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$4 Billion In Savings For Businesses

The average conference call lasts 33 minutes and has six participants. At an average price of 16 cents per minute per caller, businesses are paying $4 billion per year for this essential voice service. Today we're announcing a pilot program to make conference calling free for a global audience. This won't please the telecom titans who profit from this service, but businesses should relish this newfound savings and freedom to communicate without worrying about costs.

SIPphone is partnering with FreeConferenceCall to let any U.S. telephone and any PC user worldwide participate in high-quality conference calls with up to 10 participants per call and a maximum of 6 hours per call. This service is available with no monthly fees, no setup fees, no per minute charges - no charges whatsoever.

To use the service, users simply visit FreeConferenceCall and sign up for a free dial-in number and access code. They can use this info to join a call from any U.S. phone. International callers can download Gizmo Project for Linux, Windows or Mac and dial "fcc" or "freeconferencecall" and enter in the same access code to participate in the conference. Those with an actual SIP phone can dial 1-747-555-CONF (2663) and the access code.

FreeConferenceCall is a company started in 2001 by free calling pioneer David Erickson. With a focus on the U.S. market, they've grown quickly and now deliver 2% of the 25 billion-minute conferencing market. By partnering with SIPphone, FreeConferenceCall is extending their offering to a worldwide audience. Any user connected to the Internet can join those US callers in a free conference call. This is how I do all conference calls and the call quality is superb even when there's a mix of PC and traditional telephone users.

As you probably surmise, it's the standard SIP protocol that makes this expansion possible. David, at FreeConferenceCall predicts his business will grow to handle 10% of all conference calls by the end of 2007. I think he's underestimating the growth he will see, because there's no reason every business shouldn't begin taking advantage of this service immediately and shave billions off their costs. Give this service a try from any traditional phone or PC and I think you'll agree. It's also another example of how all calls will soon be free as the world moves to VOIP (voice over IP).

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