All I want to do is zoom-a-zoom-zoom-zoom
June 5, 2019 10:22 PM   Subscribe

I need a videoconferencing option with special, specific snowflakes inside.

I need to find videoconferencing that is inexpensive or free AND also has available an inexpensive or free toll-free number that someone not videoconferencing could call-in with. Zoom is out as it has a 'local' number not local to me (San Jose area code) as the call-in for those not online. Their toll-free number option is $$$$. Similarly, Google Hangouts has a call-in number as well, but it is a 'local' number not local to me as well. So not an option. I can't seem to find any videoconferencing software that fits my needs. Suggestions?
posted by Toddles to Technology (6 answers total)
You can use Google Voice to make free or very low cost long distance calls into the Zoom access number.
posted by alittleknowledge at 10:39 PM on June 5, 2019

Response by poster: Not to thread sit, but I want to clarify that folks who will be calling in will be using a landline. So Google Voice or other internet options are not available.
posted by Toddles at 10:40 PM on June 5, 2019

I think the UberConference integration with Google Hangouts gave you a fixed call-in number, rather than a random one each time. Maybe specifying the area code is an option.
posted by ottereroticist at 12:02 AM on June 6, 2019

GotoMeeting free trial?
posted by notjustthefish at 5:25 AM on June 6, 2019

bluejeans has a tollfree call in number feature. They do not have a 'free' plan, but only the 'host' needs to subscribe, the attendees would be free.
posted by edman at 12:13 PM on June 6, 2019

Full disclaimer, I work at this company...but conferencing is what we do. I'm in the operations/infrastructure side of the organization.

There is a free option, but it does not meet your criteria of free toll-free dial-in access. It does include local US access numbers (in many markets) and some international. The $12/month option has a Call Me option, where the conference can dial out to a participant.

This might be obvious knowledge, but the conferencing provider is the one being charged for the toll-free number usage. Finding a conferencing provider who gives out toll-free dial-in access for free is definitely a challenge.

You can view the plans and pricing here or just search for GlobalMeet.
posted by spbb at 1:41 PM on June 6, 2019 [2 favorites]

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