Making a Conference Call With Google Voice

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It is very easy to set up and manage an audio conference call with Google Voice. I fact, you do not even have to intend on starting a conference, because each Google Voice call can be made a conference call. Note that this is not for video conferencing calls. You will get more than two people communicating with voice. 

What You Require

You require nothing more than your phone or any other device that allows you to make and receive Google Voice calls.

You of course also require being a Google Voice user, which at this time, forces you to be in the US and Canada, as people outside these two countries cannot register for a Google Voice number. 

How to Make the Conference Call

Prior to the call, you need to inform all your participants to call you on your Google Voice number at the agreed time. You first need to enter into a phone conversation with one of them, by either having them call you or you calling them, through Google Voice. Once you are on the call, you can add the other participants to the call when they dial in. To do so, there is one simple step: press 5. And that’s it, you are conferencing.

The Limitations

Google Voice is not primarily a conferencing service, so you should not expect much from it. Rather, one should use it as a simple and easy way to talk in a group.

That group can have only four persons, including you. Also, there is no tool for managing the conference call and its participants, like full-fledged conference tools have.

Also, there is no possibility to record a conference call with Google Voice, although this is possible with a one-to-one normal call. However, you can use third party apps to record the call. 

There is also no facility to schedule the conference call and have the participants invited in advance through email and other ways.

 

There are so many interesting and useful features in other conference calling tools that Google Voice's conferencing features shines more through their absence than through the service itself. Google Voice integrates your smartphone and allows you to use many kinds of phones, which would be reasons to have you use it as a central calling service. Else, Skype or tools of the like are better options for conference calling

One good thing about holding conference calls with Google Voice is that calls within the US and Canada are free over GV. Skype and other purely VoIP service also allow free calls, but only through VoIP apps and softphones. Google Voice allows you to talk to people using a real phone number (your Google number) and not all participants need to be using VoIP or Internet calling.