Calling rates for a conference call from Australia are among the lowest
in the world.
This is good news if you're accustomed to holding conference calls in
the U.S. as your budget for the call will be similar to what you're used to.
For example, if this is likely to be a one-time international call, you might be better off paying slightly more
per minute for a "pay as you go" plan.
After all, if you'll never need to host a conference call from Australia again, why should you continue paying
for a monthly service that you'll use just once?
You'll probably want to find a service provider that does not require making a reservation with an operator.
Once you have an international conference calling service provider lined up, you'll then need to schedule the call
with your participants. Before you do, get organized.
Create a list of all participants along with their locations. If everyone is based in Australia or the United States,
it'll be a little easier than if participants are scattered around the globe. For example, if all participants
are located in Australia, you'll need just one toll free Australian phone number for your participants.
On the other hand, if some participants are in the United States, Australia, Germany, and China, then you'll need
toll free numbers for each country.
When other countries are involved, not only will you need additional toll free numbers, you'll need to pay more
attention to rates as rates can vary dramatically between countries. For example, you may pay between seven and
nine cents per minute for US and Australian callers and well over forty cents per minute for Chinese participants.
When you host a conference call from Australia with other countries involved, you may find that it makes sense
to "dial out" to callers located elsewhere in the world. If your conference calling service provider
offers a dial-out feature, take the time to find out if it might be less expensive to set this option up for some
An important consideration when involved with a conference call from Australia is the teleconference's time and
date. Because the United States and Australia are on opposite sides of the International Date Line, not only do
you need to consider the time differences in terms of the time of the call, but the date as well. For example,
if you want to hold the conference call in Sydney, Australia at 7:30 AM on June 10th, your callers in the United
States will call at different times (such as 4:30 PM in Chicago) on June 9th because Australia is a day ahead of
the United States.
Once the call's start time arrives, all attendees dial a toll free access number that's local for their countries.
For instance, callers in the U.S. will dial a familiar 800 number without having to worry about how to dial an
Australian phone number. Each caller enters a Passcode that you will be provided by the conference call company
and the call begins.
Despite the challenges of scheduling a conference call amongst callers from around the world, providing callers
with toll free phone numbers is easier than it sounds. In the case of Australian attendees, look for an international
conference call provider that offers a toll free Australia access number and plan features that appeal to you.
Many providers offer tools that make scheduling international calls and comparing rates a snap.
AIT offers international conference calling
for dozens of countries. With low rates, a dial-out option, and features that make it easy to host or participate
in a conference call from Australia as well as a variety of convenient "no contract" plans, international
conference calls with AIT are easy and affordable.
If you're involved in a conference call from Australia, you'll need a way to provide international callers with
toll free access to the teleconference. Fortunately, it's not overly difficult to do, even if you have callers
participating from around the globe.