Any recommendations for inexpensive conference calling and screen-sharing?
I've used UberConference, Google+ Hangouts, and Join.me, and all have their issues. UberConference's web UI is not good, it lacks flexibility for scheduling, and often has call quality issues. Hangouts is okay, but won't work for phone-only conferences. Join.me has a phone bridge, but requires that the host fire up the meeting on a computer.
Requirements would be:
- Dial-in number
- Web or mobile app for my international users
- Scheduling recurring meetings
- Relatively low cost for about 50 people
- Screen sharing is a big plus, but not a blocker
Notifications and automatic dialing out (like UberConference) would be a plus. So would Calendar integration. (We use Google Calendar right now.)
You may try R-HUB TurboMeeting for web and HD video conferencing which supports unlimited users. It provides features such as easy desktop sharing with option to record the meeting. It is an on-premise solution thus completely secure. Also, it is cost-effective as you have to pay only once and you have complete control over it. There are no recurring fees.
The good news is that there is a mobile app that can connect 500+ participants on one call without dialing a conference bridge or entering a PIN, and it’s called grptalk.
In fact, many of our clients use grptalk to host calls with a large audience. Currently, our record for a single conference call stands at 15,208 participants.
Please check out my earlier answers on grptalk to understand the product and its features.
If you're looking for a package, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope this helps.
For inexpensive conference calling and screen-sharing, I would recommend using tools like on-premise R-HUB web video conferencing servers. It is only a one-time cost and works on all platforms viz Windows, MAC, Android, iOS, etc.
Mind that the DTMF mixed quality BADLY affects your communications. I have a real story for you; I'm calling one of my banks, they Rep is transferring me to a robot to enter my pin #... I'm entering it, and the robot can't understand the pin. The robot says to enter again... after 3 tries it gives up. ...., and it does not understand your commands due to the line in not DTMF. You must troubleshoot DTMF problems with your VoIP connection through route-test.com. They offer a free testing credits. You can find the solution quickly. #VoIP
Why not try EZTalks, which offers free 3 user account without features compromised. It also offers other packages like 10/30/50/100 attendees account with rich function, like
HD Video and audio
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I am fond of clickmeeting.com or their sister company clickwebinar.com, they are both good. And the price is reasonable per month.
freeconferencecall.com is great for allowing yout record calls that can easily be turned into podcasts. I've had some good and bad luck with google hangouts. They were best with a smaller group. I use Skype daily for international one on one calls.
Hi Jake - I suggest we talk. I work for Premiere Global Services and we're the 2nd largest conferencing provider in the world. Rather than trying to piece a solution together from multiple vendors, allow me to show you what you're looking for here. Feel free to review my profile to see more. Looking forward to helping you with this.
Hi Jake, I'd recommend Cisco WebEx, they have affordable plans (free, for as few as 3 attendees at a time) for $19 - $39 per month for an annual plan where you can have as many as 8 - 25 attendees / $69 per month annual for 100 people per mtg. Since I worked for Cisco WebEx in the past, I sold the platform on the basis of its secure connection w/encryption and rich feature set. Other free platforms are broadcast via the internet (not secure), while you and your attendees in a WebEx session are secure on their network once in a session (i.e. not exposed via the internet, no uninvited attendees). Depending upon your needs, you can purchase their service online and pick the platform that best suits/meets your needs. Happy to help, but do keep in mind, cheap is not always best in the case especially if you need to impress an audience of 50 or so. Sean
As others have mentioned, Freeconferencecall.com works well for conference calls. I've started using Fuze for webinars/screen sharing.
You want to look at two different solutions. Your conference calling solution would be focused on phone quality and ease, so will likely be different from your webinar solution - you can sacrifice some ease (more steps to connect, etc.) for the additional benefits.