'Most reputable' termination fee 'ripoff' provider I can't believe I'm asking this question as my opinions on the matter conflict with the desire of a client, but here goes ...
Has anyone worked with one of those termination fee based phone companies (the ones that provide for all those 'free' conferencing services) that they would 'recommend'?
Feel free to flame me for even asking the question but don't hold it against me for too long please.
(I guess I could just fire up a SQL statement on millions of billing CDRs and group by most expensive per minute rates in US48 and that will tell me what companies are doing the most business)
I refuse to use them. I only use Rondee (»www.rondee.com/Difference.php) who claims they're not scamming the system.
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Most free conference calling companies have you dial rural Iowa or Minnesota phone numbers served by rural carriers who partner with such free conference calling companies. In turn, the rural carriers impose exorbitant tariffs on the national carriers who originate these calls. Then the rural carriers share this revenue with the free conference companies. In some cases this revenue is five to ten times higher than normal. The national carriers believe this is an abuse of regulatory provisions originally enacted to encourage phone service to underserved rural areas. Some national carriers have sued such free conference companies.
reply to mdseuss
I use freeconferencecallhd.com and am quite pleased with their service. The web-based management interface makes it easy to moderate large conferences. In addition to access via the PSTN, you can connect with SIP or Skype, both supporting wideband.
I don't believe that they are ripping off any carriers. I have LRN-billed termination service (with Alcazar Networks) and my rate to the 209 access number is $0.00616 / $0.00722 (intrastate / interstate). Since both Alcazar and their upstream make a profit on this rate, I assume that the CLEC (Wide Voice) gets less than $0.005/min., which IMO is very reasonable for the high quality service that they provide.
Edit: I noticed that telcodata.us lists the rate center for the 209-255 LRN as RIPON. Is that supposed to indicate that it's not a ripoff?
reply to mdseuss
I'm not actually looking for conferencing but DID service into a SIP based application.
So I need to look for the underlying carrier(s) of those conferencing services.
reply to Stewart
That is a town in Wisconsin.
On AIR,On LINE and On the GO!