International Conference Call Cost
- Below is an example of an international
conference call with attendees located in multiple countries.
The example below does not include the savings possible
if the participant/s can dial-in using their own VoIP connection from their country such as Skype or other IP phone
To estimate your costs, determine the following
- 1 The estimated
'length' in minutes of your conference call
2 The 'total'
number of participants including the host
3 A list of
the countries that will be connecting to the call
After you determine the above items, find the 'per minute rate' for each of the Toll Free countries where the participants
are dialing in from. Use this rates list.
4 Participant Conference Call
- 4 participants, 4 countries
- 20 minute conference call
- The chairperson chooses to add the China attendee
into the call using the dial-out feature.
(1 attendee Denmark toll-free) 0.12 x 20 minutes = $2.40
(1 attendee Luxembourg toll-free) 0.10 x 20 minutes = $2.00
(1 attendee U.S. toll-free) 0.039 x 20 minutes = $0.78
(1 attendee China dial-out) 0.09 x 20 minutes - = $1.80
Access costs = US $ 6.98
- Your conference call guests can join your international conference call using
any of these entry options
International Toll Free access from dozens of countries
the host can dial-out to any guests phone, in any country
attendee can dial-in using Skype or any IP phone service directly to the supplied U.S. bridge phone number
Any connection type can be used on the same conference call without disturbing the call in progress.
an example, one of your participants can join your call from Australia using the Australia Toll Free number.
On the same conference call, the chairperson could dial-out to participants in China or Ireland -or any
country using the optional dial-out feature.
Another guest can dial-in using their own VoIP connection from any country.
We send you a standard U.S. access number which can be dialed from any country.
Most customers enjoy using the Toll Free access numbers because of the convenience to the international participants.
In fact the majority of international conference calls are normally international 'Toll Free' access conferences.
- If your conference meeting has guests located in a country on the
Toll Free country list, then you do not need the other access options.
That said, there are situations that require the use of the 'Dial-Out'.
For instance, a participant that may be located in a country that does not have a Toll Free access number
and you may not want that participant to join your call using the supplied U.S. toll number.
The Dial-Out feature enables the host to use our conferencing facility to dial the attendee and place he/she into
When the attendee receives a Dial-Out call from the host, it is an 'inbound' call to that participant. No passcodes
are necessary for that dial-out attendee to enter. They just answer the phone when it rings and they have joined
- Using Skype or other VoIP provider to access your conference call
- Another strategy used by some of our customers is to ask a participant to access our conferencing
bridge number directly from their country using Skype or some equivalent VoIP service that may be available to
Your cost would be reduced because the Toll Free rate from their country would no longer be in the equation. It
would be replaced with 0.049 cents
per minute (4.9 cents).
Any of your participants that have access to a cheap method to call the
USA can dial-in directly to our U.S. conference bridge as an alternative to using the supplied Toll Free access
number for their country. Participants that dial-in with Skype or another local service may be charged a fee by
their VoIP or long distance provider.
Consider using the optional 'dial-out'
feature if a toll free number is not listed for a country where your participant is located, or for cost savings.
The dial-out rates are typically lower than Toll Free access rates depending on the country.
Conference Call Plan
Free Countries and Rates
» How the Dial-Out
» Conference Call Recording
Simply exchange the per minute rates shown in the example with
the rates corresponding to the countries from where your conferees will use the Toll
Free access numbers.
If the chairperson uses the dial-out feature to connect an attendee to a conference, the dial-out to that participant
is an 'inbound' call to that conferee's phone. The participant does no dialing and simply picks up the ringing
phone to hear, speak and be heard.
- Leader Dial-Out Feature
The dial-out rate schedule
typically has lower rates than International Toll Free access rates depending on the country location.
The example on the left
is presented as a basis in determining
the costs for an international conference call.
Since the country locations of your participants will probably be different than the example, simply replace the
example countries and rates with your conference call requirements.
The Host of the conference call pays the Toll Free access rates and dial-out
costs, if there were any.