Microsoft Teams is the ultimate collaboration tool for small to medium-sized businesses. It provides a way for team members across the globe to connect all in one place. One way that Microsoft Teams users can connect is by using the audio-conferencing feature. This feature assigns the user with a phone number that can then be used to join a meeting or to host an audio-only meeting. It's most beneficial to use this feature when:
● There's a limited internet connection
● It's an audio-only meeting
● Dialling in provides better phone quality
● Users who are joining are using a hands-free device
● The user does not have access to their computer
The Audio-Conferencing feature for Microsoft Teams is available in over 95+ countries across the globe. Click here to view the updated excel spreadsheet and see which countries have this feature available. Any users who are currently using Office E5, the audio-conferencing feature, is already a part of that package. If any users have Office E3 or Office E1, audio conferencing is available as an add-on for $5.10 CDN/month. It's important to note that any calls made to other Microsoft Teams members are free. If the user wants to call numbers that are not within the business, they should sign up for a calling plan. Click Here to learn more about the different calling plans available.
Once the add-on has been added to your Microsoft Teams license, a number will be assigned to the user. This number can start hosting audio-only meetings with up to 250 registrants. Both the employees and external numbers can dial into the conference, but the external numbers will be placed into a virtual lobby. Once the admin is ready, they can go ahead and allow these participants to enter the meeting. This makes the meeting more secure and ensures that the admin is ready for the meeting.