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Archive for September, 2006
Free conference calling services are just so darn useful, whether it's for a business conference call or just to chat with all your friends or relatives at once. LiveOffice Free Conferencing ups the ante in the realm of free features: once you register with the site, you can set up conference calls with up to 250 participants. Conferences don't require reservations, and can last up to 6 hours. You can opt to have your conference recorded (by dialing 5* any time during the call.) When the call is done, the recording is delivered to you in MP3 format — again, at no charge. Sweet.
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Everyone hates navigating those "press 1 for sales, press 2 for support" phone trees. When you're calling a company, you want to talk to a human, not a computer. GetHuman provides a long list of companies, their toll-free phone numbers, and the sequence of digits that you need to dial to reach a human customer service rep. Sometimes it's as easy as pressing 0; with some companies it is not so easy.
Bringo (in beta) offers an interesting alternative: choose the company that you want to call from Bringo's list, and type your phone number. Bringo will call the company and navigate the phone tree, then call you back — poof, you're on the phone with a real live customer service rep. Their list of companies isn't as extensive as GetHuman's, but it's an interesting idea.
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