The bottom line on conferencing: You can hire a conference hosting service for far less than what it would cost you to buy and maintain your own conference bridge equipment and hardware. Here are some rules of thumb: 1) If you are small to medium size company or association (less than 500 employees/members), your best bet is to retain the services of a reliable provider (like us) to give you secured access to one of our conference bridges. 2) If you are a large enterprise and do a lot of conferencing, then yes, you should look into renting or buying your own conference call hardware. (We can help you with that, too.) However, when you consider telecommunication line costs, staff time, and maintenance, chances are you'll find outsourcing your conferencing is still less expensive. It boils down to how you want to use your staff resources. More often than not, you'll want your staff and associates spending their time on your business, and not trying to manage being in the conference call business. Getting started to retaining the services of an conference bridge hosting service is easy and only takes a few minutes. For the sake of example, let's say you wanted to retain our services here at 24Conference.com. Here is the process: — Decide what kind of conference service you want? Pay as You Go, or Flat Rate Unlimited? Toll-free access, or non-toll free access? Reservationless (you can conference on-demand, anytime) or Operator Managed (we call your participants for you and place them into the conference call.) You can research all the alternatives, rates and features, by checking out the links at the top of this page. — Once you decide, you can call us at 877-254-2424, or you can fill out the online order forms. There is no set up charge and no long term contracts. You use your service month-to-month, and we charge your credit card accordingly. — When your order is received, we will set you up, usually within 30 minutes. You will get an email with your conference call-in number, along with a set of two passcodes — one for the host/moderator and the other for your guests/conferees. You'll also receive simple instructions and control functions. You can start using your conference service immediately once you receive your email. Just have all your guests call the access number and use their passcode when prompted. Remember, everyone has to use the # sign after inputting their 7-digit passcode. It's that simple, so don't think that conferencing is complicated or confusing. Let us know how we can help you enjoy the benefits of phone conferencing and collaboration by using our conference bridge hosting service.