Conferous.com is an online conference calling solution for small, medium and large businesses. Users can create conference rooms and manage conference calls from an easy to use online interface. Participants do not need to remember conference ids, pin or access codes – just a toll-free number and extension. Users can hold up to 5 conferences simultaneously with up to 15 participants. In order to create a new conference call, the user can use a new or existing room. When a new room is created, it is assigned a toll-free number and extension. To initiate a conference call, all participants dial the toll-free number and enter the extension. This connects all of the parties in a conference call. The site automatically records all conference calls and saves the recording for future reference.
The site is very easy to use. Once logged in, users can view their existing rooms or create a new room from their home page. The home page also contains a listing of all recordings of past calls, which are listed beneath the room name. Clicking on the link to a recording downloads a .wav file which can be played in the user's preferred audio player application. Users pay a monthly fee plus a per minute cost for each conference call.
Conferous.com was launched by David K. Pham in December 2009. The site use the Twilio.com telephone to website API interface.
Competition to Conferous.com comes from sites such as Freeconference.com and Nocostconference.com. Freeconference.com offers both free and paid plans for conferencing. They offer more features than Conferous, but the free service does not include permanently assigned numbers. Nocostconference.com provides both free and paid plans as well, but free plans do not include a toll-free number. Conferous.com is by far the simplest and easiest to use service.
The site is quite responsive, and page loads happen quickly. Navigation of the site is intuitive, and the site is very easy to use. Creating and managing conference rooms is a straightforward process, as is initiating conference calls. The service functioned flawlessly during testing. There is no advertising displayed on the Conferous.com site.
Signup for a paid plan to the Conferous.com site is required to use the service. No free trial is offered. The signup process asks for first and last name, email address, username, password and business name. The site accepts credit cards as payment for plans, and asks for first and last name of the cardholder, card number, expiration date and billing zip code.
There are two paid plans available – Basic and Premium. The Basic plan allows for 1 toll-free number, up to 3 conference rooms and 3 participants per conference. The Basic plan costs $9.95 per month plus 7 cents per minute. The Premium plan allows for 1 toll-free number, up to 5 conference rooms and up to 15 participants per conference. The Premium plan costs $14.95 per month and 6 cents per minute.
The Conferous.com site is recommended to anyone who needs a simple conference calling solution. The pricing is very reasonable, and the service is scalable from small to large businesses. The service is very easy to use, and the automatic recording of calls provides a valuable transcript of business discussions.