Teleconference Service for How You Work
When you can’t be in the same room or even in the same city, Zoom’s teleconferencing service helps you connect with high-quality audio and video, plus essential business collaboration features.
Host a free teleconference with video today.
What is teleconferencing?
A teleconference is a live meeting that takes place between multiple people in different locations over a video or audio call. Traditionally, the word teleconference has been synonymous with telephone conference calls, but it has grown to include the use of video communications to connect. Here’s a look at both audio and video teleconferencing.
An audio teleconference can use traditional phone lines or voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technology. Usually, meeting participants dial in to a conference bridge, which allows more than two people to connect.
The advantage of an audio teleconference is that it doesn’t require special technology. Participants can use any device that supports telephony, whether it’s a landline, mobile phone, or even a tablet or laptop with a softphone.
Adding video to the traditional teleconference meeting enables stronger connections between participants. When a face-to-face meeting isn’t an option, seeing attendees over video lets you build trust and gives you insight into their level of engagement.
Video teleconferencing services can also include features like screen sharing, co-annotation tools, and in-meeting chat, which improve your ability to collaborate. With Zoom’s Audio Plan add-on, you can offer a dial-in option so participants can call in for free, providing greater flexibility for all your meeting
Advantages of teleconferencing
Teleconference services offer many benefits for the modern distributed workforce.
When you have clients and colleagues in different offices, a teleconference is often more convenient and efficient than meeting face to face.
Traveling to an in-person meeting across town or across the country can be costly and take valuable time out of your employees’ day. Instead, you can set up a free teleconference over Zoom and connect participants in an instant, regardless of location.
When you need to make a quick decision or have a nuanced conversation, simply get all stakeholders on a teleconference and discuss the details in real time.
Video helps hosts and participants connect, build relationships, maintain high levels of engagement, and collaborate on projects. A Zoom survey found that 95% of people that switched to Zoom Meetings for video conferencing reported a greater sense of trust, and 93% reported a greater sense of engagement.
With Zoom, enterprise collaboration features are at your fingertips, so you can easily share documents or proposals and instantly make changes or give feedback.
How do you start a teleconference?
It’s easy to start a free teleconference on Zoom.
- First, you’ll need a Zoom account. Sign up at zoom.us/signup.
- Start a meeting by clicking Host a Meeting on the Zoom website, going to zoom.us/meeting, or clicking New Meeting on your Zoom desktop client. You can also schedule a meeting for later.
- Invite others to join. Click the Participants icon at the bottom, and click Invite. From the Invite window, you can select from your contacts, send an invitation via email, or copy your invite link and share it in email or chat. You can also share your meeting ID and passcode.
- Learn how to help keep your teleconference secure by requiring a passcode, enabling the Waiting Room, and locking your meeting.
How to join a teleconference
If you’ve been invited to a teleconference on Zoom Meetings, there are a few different ways you can join.
If your host sent you an email invite to a Zoom Meeting, simply click the link in the email and follow the prompts to launch Zoom.
Go to zoom.us/join and enter the meeting ID and passcode provided by the host.
Zoom desktop client
Open the desktop client and click Join a Meeting, or sign in and click Join. Enter the meeting ID and passcode provided by the host.
If your meeting invite provided a dial-in, you can call the teleconferencing number to join by telephone. Enter the meeting ID when prompted.
Our Zoom Basic plan offers free teleconferencing service:
- Host up to 100 participants
- Unlimited meetings for up to 40 minutes
Our free Zoom Basic plan also includes the following for your video teleconference:
- Local recording
- Screen sharing
- Co-annotation tools
- Breakout Rooms
- Virtual backgrounds
- Video filters
- Enhanced security like 256-bit AES GCM encryption for real-time content in meetings, and optional end-to-end encryption
- Waiting Rooms
- Pin or Spotlight multiple participants
With our Zoom Basic plan, you’ll have everything you need to host an unlimited number of audio or video teleconference meetings with up to 100 participants for up to 40 minutes a meeting. Need more time and functionality? Upgrade to a Zoom Pro plan and get more time to meet, cloud recording, polling, reporting, and other capabilities.
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