For a newbie, the realm of free teleconference technology can be challenging. First, teleconferencing is a general term that usually refers to three or more individuals having a meeting over the phone on a single line. Yet, teleconferencing can also be used as a general term for any variety of these types of meetings where the internet is used to incorporate many other features. Therefore, here is just a basic overview of what free teleconference technology can and cannot do.
As far a strictly phone-based teleconferencing technology, this allows you to conduct meetings via phone lines or Voiceover Internet Protocol (VoIP). This represents a simple and usually free teleconference technology that is available to anyone with a phone line of internet connection. This is in contrast to using a system which is based on phone lines.
However, when teleconferencing using an internet connection the options are vast. In addition to video, voice and text chat, you can initiate remote control of the keyboard or mouse, meaning you can actually take control of another person’s computer to access their files or simply to provide them with some instructions. Of course, this only works when the other person accepts. You can also initiate file transfers to share images, documents and spreadsheets. You can even record the meetings via video or audio for later playback. You can even upload and publish them online. Often there are whiteboards you can use that allow you to make small sketches during your teleconference. The best thing is that often these services are located on your browser and do not need to be downloaded. If this sounds interesting, look into some of the many services that provide free teleconference technology.