I saw this posting from a prospective corporate user: “I often use free conference call services for my work. I have recently become concerned about the sustainability of the business model. Because of the high interchange fees, I expect that carriers will increasingly block calls to these services. What makes Rondee’s model more sustainable – and therefore more reliable for businesses – than its competitors?”
There has recently been extensive publicity concerning VOIP carriers, most notably Google Voice, blocking calls to services located in rural areas. The problem came about because the rural phone companies in these particular areas impose exorbitant tariffs on the national carriers who originate these calls. The reason that the free conferencing services partner with these rural carriers is because the rural carriers are able to collect high tariffs on these calls. Such tariffs, in some cases, have been five to ten times higher than the tariffs on normal call traffic. In turn, the free conference call services enter into more lucrative revenue share arrangements than would otherwise be possible.
Individual callers have historically not paid these tariffs; rather, they have been paid by the national carriers that originate the phone calls. With Google’s recent moves, there is now growing concern that these tariffs could get passed along to users of free conference services.
Rondee users have been totally unaffected by this controversy. This is because Rondee is the only major free conference call service that does not use the sort of rural dial-in numbers that are at the heart of this controversy.”
Rondee’s free conference call dial-in bridge is area code 619 — the metropolitan San Diego area code. Rondee does not charge for its regular service.