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  • FreeConference calls - a site that let you make free telephone conference calls -- apparently is no longer free. At least I could not find where to call for free. Is there a recommended alternative for free conference calls? I tried one that lifehacker recommended, but we were cut off after four minutes. Any suggestions?

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    Question by kevin kelly

I have had amazing luck for many years with freeconferencecallhd.com

Better than any other provider I've used at any price.

Answer by dylanhthomas

I have often used and enjoyed the ease-of-use of UberConference. I also just heard about a new service that sounds like a winner, though I can't vouch for it yet: Biba.

Answer by mfitz

www.freeconferencecall.com is still free for the most useful services, and it has done me very well for ad hoc conferences. Useful feature: the recordings are clear and easy to download.

Answer by paulehoffman

Google Hangouts can be used for conference calls. You can't do a dial-in number, but you can start a hangout and add everyone by phone. The advantage is that you can also support people who can do video conferencing. The hangout can be recorded to YouTube and privately distributed from there.

I've actually used it to record a dial-in conference call. You start the hangout, then invite the dial-in number. There's a keypad in the interface so you can enter the meeting code. It introduces a quarter-second delay, but nobody has ever noticed it.

Answer by shaftway

UberConference is a well-designed site offering a great service with great usability:

  • you can save the contacts that you invite to calls
  • when you, or your contacts call in from a number on record, no PIN is required
  • during the call, the web page shows who is talking (useful for large conferences or new contacts)
  • the service sends out email reminders immediately prior to the scheduled call time
  • the basic service is free, and you can pay for additional functionality, like recording the calls
Answer by j_l_w

I've used freeconference.com for many years and I'm sort of amazed it is still around. The "Reservationless Standard" features are robust and I never had a problem with it. Recommended!

Answer by james_weissman

I was using Freeconference.com for many years as well, but when I went back this week to use it, the calling number I had was no longer working nor could I find it on the site.

What number do you use to make calls?

Answer by kevin kelly

I've recently come across AnyMeeting.com - they support up to 200 participants on a free conference call number and/or web meeting platform (like webex/gotomeeting). You get a static ("reservationless") conference number/pin. The free web portion is ad supported (no ads if you pay), has screen sharing, polls, text chat, etc, and allows video for up to 6 of the participants (everyone else is just audio via telephone or web).

If you're hosting a public webinar, the service makes it easy to allow people to pre-register, optionally pay, and then take post-event surveys or conduct other follow-up. The only missing feature I see is the thing on webex/gotomeeting where it tells you which participant is currently speaking (so you can find and mute background-noise offenders); but it does allow you to mute all participants, requiring them to unmute themselves to speak.

The free option doesn't support call recording, but you can find other screen/audio recording tools to fill that void if needed.

So far I've only tested between a few computers and phones, and after a minor speedbump it worked great. I even got very rapid email tech support when I submitted a question/issue - and this is on the free option. Reviews are mixed on the web, but it's definitely worth a look.

Answer by aberson
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