PROS / If you schedule your conference ahead of time, you can host an unlimited number of participants.
CONS / It does not allow for multiple-host controls.
VERDICT / AT Conference is a basic phone conference service that lets you easily hold conference calls and host meetings. While its features are limited, this service meets the needs of most small businesses, and you only pay for the minutes you use.
AT Conference is a basic conference call service. It offers the standard features to schedule and host phone meetings for individuals worldwide. The service has several tools for sharing files and encouraging participation in conference calls, and it also offers outstanding customer support. However, if you are looking for an audio conferencing service with advanced features, you may be disappointed.
Reservationless conference calls are best for impromptu, smaller meetings. With these calls, you receive toll-free dialing and international access. You can schedule a phone meeting at any time of the day with up to 100 participants. However, if you schedule your call with AT Conference ahead of time, you can host an unlimited amount of people on your call. This is useful because you don’t have to worry about limiting the guest list when hosting a large event. AT Conference offers pay-as-you-go pricing. While its per-minute rates are higher than other services, it is a good choice if you don't frequently make conference calls.
This provider offers operator-assisted conference calls. If you schedule an operator-assisted conference call, there is no limit to the number of attendees you can have. Operators sit in and manage your call to ensure everything goes smoothly. These calls are ideal if you plan on large meetings and are hesitant about running a successful call on your own.
You can also record your phone conference and replay it later. AT Conference will also send you a phone conference usage report, which provides details on all of your calls, including how many people joined and the total call minutes.
The meetings you schedule using AT Conference can last as long as the host deems necessary. You also have the option to dial out and bring attendees into a meeting. While you must contact support to enable this feature, once enabled, it will be available for all future conference calls. It does not, however, allow for the conference call presenter to pass control to the guests, and it doesn't support multi-party video conferencing.
If you are hosting an online conference using your computer instead of a desk phone, this teleconferencing service makes it possible for you to upload documents before the meeting and share them in real time during the conference. You can share a desktop, and all participants view the same documents, applications or windows that are on display. As the host, you have full control of what the participants view and what application is open on the desktop; however, you can't share the host controls with others during your call.
The interactive capabilities are easy to locate and use. Hosts and presenters can create online polls and use several features such as virtual hand raising, chats and surveys. However, there are no whiteboard tools.
This company offers telephone, email and live chat support. You can also find a variety of online resources, including user guides, keypad command shortcuts, video tutorials and FAQs on the company's website. If you have problems or questions, you should be able to find an answer through a support representative.
AT Conference provides most of the features you need to host a successful conference call. You can dial locally or internationally and make reservationless or operator-assisted calls. It would be helpful if the service supported more participants on reservationless phone calls and allowed you to pass presenter controls. AT Conference is a strong choice for your basic conference calls but not much else.