Understanding Your Conference Call Plan Options

By Jamie Davidson · July 19, 2016

If you’re new to conferencing services, you might be wondering – who pays for a conference call? What do call rates mean for you as the host, and for your important guests joining your meeting?

It’s crucial to know what your costs will look like and what your participants can expect before you host a call.

Determining who pays for a conference call

Toll-free versus toll conference calls. What’s the difference?

If you offer a toll-free conference call, you’ll shoulder any call costs for your guests. They won’t have to worry about long-distance charges or racking up minutes. Those costs will be passed on to you instead, and their call will be completely free for them.

If you choose to offer a toll dial-in number instead, your callers will dial into a standard U.S. area code number. Their phone provider may or may not charge them for the call, based on their calling plan. Today, most cell phone plans include unlimited long-distance calling, so offering a regular toll number may not be a burden for your callers and will reduce your overall costs. Determine which option will be most appropriate for your group before hosting a call.

Per-minute or unlimited use rates

Various conferencing providers offer different rate plans. But standard across the industry are Per Minute/Per Caller Rates. For example, if you host 5 people for 60 minutes, and your calling rate is 2 cents/per minute/per caller. Your call cost will be $6.00. If you have an Unlimited Use Plan, however, you won’t be charged by the minute. Talk to your conferencing provider to determine which type of plan will be most efficient for your needs.

Your conferencing service provider

If you choose to host your call on a premium conference calling service such as Vast Conference, you’ll have peace of mind when it comes to connection quality and call management. You’ll also have access to recording and scheduling features too. These tools allow you to focus on your call instead of connectivity issues or complicated setup.

Determine what makes the most sense for your business

Does your company need to present a no-cost option to callers? Or would a regular local dial-in be just as good? Check with your provider to find the best plan for you and your callers.

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