Rate hikes for using teleconference lines?

Friday, November 7th, 2008 | technology with
Posted by: Kristen Beireis, Trust Marketing Expert

Last week, Cindy Morus of Mend Your Money (http://www.mendyourmoney.com or http://twitter.com/moneymender) was nice enough to share her recent struggle with the telephone company.  Here’s what she said:

“Hi, my local telco just cancelled my long distance because I was calling in to conference lines for teleclasses. Now, they want to charge me 10 cents per minute!”

Wassup with that?!  This could be a serious problem for all coaches (and other online entrepreneurs) who use teleconference lines for classes and seminars.  It’s possible that all of a sudden our clients will run into the same issue?  The coaching industry relies on free bridge lines for a good percentage of their work.  So, this could be devastating.

Is there a solution?  One solution is Skype.  You can still use your free bridgeline to host the call and your attendees can use Skype to call in.  Your attendees WILL have to pay a fee, but it’s only $0.02 to call in from the USA & Canada.  Most other areas in the world are between $0.01 and $0.03 a minute.  So, it’s a very inexpensive way for people to join the call if the phone companies are going to go to $0.10 a minute.  Now, I do want to warn you that there are some bridge lines that can’t handle Skype (or other VOIP services) very well.  Ask your bridgeline provider if they are Skype or VOIP safe.  If they have no idea what you are talking about, you may want to switch providers.

There’s also http://www.oovoo.com.  They have a $5/month for 500 minutes of calling from computer to phone, anywhere in the US and Canada.  For $15/month you can get unlimited minutes.  Thanks to Brit Rock for that suggestion on Twitter (http://twitter.com/Britrock).

Are there other solutions?  Do you have a suggestion?  Please leave a comment and let’s create a list of options for coaches.



Comments

  1. 1
    Lissa Boles // November 7th, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Yikes! So regular phone service provider wanted to ding her $0.10/minute for her use of a free bridge line?

    And how do they even know it’s a bridge line that was called?

    Thanks for the heads up. Love the idea of a list and will review my resources and pop back.

  2. 2
    Cindy Morus, The Money Mender // November 10th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Yes, it’s true. So, I thought I’d use GetPennyTalk.com and they won’t let me do it either!

    I guess I’ll try Skype next.

    I think they’re watching the area code plus the next 3 digits and they know they are conference lines so they block it (or charge you a fortune).

    Cindy

  3. 3
    Cindy Morus, The Money Mender // November 12th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Here’s another update. I’m going to switch to VOIP with my local ISP.

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