A colleague recently alerted me to this Twitpic photo taken by Andrew Back of a book page showing 1982 teleconferencing costs. A three way call could cost up to £250 a go! Just think of the pressure on you to say something worthwhile!!
Teleconferencing still isn’t that cheap. At UKOLN we use BT Conferencing for conference calls and expect to pay approximately £50 for a 3 line 30 minute call.
Despite the rise in use of VOIP conference calls continue to be a fact of life at most organisations that employ remote workers. The key is to get the most we can out of them. I wrote some suggestions on how to do this back in September 2008 – All the Fun of a Phone Conference.