry uses international conference calling for a variety of purposes including internal brainstorming sessions, formal training, contract negotiations, procurement, guest relations, and even as a service offered to guests. The possibilities are nearly limitless! Below are a few ways that you can use global conference calls to communicate internally and externally to collaborate with regional managers, employees, vendors and suppliers, event planners, and guests from around the world.
Six ways to Host Virtual Meetings with participants around the world
International conference calling allows you to hold virtual meetings with participants from around the world in a private, voice-only “conference room.” In order to access the virtual meeting, each of the global conference call’s participants uses a standard or mobile phone to call in. There’s no need for computers or software. In addition, each caller receives an access phone number that is local to their country which avoids unnecessary dialing confusion or concerns about the call’s potential cost.
You can use global conference calls for meetings with:
Your executive team – Is it hard (or expensive) to get your executive team together for routine meetings? Teleconferences are a low-cost way to keep everyone informed of both routine and major events.
Regional managers – With facilities around the globe, international conference calling is a must to ensure that each regional team feels connected to the larger organization. Use global conference calls to support, encourage, train, and troubleshoot facilities around the globe.
Employees – While it may not be necessary to hold companywide conference calls on a regular basis, occasional group conference calls can be used for a variety of purposes such as for making major announcements or holding training sessions. You can also record your group calls, allowing employees to listen in at a later time and date if desired.
Lawyers, publicists, and other professionals – Need to strategize with external partners such as lawyers, publicists, or consultants? A global conference call allows you and your executive team to connect with professionals from around the world in a private, convenient teleconference. Get your questions answered and brainstorm your next move without having to arrange flights or hotel accommodations.
Suppliers and vendors – You can also use international conference calling to hold procurement teleconferences, negotiate better deals with vendors, coordinate projects, and much more.
Event planners – Global teleconferences are also useful when working with event planners who intend to hold conferences, exhibitions, banquets, trade shows, sporting events, and other events at your venue. Because global conference calls are so convenient, your meetings can include crucial personnel involved in planning an event so that the event planners can get all of their questions answered in a single session.
Hold International Conference Calls with VIPs
Whether dealing with an agency or celebrities, politicians, and high rollers directly, global conference calls allow you to quickly and easily connect all relevant parties to a group call. Depending on the VIP’s needs, your conference calls may include participant’s from around the world including:
Food service managers
You can even add participants to the call as needed. For example, if the agent has questions about your security detail at a specific property, you could use the moderator dial out tool to call the head of security at that facility and bring him or her into the conference call.
Offer International Conferencing as a Service
Not only can you use international conference calling for all of the above, you may also want to offer international conference calling to your guests or as part of your meeting room services. For example, if your facility has a standard business center with computers, Wi-Fi, fax machines, and standard phones, adding international conference calling could set your facility apart from its competitors. Using your international conferencing plan’s account management dashboard, you will immediately know the total cost of each global conference call your guests make. Thus, you can bill them accordingly. Low per minute international rates allow for a healthy markup. Meanwhile, your business guests will appreciate being able to stay in touch with their teams around the world.
Not only can you offer international conferencing via your business services center, your concierge could easily coordinate global conference calls for guests as needed. Guests can even participate in their conferences from the privacy of their rooms.
Whether you operate a chain of hotels or a small bed and breakfast inn, signing up for an international conference calling plan allows you to stay connected to partners, suppliers, agencies, and VIP guests and their representatives from around the world. You can even get a pay-as-you-go plan with no contracts, allowing you to offer global conference calls as a service without any upfront costs. If you do business with others outside of your country, as most hospitality businesses do, access to international conference calling makes perfect sense.
In addition to potentially being intimidated about dialing an international number, they may have concerns about how the group conference call will affect their phone bills.
Doing business internationally often requires global communication with a geographically diverse group of participants.
If you or one of your colleagues is in Germany, hosting global conference calls is a fantastic way to facilitate communications.
Here’s what you need to know about hosting global conference calls from Germany.
You’ll need international access numbers for your participants to use in order to connect to your Germany conference call. For example, if you’re hosting the conference call in Germany but you have participants calling from the United States and Canada, they will not want to dial a German phone number in order to participate. For starters, they may not know how to place an international call, and the German access number will definitely look foreign to them. In addition to potentially being intimidated about dialing an international number, they may have concerns about how the group conference call will affect their phone bills. Fortunately, you can overcome these objections by providing them with North American access numbers to your Germany conference call. Likewise, when using our international conferencing service, you can issue international access numbers (toll free and local) to callers from more than 60 (and more than 100 with our extended service) countries.
Call quality is an essential ingredient in any conference call, even more so in an international conference call. Phone connections have improved dramatically over the past several decades, even international ones. However, there are still audio quality issues that can negatively impact your global conference calls — particularly with VoIP connections. While you may be able to tolerate the occasional bad connection when communicating one-on-one, in a group call bad connections should be avoided at all costs. You need to be able to hear each participant clearly without interference, echoes, dropouts, or stutters. Make sure to choose an international conferencing service that uses the best telecommunications networks. We use PSTN fiber optic networks for the best audio quality around the world.
Germany conference calls don’t have to cost a fortune. As the host of an international conference call, you’re likely concerned about containing your costs. Fortunately, hosting global conference calls in Germany or elsewhere around the world doesn’t need to cost you a fortune thanks to our low international conferencing rates and our pay-as-you-go plans. To get a better idea about the costs of hosting a global conference call in Germany, take a look at our per minute rates for each country where your participants will be calling from. Do the math and you’ll find out just how affordable hosting a Germany global conference call can be. If you want to reduce your costs even further, consider using the moderator dial-out option where it makes the most sense.
Choosing a pay-as-you-go international conference calling plan is ideal for those times when you need global conferencing but not necessarily on a regular basis. Simply use the service as needed and connect internationally with your colleagues, partners, and others around the world.
How are you using global conference calls in Germany?
For example, if you’re located in the United States and would like to host a Georgia conference call, our extended global conference calling service allows you to do just that.
The country of Georgia has been recognized by the World Bank, since 2003, as one of the world’s fastest-reforming economies and as a leader in fighting corruption.
As of 2012, the World Bank has ranked Georgia as the ninth in the world in terms of ease of doing business. Whether you’re already doing business in Georgia or exploring the possibility, you may find it necessary to use a Georgia global conference call service from time to time.
What You Need to Host a Georgia Global Conference Call
In most countries, holding a domestic conference call is fairly straightforward. For example, your PBX system may have the ability to join multiple callers into a conference call.
If not, domestic conference calling services are readily available in many countries. However, once your conference call involves international participants, it immediately becomes more complicated.
For example, if you’re in the United States but need to have a conference call with attendees in Georgia, will you expect them to call your main phone number and incur all of the long distance costs associated with the call?
This is a major barrier that can adversely affect attendance. Some international attendees will not participate because of cost concerns. Others will have trouble dialing an international number. Giving them your toll free number won’t help matters because toll free numbers only work domestically.
The best approach is to use a global conference call service that supports the countries involved. International conference calling service providers offer services that address the unique needs of global conference calls.
For example, if you’re located in the United States and would like to host a Georgia conference call, our expanded global conference calling service allows you to do just that.
Georgia Conference Call Rates
Toll Free access from Georgia = $0.28 /minute
Dial-out to Georgia = $0.22 /minute
For your attendees (and yourself) in the United States, you can issue US access numbers just as you would for any other domestic conference calls. For your attendees in Georgia, however, you would issue toll free access numbers specific to Georgia. They’ll dial a toll free number, thereby eliminating any concerns about cost or operator assistance, and be connected to your global conference call at no cost to your participant.
Your Georgia conference calls can also include participants from other countries. For example, if you need to host a global conference call with participants from the U.S., Georgia, France, Ireland, Australia, and Hong Kong, you can easily accommodate all of these participants from around the world.
The hardest part of hosting Georgia international conference calls with our service is dealing with time zone differences, and that’s beyond any of our control.
If you’re thinking of doing business in Spain, it’s probably a good idea to spend some time in the country introducing yourself to potential suppliers, vendors, partners, and prospects.
Using International Conference Calls in Spain to Build Stronger Business Relationships
According to Export.gov, face-to-face meetings in Spain are of utmost importance in building initial business relationships. If you’re thinking of doing business in Spain, it’s probably a good idea to spend some time in the country introducing yourself to potential suppliers, vendors, partners, and prospects.
Once those relationships have been set into motion, you may want to continue building your relationships in Spain with international conference calls. Below are a few pointers to keep in mind.
Have an Agenda for the Call
While one of your goals is to continue to build a strong business relationship, your international conference call in Spain needs to have a purpose beyond getting acquainted. And, it needs to be relevant to your new business contacts in Spain.
Define the purpose of the conference call and highlight what’s in it for them. Who needs to attend the Spain conference call? What time, in local business hours in Spain, should the call take place?
From there, create an agenda for your conference call, allowing time for formal introductions amongst participants at the beginning.
Export.gov says that Spaniards expect personal relationships with their suppliers but they tend to be more formal in their relations than Americans.
No one appreciates rambling meetings, so keep your Spain conference call moving according to your agenda and stick to the allotted time period. For example, if you told your conference call attendees that the conference call would take no more than 15 minutes of their time, wrap up the call at the 12 to 13-minute mark.
Part of building strong business relationships is demonstrating that you keep your word and respect the other person’s time. By keeping your Spain conference calls within the stated time period, you are doing both.
Because you’re the one initiating these relationships and soliciting business, you should pay the costs associated with your international conference calls in Spain. Thus, if you’re in the United States, don’t expect your callers in Spain to dial your US office number. You can’t give them your toll free number either because your toll free number only works in North America.
The best choice is to use an international conference calling service that provides international access numbers. With our global conferencing service, your callers from Spain will dial a toll free access number that’s local for Spain. Their calls will then be forwarded over a high definition, fiber optic network and joined in an audio conference.
Meanwhile, if you have other participants located in other countries, they too, will dial a toll free access number that’s unique to their own countries. In order to join your own Spain conference call, you’ll dial a domestic access number.
No matter which access number a given attendee dials, everyone will be joined in a group conference call with exceptional sound quality.
As the host of the Spain conference call, you’ll be billed per minute, per attendee based on the individual rates for their countries. Our toll free international conferencing rates are extremely competitive, and even lower “dial out” rates are available for Spain and other countries.
How have you used international conferencing to build relationships overseas?
if you are wooing potential customers in Sri Lanka, you’d probably want to schedule the call as conveniently as possible for them — even if it means that you must join the call in the middle of the night.
Need to host global conference calls in Sri Lanka?
Whether you’re located in Sri Lanka or have business contacts or family members in the country, as soon as a conference call involves international participants, it becomes much more complicated to coordinate.
Here’s what you need to know about hosting Sri Lanka global conference calls.
Use a global conference calling service that provides Sri Lanka and global access numbers. The reason you need a global conferencing service in Sri Lanka is because traditional conference calling services only provide national and toll free numbers for that particular country. For example, if you’re in the United States and use a traditional domestic conference calling service, callers in Sri Lanka would not be able to join the call using the provided toll free number because that number only works in North America. While you could give them a non-toll free number (if available from your provider), they’d incur international long distance charges by the minute when participating in the call.
Our expanded global conference calling plan offers both toll free and regional (Colombo) access numbers for Sri Lanka along with toll free access numbers for more than 100 other countries.
This ensures that all of your international participants can join your Sri Lanka international conference calls simply by dialing a local access number without concerns about international long distance costs.
Scheduling Sri Lanka global calls is tricky due to time zone differences. If you’re in India, this is less of a problem than if you’re in Brazil or New Zealand. How you schedule the call is up to you. However, keep in mind the purpose of the call and its “VIPs.” For example, if you are wooing potential customers in Sri Lanka, you’d probably want to schedule the call as conveniently as possible for them — even if it means that you must join the call in the middle of the night.
Take advantage of available conference calling features. Our international conference calling plans for Sri Lanka and other countries include a variety of advanced features like MP3 call recording and moderator dial-out. Take advantage of these and increase the effectiveness and reduce the cost of your Sri Lanka conference calls.
For example, when you record your conference calls, you can later distribute the recording to participants via an MP3 file. This is helpful in several ways including:
Making sure that everyone has a copy that they can listen to later.
Ensuring that participants who were unable to attend the call can hear it after the fact.
Having the ability to transcribe the call afterward.
Repackaging the recording as a training course or seminar (if applicable).
Moderator dial-out is a method where you can dial participants directly rather than requiring them to dial an access number. Our dial-out rates tend to be less than our toll free rates, making this a great way to reduce the total cost of the call.
How are you using international conference calls to communicate with others in Sri Lanka and around the world?
Using conference calls for business purposes is an efficient way to communicate with remote participants from around the world.
However, teleconference services come in several different flavors, some of which are suitable for some business purposes but not others. With this in mind, view the list of common conference call services below to choose the right domestic or international conference calling service for your specific business purpose.
Domestic Group Audio Calls
Domestic group audio calls are one of the most common types of business conference call. These calls involve three or more participants, all located in the same country.
For example, a lawyer in Los Angeles, California may need to hold a group audio call with a local client, several of the firm’s partners located at various offices, and an expert witness in Chicago, Illinois. Because they are all located in the United States, the lawyer could initiate the conference call using a domestic conference calling service.
Alternately, the domestic group call could be initiated through the law firm’s PBX, assuming it has conference calling capabilities and can support the designated number of attendees.
Generally speaking, domestic conference calls are the easiest for business users to set up, manage, and join. Attendees are typically given an access number (which may or may not be toll free depending on the service) to call along with a PIN number. They simply dial the access number and enter the PIN to join the conference.
International Conference Calls
International conference calls for business purposes work in much the same way, but they involve callers from two or more countries. In our previous example, the expert witness was in Chicago, but what if he was located in Scotland or Hong Kong?
What if one of the lawyer’s partners was in Argentina on a business trip? Domestic conference calling services do not support international callers, and callers from abroad are blocked from dialing US toll free numbers.
Obviously, flying expert witnesses in from overseas would be cost prohibitive, and waiting for the other partner to return could cause unnecessary delays. Using an international conference calling service is a much better choice.
International conference calling involves dialing an access number and entering a PIN, just as with domestic service providers. However, call participants dial local or toll free access numbers local to their own countries.
These international access numbers help keep individual costs to a minimum, eliminate dialing confusion, and connect all participants into a single conference room where they can collaborate, negotiate, build relationships, brainstorm ideas, and more.
Because they are easy for everyone involved, international conference calls are used for a variety of business purposes such as:
Sales meetings — Bring regional sales managers together in a group audio call
Mergers and acquisitions — Iron out the details of a merger or acquisition by hosting a series of international conference calls
Recruiting — Pre-screen international job candidates (and save on travel costs) by holding introductory interviews in a group conference call
Virtual team meetings — Make sure everyone’s on the same page, despite geographic differences, by holding periodic international conference calls
Web conferencing is also a good option for communicating with a group of participants domestically or internationally, but there’s an added element of complexity as participants may need to install software or use a certain type of device such as a webcam.
Web conferencing does allow for a more interactive experience and is ideal when you need to share your computer screen or present your ideas visually. Participants can view slideshows, share files, and chat via audio, webcam, or text messaging — and participants can be located anywhere in the world as long as they have an Internet connection and a compatible device.
The downsides of Web conferencing include: audio and video quality (data is routed over the Web, so delays, dropouts, and other issues are at play), hardware and software requirements, the learning curve, and Internet access requirements.
When should you use Web conferencing over international conference calls? For business purposes where you need to share files and visual information in real time.
Web conferencing is commonly used for the following business purposes:
Software demos and training
“Webinars” where a sales presentation is presented to a group
Team meetings where files may need to be exchanged or screens shared
Video interviews and depositions where non-verbal cues like facial expressions can tell more of the story
Negotiations where it may be expedient to be able to send a contract instantly or set up an account together
Skype for Business
Skype for Business is another cost-effective option that allows you to host online audio or video meetings with up to 250 participants. Skype for Business is available as a standalone plan or as a part of Microsoft Office 365.
Some of the features Skype for Business users appreciate include:
Integration with Outlook
File transfers via instant messaging
Group instant messaging
Advanced meeting options like polling and Q&As
Skype for Business is often used for internal communications, and some external calls, within an organization, but it can get expensive with its per user, per month fees. To get the best price, you must commit to an annual subscription. Another potential downside is that audio, video, and Web conferencing use VoIP rather than traditional voice networks. This can result in sound quality issues.
As you can see, each of these business conferencing options has its place. If most of your conference calls take place within a single country, a domestic service may be just right. If you need the ability to share screens or files during the conference, a Web conferencing solution or Skype for Business might be just right. If you have international participants, an international conference calling plan will be essential — and sound quality of utmost importance.
Sometimes, simplicity is best, and making international conference calls for business purposes is as simple as it gets when you choose one of our high quality, pay-as-you-go international conference calling plans.
Our international conference calling service provides toll free access numbers from around the world, including Ecuador.
Ecuador is considered a small-to-medium export market for exports from the United States, but the market is growing. According to the U.S. Embassy, the export market in Ecuador grew 15.8 percent in 2013 — and it has significant potential.
If you’re thinking of exporting or otherwise doing business with Ecuador, building strong relationships with local partners is essential. One way to do just that is by using Ecuador international conference calls.
Why use Ecuador international conferencing?
Exploring international markets typically requires visiting the country in person, networking with potential partners, and building a foundation for a successful business relationship.
However, it’s not always practical to hop on a plane every time you need to communicate with your partners in Ecuador. International conference calls are an affordable way to bring a group of individuals from around the world together in an audio conference call.
Tips for Using Ecuador International Conference Calls to Build Relationships
First, you’ll need a legitimate reason for each Ecuador conference call. They can’t just be to get acquainted. Spend some time brainstorming ideas for a series of conference calls.
Rather than trying to cover everything in a single conference call, and potentially overwhelming each participant with too much information and a time-consuming agenda, schedule a series of shorter group calls.
For example, you may want to discuss logistics, pricing, and marketing strategy with your partners in Ecuador. While you could schedule a one- or two-hour international conference call and conceivably cover all of those topics in one session, from a relationship-building perspective, a series of three 20-minute calls might be better.
Holding a series of Ecuador conference calls can also allow for:
Action steps and follow up — What needs to happen before the next group audio call? What steps have been taken since the last one?
Clarity — By focusing on a single topic each time, you can really dig in to the task at hand. In addition, if questions arise after the Ecuador conference call, they can be addressed via email, one-on-one calls, or noted for discussion during the next conference call.
Growing familiarity — As each call takes place, you and your partners will start to become more familiar with each other.
To avoid conference call overload, make sure to:
Keep each Ecuador conference call on topic and on time.
Share an audio recording of each international conference call with all attendees. This is a nice courtesy that allows participants to review the call at their leisure.
Provide toll free access numbers to each international participant. For example, if you’re in the United States, your partners in Ecuador should not be expected to dial an international number in order to join the call. Our international conference calling service provides toll free access numbers from around the world, including Ecuador.
Toll free international conferencing is more affordable than you may realize, and our pay-as-you-go plans allow you to use the service as needed with no contracts or minimum usage requirements.
Hosting Conference Calls with associates in El Salvador
El Salvador is a beautiful Central American country on the mend after years of civil war and political instability. Whether you’re in El Salvador on business, on a humanitarian mission, or on vacation, if you need to stay in touch with a group of people back home (or around the world), one of your best options is a pay-as-you-go El Salvador conference calling service. Using El Salvador conference calls is easier and more affordable than you may think. Here’s what you need to get started.
First, you’ll need an El Salvador international conference calling plan. This is essential because everyone involved in the conference call will need to dial an access number in order to join the teleconference. For those located in El Salvador, dialing an El Salvador number makes the most sense. However, those located in other countries will not want to dial El Salvador or pay international long distance fees simply to join a conference call. By using an international conference calling service, you can make sure that each participant can use an access number local to their countries. If desired, you could even choose toll free international conference access numbers specific for each country. Choosing a pay-as-you-go service provider is an attractive option, especially if you don’t anticipate making a high volume of calls each month.
Time differences are challenging. If everyone is in the same time zone, then you could easily schedule international conference calls that work for most participants. However, if you have participants located far apart, you may need to get creative with your international conference call’s scheduling. Another option is to use the MP3 call recording feature to record your El Salvador conference calls and then distribute the MP3 file to participants who were unable to attend the call live.
Follow a predetermined agenda. Time is a limited resource. Whether your participants are in El Salvador, the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand, or anywhere else in the world, chances are they’ll appreciate a well-organized global conference call. Prepare an agenda in advance, notify any participants who need to contribute to the discussion about their roles, and distribute the agenda to all participants in advance of the call. They’ll have a better understanding of what to expect, how long the call should take, and what they might want to bring up during the call.
Sound quality is vital to the success of your international conference calls in El Salvador or elsewhere. Our international conference calls use a fiber optic PSTN network for the best sound quality possible.
Sign up for a pay-as-you-go El Salvador conference calling plan and pay only for the minutes you use. There’s no contract, no activation fee, no monthly minimums, and no cancellation fees. It’s truly pay as you go.
Any advice for first-time international conference call hosts?
One of the world’s oldest and greatest civilizations, Egypt is home to more than 88 million people as of July 2015 estimates. Whether you live in Egypt, do business there, or are visiting on business or pleasure, you may find it useful to use international conferencing to communicate with a group of participants from around the world. Here’s what you need to know about Egypt conference calls.
International Conference Calling Networks
Egypt has a modern telecommunications system that was extensively upgraded in the 1990s. Its mobile networks are also modern with a penetration rate of nearly 100 percent according to the CIA World Factbook. While using Egypt’s domestic telecommunications network generally results in quality connections, hosting international conference calls in Egypt requires careful consideration.
For example, if you choose an international conferencing service provider that uses VoIP, your calls could be affected by data loss, echoes, drop outs, stutters, and other quality of service issues common to VoIP. Our Egypt conference calls are routed over traditional PSTN fiber optic networks for HD quality audio. Make sure to prioritize audio quality, especially if your international conference calls will involve participants in countries with questionable telecommunications networks.
Toll Free or Local Access Numbers
Next, consider how your participants will join your call. If you were to hold Egypt conference calls with participants only located in Egypt, this becomes less of an issue than if you were to hold global conference calls. Why? Because international dialing causes both confusion and cost concerns amongst your participants — and a toll free number for Egypt won’t work internationally.
Thus, you’ll want to use an international conference calling service provider that provides local and toll free phone numbers for each of the countries your participants are in.
For example, if you have participants from the United States joining your Egypt conference call, rather than giving them an Egyptian phone number to dial, give them a USA toll free access number. Our international conferencing calling service then uses call forwarding to forward the USA calls to your Egypt conference.
You could also opt to use local numbers for the cities your participants are in. For instance, if your USA participants are located in Chicago, New York, and Miami, you could issue local numbers for each city.
Using Moderator Dial-Out
Another option for joining international participants to your Egypt conference call is to use the moderator dial-out feature. This option generally gives you a lower per minute rate and is useful for countries with higher calling costs or those that lack local or toll free access numbers.
Signing Up for an Egypt Conference Calling Service
Our Egypt conference calling service is a low-cost, high quality service that you can use as needed. Because it’s a pay-as-you-go conference calling plan with no contracts and no cancellation fees, you can use it however you’d like. If you need to host a lot of global conference calls none month and then just a handful in subsequent months, you can do so without penalty. Simply pay for the minutes you use.
How are you using global conference calls in your business?
Home to more than 79 million people (as of July 2015), Turkey is a quickly growing economy driven by industry and service sectors. According to CIA World Factbook, Turkey weathered a severe financial crisis in 2001 and has since undergone major financial reforms. However, it still has its economic weaknesses such as political uncertainty and a high account deficit.
If you’re thinking of doing business in Turkey, you’ll have a long list of tasks including market research, discussions with potential partners, import/export paperwork, and more. One way to facilitate these tasks is through global conference calls. By using global conference calls in Turkey, you may be able to reduce the number of in-country trips, saving you significant amounts of money.
Below are a few ways that Turkey conference calls can be essential as you explore your business expansion options:
Using global conference calls for market research — While nothing beats visiting another country in person, market research trips are expensive — and often a whirlwind. Consider following up by holding global conference calls. For example, if you held a focus group with consumers in Turkey to get their opinions about your products and services, consider holding follow-up focus groups via a group audio call. Here you can ask questions you may have missed during the first session as well as follow up after the group has had a few additional weeks to interact with your product.
Using an international conference call to gather licensing requirements — Each country has its own business licensing requirements and bureaucratic processes to go through. Gather your business partners and advisors into a group audio call and then conference in local authorities from Turkey to ensure that everyone is clear on what’s required to enter the Turkey market. You can easily do this by first hosting a conference call with your internal partners and then use the moderator dial-out feature to call the appropriate licensing authorities in Turkey.
Using Turkey conference calls to negotiate with local partners and suppliers — You’ll likely need local business partners, sales associates, and suppliers located within Turkey. Though you may establish initial contact when visiting the country, it’s not realistic to fly to Turkey for every possible discussion or question. Use Turkey conference calls to hold group discussions between your new partners and your international team.
Our Turkey conference calling plans are an affordable way to connect with participants in Turkey — and around the globe. Your participants in Turkey will dial a toll free Turkish access number to join the call, so there’s no cost to them.
Meanwhile, your other international participants can join the call using either toll free or local access numbers unique to their countries. This is a contract-free, pay-as-you-go global conferencing service that makes group audio calls a snap.
Sign up today and start exploring your options for doing business in Turkey by using international conference calls.
There are a lot of creative ways to use group audio calls when entering new markets.
For this type of conference call, it’s smart to use an international conferencing service that supports all of the countries involved.
In an increasingly global business world, the supply chain for manufacturers of all sizes has expanded accordingly. Whether you’re located in Hong Kong or have suppliers located there, one way to manage your global supply chain involves the use of Hong Kong conference calls.
When Might You Need to Host a Hong Kong Conference Call?
In general, if you need to communicate with two or more international suppliers, contractors, business bankers, warehouse personnel, transport operators, port authorities, or others involved in your supply chain, holding an international conference call is one of the best choices available.
For example, you might need to host a Hong Kong conference call when a contractor in Hong Kong needs clarification on a spec and your engineers are located in another country. For this type of conference call, it’s smart to use an international conferencing service that supports all of the countries involved.
Another time you might need to host a conference call in Hong Kong might be to stay in touch with your team back home while you’re visiting the area. For example, if you’re in Hong Kong to tour manufacturing facilities and there’s a crisis back home, you could quickly initiate and schedule a conference call with key personnel no matter where in the world they may be.
If your import or export goods are being held up at the ports for some reason, holding an international conference call between your suppliers, port authorities, legal team, or other interested parties may be all that’s needed to get to the root of the problem and clear up the matter.
How Hong Kong Conference Calls Work
With our international conference calling plans, the participants located in Hong Kong would join your Hong Kong conference call by dialing a local access number for Hong Kong (or a toll free number if you prefer). Meanwhile, your engineers would each be give local or toll free access numbers specific to their own countries.
By issuing regional access numbers, your participants can dial local or toll free numbers to join the Hong Kong conference call. This keeps their costs low (or non-existent) and avoids confusion. Regardless of what access number each participant dials, all calls are forwarded to a central conference room where the call takes place.
Who Pays for Hong Kong Conference Calls?
The account holder is ultimately responsible for paying for Hong Kong conference calls. Each call is billed on a per minute, per person basis based on the specific international calling costs for the countries involved. Generally speaking, toll free access will cost more than local access numbers, and “dial out” (a feature where you dial participants directly and join them to the call) is the least expensive option.
To give you an idea, as of this writing, the per minute rate for Hong Kong conference call participants is just $0.08 per minute while the per minute rate for a USA participant is less than three cents per minute ($0.026). Assuming a 10-minute conference with three participants in Hong Kong and three more in the USA, your Hong Kong conference call would cost just $3.18 — that’s just $2.40 for your Hong Kong participants and $0.78 for your USA participants), everyone dials-in to the call using the Hong Kong toll-free number and the U.S. toll-free access number. The call is billed to the main account holder, not the guests.
When it comes to managing your global supply chain, there will be challenges, issues, and conflicts that will need to be resolved promptly. Having a pay-as-you-go international conferencing plan available to you at any time is a smart move.
How have you used international conferencing to solve a global supply chain issue?
Our rates are highly competitive, and you can choose from toll free or local access.
Working with a virtual team distributed around the globe has its pluses and minuses. On the plus side, you can build a team with the skills and talent it needs regardless of geographic preferences.
For example, if you’re in Hungary, your team might have engineers in Ireland, developers in Japan, accountants in Luxembourg, and sales reps scattered around the world. Thanks to technologies that facilitate group communications, it’s no longer necessary for team members to be seated in the same building — or located in the same country for that matter.
On the minus side, managing individuals from around the globe can be challenging. It’s more difficult to build relationships when team members don’t interact with one another on a regular basis. Getting feedback on ideas doesn’t tend to happen spontaneously because of this lack of interaction. Team members can also feel isolated.
One way to take advantage of the positives and minimize the minuses is with global group calls. Using our virtual team in Hungary as an example, here are a few ways that you could manage your virtual team using international conference calls.
Hold regular virtual team meetings in a group phone call. Relationships build slowly, over time. By meeting in a conference call each week, your team members will have the opportunity to get to know each other, become familiar with each other’s mannerisms, and build empathy toward others as human beings rather than just another name on an email distribution list.
Include icebreakers, team-building activities, brainstorming sessions, and question and answers sessions in your regular meetings to help foster these relationships. These regular group calls can also counter that feeling of isolation some virtual team members get.
Try to create a fair schedule for your group conference calls. As you know, time differences between Hungary and other regions of the world could cause some team members to join the call at an odd hour. While some may not mind a midnight meeting for work, others will resent it — especially if every single conference call is scheduled at such an inconvenient time. One workaround would be to rotate the call’s scheduled time so that the scheduling hardship is shared evenly. Another option would be to record each group conference call so that those who can’t attend due to the odd hour can listen in later.
Global group calls require the use of an international conferencing service so that each participant can conveniently join the call. Our international conferencing service uses PSTN fiber optic networks and supports dozens of countries around the world. Our rates are highly competitive, and you can choose from toll free or local access. If you’re in Hungary, select one of our pay-as-you-go plans and gain access to a cost-effective way to stay in touch with your entire team.
Are you using international conference calls to manage a global team in Hungary or elsewhere?
Depending on where your team members are located, you could issue toll free access numbers or use the optional dial-out feature so that individuals on your team do not incur costs associated with your Croatia conference calls.
The digital world often translates into digital teams made up of individuals from around the world.
These teams use a variety of tools for group collaboration including email, telephone calls, instant messaging, and video and Web-conferencing.
One of the most effective and affordable group collaboration tools available in Croatia and the rest of the world is the humble conference call.
Why Use Global Conference Calls in Croatia Rather than Other Group Collaboration Methods?
While email, one-on-one chats, Web-conferencing and other methods have their time and place, they also have their downsides. For example, it’s difficult to interpret meaning and tone from email messages, and email threads can become hard to follow in a group environment.
Regular phone calls are handy when you have a quick question for just one of your colleagues, but international calling costs are always a concern. Instant messaging has similar issues as email, and both Web- and videoconferencing requires special equipment and/or software.
International conference calls are ideal for real-time collaboration, particularly when you expect there to be a great deal of back and forth between participants. Everyone can hear each other’s tone and verbal cues, helping to avoid misunderstandings. Plus, there’s no special equipment required. Each team member, whether in Croatia or elsewhere, can join the call using their own office phones, home phones, mobile phones, VoIP phones, or landlines.
Group collaboration has become a business norm, and collaborators are often scattered around the world. You could have participants in diverse locations ranging from USA and Canada to Singapore and Croatia. Global audio calls provide you with a virtual conference room where you can share ideas, ask questions, brainstorm, and get your work accomplished.
If you have a team that’s working in multiple countries such as USA and Croatia, global audio calls can help keep those important work relationships strong and ensure an open line of communication. Here’s what you need to get started hosting your own global audio calls:
Toll Free International Conference Calling — The first order of business is to sign up for one of our toll free international conference calling plans. Our competitive international rates and our pay-as-you-go structure work together to ensure an affordable global conferencing solution. You can set up an international audio conference room and then use it as needed, paying only for the minutes you and your teammates use.
Global Access Numbers — Global access numbers set international conference calls apart from domestic ones. For example, if you’re in the United States but your team is located in Croatia, global conferencing access numbers will be provided that are regional, local, or toll free for each participant. You would access the global audio call using a USA access number while those in Croatia would dial a toll free access number in Croatia. This keeps costs down for participants while also making dialing into your group audio call second nature. There’s no need to worry about country codes, exit codes, or operator assistance. Just dial in and start collaborating.
Audio Quality — Audio quality is one of the most important things to look for in an international audio conference service. Though your callers may be located half a world away, they should sound as if they’re in the same building. Some global conferencing providers use VoIP (we don’t) to keep their rates down. However, there’s a price for that: substandard audio quality. We use modern PSTN fiber optic telecommunications networks and the same conferencing bridge technologies as AT&T to deliver crystal clear audio quality and reliable service no matter where in the world each call originates.
Ease of Use — Global audio calls work best and are used more often if they’re easy to use. With our international conferencing service, callers in Croatia and around the world can dial in using any type of phone. We also have a live conference viewer and free Connect app that you can use to manage your call in real time. These apps feature one-click line muting, MP3 recording, security features like lock out, moderator dial out, and more.
What You Need to Hold International Conference Calls in Croatia
However, for international teams, you’ll need an international conferencing service rather than your basic domestic phone service. For example, if you’re located in Croatia and you have team members located in Latvia, Italy, Canada, Mexico, and China, your fellow team members may have trouble dialing into a standard Croatia conference call.
Each would need to look up and dial their respective country’s exit code followed by the country code for Croatia. From there, they’d dial your domestic access number — that is, if they bother to do so due to concerns about incurring hefty long distance tolls.
What about giving them your toll free number in order to access your international group collaboration call? That would work for participants who are also located in Croatia, but your toll free number would not work for participants located outside of the country.
Thus, you’ll need to use an international conferencing service that provides either toll free or local access numbers for the countries your colleagues are located in (in this case, Latvia, Italy, Canada, Mexico, and China).
Our international conferencing plans (which are available with no contracts on a month-to-month, pay-as-you-go basis) are the perfect solution for international group collaboration.
Depending on where your team members are located, you could issue toll free access numbers or use the optional dial-out feature so that individuals on your team do not incur costs associated with your Croatia conference calls.
Hosting group conference calls in Croatia is easy, affordable, and effective for distributed teams. How have you used group collaboration calls with your virtual team?