Global Conference Partners’ Users Rally to Save Free Conferencing

Users Send More Than 100,000 Letters to 530 Congress Members Nationwide

Glendale, CA. March 31, 2010 – FreeConference.com, Inc. and its subsidiary, Global Conference Partners, launched an advocacy campaign to rally support from its users in response to recent actions by the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee, regarding free conferencing services and the individuals and businesses that use them.

Global Conference Partners’ rallying cry to “Save Free Conferencing” was met with equal enthusiasm from its users with more than 100,000 letters sent to their local Congressmen in less than a week, voicing opposition for any potential regulation that could stop their ability to run their businesses and organizations using critical services like FreeConference.com.

“Eliminating the ability to communicate with your business and non-profit colleagues through free teleconferencing services is unfair, unacceptable and anti-competitive,” says Ken Ford, CEO of Global Conference Partners. “It’s a weak argument to stop a service so integral to businesses, organizations, non-profits and even government agencies, over concerns that indecent conversations may be taking place on phone lines. Phone conversations are a private matter and alleging that our services are used solely for indecent communications is insulting to our customers.”

Global Conference Partners notes that there are more than 50 FreeConference.com users working in the U.S. Senate, and 132 users working in the U.S. House of Representatives. In total to date, Congress has benefited from the use of more than a half-million minutes in free conference calls. Individuals within the Dept. of Justice, the State Department, the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Postal Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Dept. of Agriculture, and the NIH use FreeConference.com services.

Mr. Ford comments on an additional concern voiced in a recent letter from the Energy and Commerce Committee to several small telephone companies who are instrumental in helping to bring free conferencing to users:

“The government is concerned that when some Internet-based voice services choose not to connect to certain rural telephone areas that may carry higher connection charges, the consumer ultimately bears the brunt in the form of reduced access to Internet voice services and thus higher charges,” comments Mr. Ford. “On the other hand, the incremental revenue that has been generated from free conferencing services has allowed many rural telephone companies to upgrade their communication infrastructure and provide their customers with the type of services that big cities regularly enjoy.”

To learn more about Global Conference Partners’ “Save Free Conferencing” campaign, visit www.capitolconnect.com/SaveFreeConferencing

About Global Conference Partners

Global Conference Partners™ (GCP) is changing the way the world connects. GCP has continuously advanced new technology solutions to bring more convenient, reliable and simple conferencing services to enterprises and organizations that want top-tier quality and reliability at little or no cost. Flagship services www.freeconference.com, and www.globalconference.com. provide simple, convenient, reliable conferencing solutions to enterprise and organizations. Go to www.globalconferencepartners.com for more information.

gwabbit Teams with FreeConference.com

DEMOspring 2010, Palm Desert, CA – March 22, 2010 – gwabbit®, LLC, the only provider of automated solutions for the contact cloud, today announced the integration of FreeConference.com® phone numbers to the gwab-o-sphere™, the world’s first automatic contact cloud (See separate announcement today titled, 2009 DEMOgod Winner Gwabbit Debuts World’s First Automatic Contact Cloud at DEMOSpring 2010). The gwab-o-sphere automatically loads contacts from its gwabbit contact capture products for Microsoft Outlook® and BlackBerry®, and syncs contacts with key repositories and social networks like Salesforce.com® and LinkedIn®.

In this partnership, FreeConference phone numbers that appear in gwab-o-sphere contacts will be automatically identified and highlighted with FreeConference’s icon and link to its website. As part of the partnership, instantconference.com and globalconference.com® numbers will also be highlighted.

“Partnering with an innovator like gwabbit is a value-add for our large customer base,” said Ken Ford, President and CEO, Global Conference Partners. “Our users will now have their critical conference numbers available on the gwab-o-sphere, ensuring that they always have the most current information when they need it.”

“With the gwab-o-sphere, users can automatically keep their contacts fresh, current and synced without having to do a thing,” said Todd Miller, president and founder, gwabbit. “And since we have the ability to mash-up contact data from premier communication service providers like FreeConference.com, we will continue to have the most robust information available in your contact cloud.”

The gwab-o-sphere contact cloud is the latest from 2009 DEMOgod winner gwabbit®, maker of award-winning gwabbit contact capture products for Outlook and BlackBerry, which automatically searches and identify contacts embedded in emails and adds or updates that information to your address book.

About gwabbit, LLC

Founded in 2008 gwabbit (formerly Technicopia, LLC) is the only provider of applications designed to manage the contact cloud. Its flagship product gwabbit, grabs contact information embedded in emails and automatically updates or creates new contact files. Recipient of the DEMO 09 DEMOgod awards, gwabbit for Outlook and gwabbit for BlackBerry are the fastest ways to manage contacts on a mobile device or desktop. Whether you are on the road or at the desk, gwabbit delivers Email Contact Management (ECM) solutions at a price point you can afford. For more information or to purchase gwabbit, visit www.gwabbit.com

About FreeConference® 



FreeConference originated the free teleconferencing concept with highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services for businesses, organizations and individuals requiring top-tier performance at little or no cost. FreeConference continues to lead the industry with innovative value-added audio and web conferencing options that let users customize the conferencing features they need, just when they need them. FreeConference is a service of Global Conference Partners™. For more information, visit www.freeconference.com or www.globalconferencepartners.com.

Coming Together in Time of Need with FreeConference

FreeConference Assists Newly Created ‘Flight to Crisis’ Volunteer Efforts for Haitian Relief

LOS ANGELES–February 11, 2010— Out of nowhere, a new organization has sprung up to help the relief efforts in Haiti, according to Anne Dilenschneider of The Huffington Post, and has already garnered 160 volunteers around the world to participate in two-week rotations of professional service on the island. Flight to Crisis came together through the coordination of Laz Poujol, and with the help of FreeConference, has connected volunteers from several countries around the world.The speed of this coordinated effort has been most impressive.

The newly created Flight to Crisis volunteers are a group of doctors, nurses, clergy, medical specialists, engineers, and first responders who are making the time to make a difference. Their focus is to provide primary care needs and to help relieve overburdened charities and long-term support personnel. They have been using FreeConference to meet, discuss concerns, and make arrangements for their trip.

“Charitable organizations are especially thankful for free services and we have heard many stories over the years of how FreeConference has made a difference in their ability to grow and expand awareness of their cause,” said Ken Ford, CEO of Global Conference Partners, parent company of FreeConference. “It’s very profound to hear their heartfelt stories of appreciation.”

Several years ago another organization, the California Hunger Action Coalition, also started out as a grass roots effort to address hunger needs in the state of California. They turned to FreeConference to help rally support around efforts such as Hunger Action Day, and have continued to rely on the service to coordinate projects throughout California.

Other charitable organizations that regularly rely on FreeConference services includethe American Red Cross, Make-a-Wish Foundation, and many others that make helping and healing people the forefront of their cause.

FreeConference has sponsored a Flight to Crisis Volunteer, and encourages others to become involved. Flight to Crisis is looking for volunteers, volunteer sponsors, supplies, and donations of frequent flyer miles. Learn more.

About FreeConference®

FreeConference originated the free teleconferencing concept with highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services for businesses, organizations and individuals requiring top-tier performance at little or no cost. FreeConference continues to lead the industry with innovative value-added audio and web conferencing options that let users customize the conferencing features they need, just when they need them. FreeConference is a service of Global Conference Partners™. For more information, visit www.freeconference.com or www.globalconferencepartners.com.

FreeConference Behind the Scenes with the Obama Campaign

LOS ANGELES–December 9, 2009—FreeConference.com, the originators of free audio conferencing was quietly featured in the recently released HBO documentary “By the People, the Election of Barack Obama”. As one of the important communications tools used by the Obama campaign, FreeConference helped organize the groundswell efforts while keeping costs in check for a fledgling campaign. The documentary chronicles the efforts of the Obama campaign, starting almost a year before he announced his candidacy for President.

“Freeconference is used by many non-profit and political organizations that depend on our service to further their cause in the most economical way possible,” commented Ken Ford, CEO of Global Conference Partners, parent company of FreeConference. “We’ve logged millions of minutes on behalf of worthy causes, in addition to serving both small businesses and large enterprises alike.”

Some of the public institutions and non-profits that regularly rely on FreeConference services include members of both houses of the U.S. Congress, the Federal Aviation Administration, US State Department, US Dept. of Justice, US Dept. of Homeland Security, US Treasury, NASA, US Dept. of Agriculture, US Environmental Protection Agency, United States Postal Service, the American Red Cross, PBS, Make-a-Wish Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Teach for America, and many others.

Learn more about FreeConference.

About FreeConference®

FreeConference originated the free teleconferencing concept with highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services for businesses, organizations and individuals requiring top-tier performance at little or no cost. Today, FreeConference is serving well over a billion minutes a year of all-digital conference calls. FreeConference continues to lead the industry with innovative value-added audio and web conferencing options that let users customize the conferencing features they need, just when they need them. FreeConference is a service of Global Conference Partners™. For more information, visit www.freeconference.com orwww.globalconferencepartners.com.

 

FreeConference.com Recommended by PCWorld

LOS ANGELES–December 8, 2009—FreeConference.com, the originators of free audio conference call services, was again endorsed by PCWorld for delivering on its promise of free basic service for conference calls. Featured in both PCWorld’s December ‘09 issue, (“Here’s How” feature) and the online Business Center (“Cost Cutter” column), author Zack Stern takes consumers through the basics of making simple, cost effective conference calls. FreeConference.com was also honored in May 2006 by PCWorld, as one of the “101 Fabulous Freebies.”

“We are pleased to see FreeConference once again recommended by PCWorld,” said Ken Ford, CEO of Global Conference Partners, parent company of FreeConference. “Thousands of consumers and businesses rely on the expert guidance and advice from this trusted source of news and reviews for buyers of technology solutions.”

In addition to the many features available with the free basic service, users can opt to add on both recording and desktop sharing either through an economical monthly subscription or a modest “pay as you go” basis, depending on their needs. Toll-free 800 number service is also available for hosted calls.

FreeConference Features:

  • On-demand and online scheduling options
  • Automated email invitations and RSVP
  • Real-time conference management controls
  • Post Conference reports
  • Up to 150 participants per call
  • Crystal clear all-digital connections
  • 24/7 automated system access-no operator needed

Additional services include:

  • Toll-free 800 dial-in number
  • Conference Recording
  • SharePlus™ Desktop sharing
  • Transcription services

Learn more about FreeConference.

About FreeConference®

FreeConference originated the free teleconferencing concept with highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services for businesses, organizations and individuals requiring top-tier performance at little or no cost. Today, FreeConference is serving well over a billion minutes a year of all-digital conference calls. FreeConference continues to lead the industry with innovative value-added audio and web conferencing options that let users customize the conferencing features they need, just when they need them. FreeConference is a service of Global Conference Partners™. For more information, visit www.freeconference.com orwww.globalconferencepartners.com.

 

FreeConference® Launches New Enhanced Desktop Sharing

FreeConference® Launches New Enhanced Desktop Sharing

SharePlus™ part of New Line of FreeConference Select Conferencing Products

GLENDALE, CA–February 9, 2009FreeConference, the originators of free audio conference call services announced the availability of a new enhanced version of SharePlus, their desktop sharing application that has been in free beta for over a year. SharePlus was developed to provide users with just the core features they need such as sharing documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations and web pages; enabling FreeConference to offer desktop sharing at the lowest price point in the industry.

SharePlus can be purchased on a monthly basis for $9.00/month with unlimited use, or for $6.50 on a per-conference basis. New features let users upload multiple files for easy switching between documents, pass presenter controls on-the-fly, and provide status alerts to the presenter. A newly designed user interface and faster speeds make the product even easier and more productive to use.

“Our goal is to provide our customers with options to fit their conferencing needs,” said Ken Ford, CEO of Global Conference Partners, parent company of FreeConference. “The new SharePlus is better than ever, and we are pleased to offer this enhanced conferencing tool on an unlimited basis for an amazing low price.”

SharePlus desktop sharing is one product available through “FreeConference Select”, a line of al-a-carte conferencing products that consumers can buy individually as needed. Other available “Select” products for purchase include unlimited recording and storage, and a low-cost calling card.

SharePlus Features:

  • Share your desktop, navigate to web pages or present documents all in real-time
  • Easy upload of multiple PowerPoint or PDF presentations and switch between them
  • Flexible passing of presenter controls during session
  • Participant status alerts such as “Be Right Back”, “Agree”, “Problem” and more
  • Participants can join from an email invitation or from a SharePlus session

Learn more about SharePlus.

About FreeConference®

FreeConference originated the free teleconferencing concept with highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services for businesses, organizations and individuals requiring top-tier performance at little or no cost. Today, FreeConference is serving well over a billion minutes a year of all digital conference calls. FreeConference continues to lead the industry with innovative value-added audio and web conferencing options that let users customize the conferencing features they need, just when they need them. FreeConference is a service of Global Conference Partners. For more information,visit www.freeconference.com orhttp://www.globalconferencepartners.com.

FreeConference Winner of the iPod Nano Drawing Announced

GLENDALE, CA–January 13, 2009–Mark Baumhardt of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin is the lucky winner of the Apple iPod Nano. Mark is one of the hundreds of FreeConference customers who entered the iPod drawing by completing a user survey in December 2008. Congratulations Mark!

About FreeConference®

FreeConference originated the free teleconferencing concept with highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services for businesses, organizations and individuals requiring top-tier performance at little or no cost. Today, FreeConference is serving well over a billion minutes a year of all digital conference calls. FreeConference continues to lead the industry with innovative value-added audio and web conferencing options that let users customize the conferencing features they need, just when they need them. FreeConference is a service of Global Conference Partners. For more information,visit www.freeconference.com orwww.globalconferencepartners.com.

 

FreeConference Goes Mobile with Instant Text Alerts and Conferencing Info

New level of convenience is one more way to make free conferencing easy

LOS ANGELES, CA—September 16, 2008—FreeConference, the originators of free audio conference call services, announced the availability of mobile text message services, bringing a new level of convenience to businesses by helping make sure conferences happen on time, every time.

Instant Text Alerts send a text message reminder with your conference information to your mobile phone, fifteen minutes prior to the scheduled start of your conference. These alerts are available with Web-Scheduled conferences through the FreeConference website for both organizers and participants.

In addition, conference organizers can send a text message to their own mobile phone with their Conference On-Demand information. This can be used for both one-touch dial-out and forwarding to other participants, when organizers want to set up a conference call directly from their mobile phone.

“We are making sure conference calling is simple, convenient and reliable, wherever you are and whenever you need it,” commented Alex Cory, CEO of Global Conference Partners, parent company of FreeConference. “We already have you covered on the web or from your desktop. With text messaging services, we are adding the convenience of managing calls right from your mobile phone, ensuring that you never have to miss a conference call again or scramble for the number to call.”

Both services are available in the US for $0.45/text message through NEARU, a leading provider of local mobile search and alerts, and can be easily ordered through the FreeConference website. Instant Text Alerts can be sent for any individual conference, or as a recurring convenience for all scheduled conferences.

About FreeConference®

FreeConference originated the free teleconferencing concept with highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services for businesses, organizations and individuals requiring top-tier performance at little or no cost. Today, FreeConference is serving well over a billion minutes a year of all digital conference calls. FreeConference continues to lead the industry with innovative value-added audio and web conferencing options that let users customize the conferencing features they need, just when they need them. FreeConference is a service of Global Conference Partners. For more information, visit www.freeconference.com orwww.globalconferencepartners.com.

FreeConference® Launches Reservationless Toll Free 800 Service

LOS ANGELES, CA-June 30, 2008- FreeConference, the originators of free audio conference call services today announced the launch of On-Demand Reservationless Toll Free Premium 800 service. Priced at only 10 cents/minute/user, the service includes free conference recording, 24 hour automated access, Toll Free customer service, and soon- to-be launched On-Demand Reservationless desktop sharing.

“Many of our current users prefer to host conferences on-demand, but also want all of the premium services that come with Premium 800,” commented Alex Cory, CEO of Global Conference Partners, which operates FreeConference. “This new services answers those needs and the needs of anyone desiring the best bundled conferencing value in the industry today.”

A FreeConference account can be set up in seconds with access to both free and toll free service as needed. For users with an existing account, adding a credit card to their secure account information immediately creates a new dedicated Toll Free Premium 800 number, access code and subscriber pin to use anytime, without reservations.

This information can also be downloaded into Outlook using the FreeConference Outlook Manager. Both Toll Free Premium 800 and standard Conference On Demand numbers are automatically embedded into any meeting request set up with this tool. If a customer is already using FreeConference Outlook Manager, they can simply click on the FreeConference tab and select update to add Premium 800 service to their account.

FreeConference is continuing to add simple, convenient, and reliable features to the industry’s leading free conferencing solution.

About FreeConference®

FreeConference originated the free teleconferencing concept with highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services for businesses, organizations and individuals requiring top-tier performance at little or no cost. Today, FreeConference is serving well over a billion minutes a year of all digital conference calls. FreeConference continues to lead the industry with innovative value-added audio and web conferencing options that let users customize the conferencing features they need just when they need them. FreeConference is a service of Global Conference Partners. For more information, visit www.freeconference.com or www.globalconferencepartners.com.

CEO of Global Conference Partners to Speak at TeleSpan’s Third Annual “Future of Conferencing” Workshop

CEO of Global Conference Partners to Speak at TeleSpan’s Third Annual “Future of Conferencing” Workshop
Addresses Global Conference Partners’ Path to Leadership in “User Managed Communications”

LOS ANGELES, CA-March 17, 2008- Alex Cory, CEO of Global Conference Partners, will be addressing the vision of the company at the TeleSpan “Future of Conferencing” Workshop at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 1st, from 10:00-10:45am. The title of his address is “Putting Iowa Behind Us.”

“It never really was about Iowa,” says Mr. Cory. “While traditional telecom companies have been very focused on trying to create advantages through FCC lobbying, Global Conference Partners has been focused on building a sustainable business around a mix of free and paid services in user managed communications.”

Mr. Cory continues: “Free” is not a gimmick or a temporary loophole, nor is it a passing fad in the conferencing industry. It is core to introducing users to a broader set of products supporting group conversations and spontaneous communication, which is growing at substantially faster rates than the conferencing industry or even “Unified Communications.” Global Conference Partners has been refocusing on its role as the leader in growth and innovation for self serve conferencing and other user managed communications, and is experiencing unprecedented growth relative to its past performance. The company continues to build what customers need and only what they need to create and manage conversations with their communities of colleagues, customers, suppliers, families, and/or friends using simple, highly automated communications tools that work on the web, on their desktops, on their smart phones, and anywhere else they want to manage communications.

Press appointments at the show may be set up in advance by contacting Nancy King, at 1-(323)-469-3380.

About GlobalConferencePartners™

Global Conference Partners originated the free teleconferencing concept with highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services for businesses and organizations requiring top-tier performance at little or no cost. Today, Global Conference Partners’ all digital conferencing platform scales to a half billion minutes a month, with 99.99 percent enterprise-quality reliability. Global Conference Partners continues to lead the industry with innovative value-added audio and web conferencing options that let users customize the conferencing features they need just when they need them. Flagship services include www.freeconference.com and www.instantconference.com. For more information, visit www.globalconferencepartners.com.