Audio Conferencing offers toll-free conference call numbers for domestic and international access in well over 70 nations. You decide if and when toll-free or local numbers are best for your conferencing needs.
Toll-free numbers used to be really attractive because they let callers dial-in for free instead of the call costing them long distance. But the economics of telephone services and calls have changed a lot in recent years. With mobile phones, cloud voice providers and most carriers abandoning per-minute charges for flat-rate unlimited national calling plans, the need for toll-free number is lessened but still very prevalent.
A “toll-free number” includes any numbers with prefix; 800, 888, 877 and now even 866 or 855. The cost for toll-free conferencing numbers are always billed to the host in per minute / per caller rates. A local number has a regular area-code and can cause the caller to incur long-distance fees as determined with their own long-distance telephone service plan.
The field is divided almost down the middle. While most of us don’t pay long distance charges from our phones anymore, many users still feel a toll-free number is the proper way of offering business calls and a required courtesy for customers and clients.