A conference call is a telephone call in which the calling party wishes to have more than one called party listen in to the audio portion of the call. The conference calls may be designed to allow the called party to participate during the call, or the call may be set up so that the called party merely listens into the call and cannot speak. It is often referred to as an ATC
Conference calls can be designed so that the calling party calls the other participants and adds them to the call. In most cases, the participants are able call into the conference call themselves. They do so either by dialing into a "conference bridge", or by using a special telephone number set up for that purpose
Most companies use a specialized service provider for conference calls. These service providers maintain the conference bridge, and provide the phone numbers used to access the meeting or conference ca
Three-way calling is available (usually at an extra charge) for most customers on their home or office phone line. To three way call you call the first person you wish to talk to. Then you must press the flash button and dial the other person's phone number. While it is ringing press flash again. This will put your three people together. This option allows callers to add a second outgoing call to an already connected call
Today, video conference is widely available to most anyone, as the required equipment is much cheaper. Unfortunately not a lot of people still take advantage of this technological convenience. A lot of people do not know that they are actually capable of doing it at all. Many do not know how to handle a video conference call. The truth is, it is
video conferencing is very easy with a few basic knowledge.
To handle a video conference call, one should have the right set-up. First you have to have a working computer with a decent Internet subscription. You also need an audio system, a video system, and an integrator.
For the common video conference setup, it is enough to use a computer that has been bought not more than three years ago. An older system can probably still work but it might not be able handle calls that require more stability and clarity. The internet connection should be higher than 56 kbps (kilobits per second), most computer experts would recommend speeds of about 512 kbps the usual speed offered by cable and DSL providers, but for real, hardcore video conference calls, a T1 connection would be excellent.
One should also have a good audio setup since video conferencing involves talking. What is needed is a microphone which comes quite cheaply from any computer accessories store. One may also want to purchase internet phones which work like regular telephones but are connected to the computer instead of a phone line. Internet phones work using a system called VoIP which takes advantage of the world wide reaching capabilities of the internet at cheaper rates than regular overseas telephone calls.
Since video conference is about video, it would not be complete without a video camera. Video conferencing cameras, or web cams, are widely available and very cheap.
To handle a video conference call, one would use video conference software or an instant messaging program. The most popular ones are Microsoft NetMeeting and GnomeMeeting.