TurboBridge offers the ability to initiate an outbound phone call to a party that you would like to invite to participate in an in-progress conference call. You must contact TurboBridge in advance to activate Dial-Out on your account. This feature can be useful in certain situations:
How It Works. You initiate the Dial-Out invitation in one of two ways:
The person who answers the phone will hear a recorded voice announcement, "You have been invited to join a conference call. To join the conference, press 1". If the party does not press 1, the call will be terminated and the party will not be placed into the conference. There is no status information communicated to the conference host if the party doesn't join the conference, which could result from numerous factors:
A future enhancement will allow you to screen Dial-Out invitations; you will be able to engage in a private conversation with the Dial-Out party prior to being placed into the conference call. However, the current feature does not have this capability – there is no voice connection between the host and the called party. After entering the destination phone number via the Keypad Command *95, the host is immediately returned into the live conference. If the Dial-Out participant accepts the invitation, she will join the conference call in progress. If the Dial-Out call fails for any reason, no notification will be relayed to the host – the invited participant simply will not arrive into the conference call.
Pricing. You will be charged 2.9¢ per minute for domestic USA participants who join your conference calls via the Dial-Out feature. The per-minute rates to connect participants in other countries are higher and vary by destination. Please contact us for rates to other destinations.
Warning The Dial-Out feature, if enabled on your TurboBridge account, could be used to place long distance calls through your conference bridge at your expense. Anybody who knows your Conference ID and Host PIN could use the Dial-Out feature to make outbound calls to multiple phone numbers, who are connected via your conference bridge. The Dial-Out feature is NOT enabled on your account unless you contact TurboBridge with a request to enable the feature.
If enabled on your TurboBridge account, there are two ways to invite a party to join your conference call via the Dial-Out feature: