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Getting in an online meeting is the best way to meet and engage with multiple people at the same time from different locations. However, not everyone will be able to just hop in a video conference. The next best thing is to simply call in from any available phone nearby.
Teleconference is a feature that enables people to call into a virtual meeting through any phone. From a landline or a mobile phone, each person can dial in to a central conferencing line and be able to talk to the other people who are in the meeting.
It is usually in audio-only format, since the callers will be joining in through regular landlines or their mobile devices. Although people can also dial in to online meetings with video if they have the right equipment on hand, they will typically be limited to audio. This feature allows anyone to join any meeting even if they have no internet connection.
To join any RingCentral Meeting from your landline or mobile phone, just call the dial-in number and enter the Meeting ID included on the invite. You will then be connected to the online meeting, though you will be limited to audio only while those who joined via the RingCentral Meetings app have full access to video and other features.
If you want to set up a purely audio-based conference call, you can schedule it in advance via the RingCentral Meetings app. Participants and even the host can simply dial in from any phone without anyone logged into the app when it’s time to meet. In this case, it is best to have the “join before host” enabled so participants can start even without the host. You can also have video conferencing with screen share and video options turned off, so people will still be limited to audio like the rest of the participants even if they’re using the app.
When we say multiple participants, we don’t mean just three or more people. You can actually host up to 100 participants in one online meeting. Participants with internet access and devices with visual components like laptops and tablets will get the full features of the RingCentral Meetings including screen sharing, whiteboard, and team messaging, while those using landline and mobile phones will be limited to audio.
And the great thing is the quality of the call will not suffer as more people dial in to the conference call. The technology allows for multiple participants without experiencing echoes, scrambled audio, and crackling noises, which allows meetings to run seamlessly.