Low Cost Conference Calls

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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In a world which takes "you get what you pay for" as a personal mantra, finding reliable, quality audio service at discount prices can make business professionals wary. "What's wrong with it?" we ask when staring down a good deal. We often assume that if something is low cost, it must therefore be flawed, or second rate.

Happily, when it comes to low cost conference calls, this need not be true. Granted, the conference call services of the "big names" of telecommunications can be expensive, but there are plenty of top quality solutions that provide comparable services at drastic discounts. In fact, many of the most popular and reliable audio and web conferencing service providers are among the least expensive, thanks to the thousands of calls they handle for businesses across the country, and across the globe.

Pricing: What Are You Paying For?

When researching audio and web conferencing providers, do your homework. Check their charges for calls made by the minute, what their fees are for operator assisted calls, and whether they provide volume discounts for businesses that rely upon conferencing capabilities daily and weekly. You may be shocked at the lack of difference between the quality and options of the "big names" and the more humbly-named providers. Sure, sometimes telecommunications companies charge more because their services are superior. But a lot of the time, they charge more because they have million dollar advertising and image campaigns to maintain. Make sure you know what you're buying.

Of course, price-breaks are only a good value if the service provided is top notch. Ask to see client lists, and whether they have positive client referrals or testimonials. Check, too, for back-up system redundancies, and always investigate their position on customer privacy. With proper research, and a firm understanding of the quality delivered, smart businesses find top-rate services at bargain-basement prices.

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