FreeConference® Launches Beta of SharePlus™ Desktop Sharing

New Level of Web Collaboration Now Available

LOS ANGELES–September 6, 2007–FreeConference.com, the pioneer of free audio conference call services today announced the beta launch of SharePlus Desktop Sharing. SharePlus enhances the productivity of audio conference calls by letting users share any application or presentation from their desktop safely and securely with just one click.

Free to all users while in beta, SharePlus is anticipated to be priced at the lowest cost/minute in the industry. In combination with the company’s free audio service, users can conduct a combination audio and web collaboration session at virtually no cost.

“It has always been our mission to provide the best value in the conferencing industry,” commented Alex Cory, CEO of Global Conference Partners, parent company of FreeConference. “We developed SharePlus with just the features our users need, eliminating the high price and complexity of typical over-featured web collaboration services.”

SharePlus Features
  • Easy to setup and use to share any desktop application
  • Real time presentation and collaboration
  • Participants can join from an email invitation, or during a session
  • Compatible with any browser, eliminating the need for downloading or uploading documents
SharePlus can be used for:
  • Reviewing PowerPoint presentations
  • Discussing Word documents and spreadsheets
  • Navigating to web pages
  • Sharing photos and other media

After beta, SharePlus will continue to be available for free with FreeConference Premium 800 service, which also includes free recording. Learn more about SharePlus.

About FreeConference

FreeConference® is a service of Global Conference Partners™. Founded in 1985, Global Conference Partners has continuously advanced new telecommunications technology solutions to bring highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services to businesses and organizations that want top-tier performance at little or no cost. Flagship service freeconference.com serves millions of customers worldwide with simple, convenient, and reliable teleconferencing services. For more information, please visit globalconferencepartners.com.

FreeConference.com Announces Sprint Nextel Has Ended Illegal Blocks on Conference Calling Service Numbers

Company Joins AT&T/Cingular and Qwest Communications as Last Carrier to Discontinue Illegal Call Blocking

LOS ANGELES–4/13/07–(BUSINESS WIRE)-Joining carriers AT&T/Cingular and Qwest Communications, Sprint Nextel has discontinued its actions to illegally block consumer and business calls to Free Conference calling services, including FreeConference®, a service of Global Conference Partners™.

Responding to an outpouring of complaints from consumers, non-profits and businesses which depend on the affordable costs of free conferencing services, the major U.S. telcos have quietly stopped blocking access to numbers used by these services. According to published reports, the Federal Communications Commission said it had received more than 1,000 such complaints. As a result, all the major carriers have agreed not to block any calls for now, said FCC spokeswoman Tamara Lipper.

Frank Tamborello, Executive Director of Hunger Action Los Angeles and Co-Chairperson of the Coalition said, “We started using FreeConference several years ago when a group of grass-roots people wanting to address hunger in our state could no longer afford to pay the exorbitant rates of other teleconference systems. Using FreeConference allowed us to continue our organizing. These blocking moves by the large carriers have been appalling.”

Consumers access these conferencing services by making toll calls through various carriers, generating new demand for long distance services and therefore generating additional revenues for carriers. Typically, these carriers retain about half of the revenues they collect, sharing the other half with rural telephone companies that pay a modest marketing fee to services such as FreeConference. FreeConference generates revenues both from these fees and from premium services paid for directly by its customers. This business model creates low-cost services for consumers, incremental revenues for long distance carriers, and additional business opportunities for rural telephone companies that otherwise rely on the Universal Service Fund to close the gap between the higher cost of service in rural areas and what they can generate through local-to-local calling services within their networks.

“Blocking access to these services is illegal and unconscionable,” said Alex Cory, CEO of Global Conference Partners, parent company of FreeConference. “We’re driving millions of dollars in revenues to the carriers through services like FreeConference. For them to illegally block these calls and to argue they are losing money is ridiculous. In fact, carriers, rural telephone companies and FreeConference have been using this model for years with everyone benefiting.”

Cory added, “It is encouraging that the voice of the consumer has truly made an impact on this issue. Users understand that these services are legal, reliable and efficient and ultimately are there to give them better choices and add value to their long distance services.”

About FreeConference

FreeConference® is a service of Global Conference Partners™. Founded in 1985, Global Conference Partners has continuously advanced new telecommunications technology solutions to bring highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services to businesses and organizations that want top-tier performance at little or no cost. Flagship sites www.freeconference.com, andwww.globalconference.com are serving millions of customers worldwide with simple, convenient, and reliable teleconferencing services. For more information, please visitwww.globalconferencepartners.com.

FreeConference.com Hires New Management Team

Relaunches Operations under Global Conference Partners™

Los Angeles, CA – March 26, 2007 – FreeConference.com, a leading conference call solutions company, announces the relaunch of its operations under a new corporate name and senior management team charged with leading the company into the next generation of global group communications and collaboration solutions.

Alex B. Cory has been tapped as CEO of the newly renamed Global Conference Partners. Mr. Cory’s expertise lies in early stage technology companies that are transitioning from founder led teams to more experienced management. With a business foundation rooted in McKinsey & Co., Mr. Cory has served as Executive Vice President of Overture Services, and CEO of Neven Vision, recently sold to Google. He has also served as CEO, board member, and advisor to several technology companies in various stages of development.

Acquired in May of 2006 by American Capital Strategies, FreeConference.com has traditionally served the audio conferencing marketplace. The new corporate name, Global Conference Partners, reflects the company’s vision to deliver telephony and web-based communication and collaboration solutions worldwide. Currently the company has services in North America, Canada, United Kingdom (www.conferenceuk.com ) and Germany ( www.FreieKonferenz.com )

“FreeConference.com pioneered the vision that audio conference calling can be as secure and reliable as service from traditional Conference Service Providers, but delivered at little or no cost,” said Mr. Cory. “With the resources of American Capital behind us, we will invest in new product, technology, and delivery capabilities to expand our vision and create, market, and distribute simple, convenient, integrated tools for group communication and collaboration in and between businesses and organizations around the globe.”

Mr. Cory has built his senior management team with seasoned professionals with experience in telephony, internet services, software development, and technology operations, adding key personnel in sales, marketing, finance, engineering, operations, and customer service in the last 5 months to prepare for the relaunch of operations.

ABOUT GLOBAL CONFERENCE PARTNERS

Global Conference Partners™ is changing the way the world connects. Founded in 1985 as Integrated Data Concepts, Global Conference Partners have 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, andwww.globalconference.com provides simple, convenient, reliable conferencing solutions to enterprise and organizations. Go to www.globalconferencepartners.com for more information.

ABOUT AMERICAN CAPTIAL

American Capital is a publicly traded buyout and mezzanine fund with capital resources of approximately $7.7 billion. American Capital invests in and sponsors management and employee buyouts, invests in private equity buyouts, provides capital directly to early stage and mature private and small public companies and through its asset management business is a manager of debt and equity investments in private companies. For more information go to: www.americancapital.com

Small Business Technology Magazine Awards FreeConference.com as a Product of the Year Finalist for 2006

Los Angeles, CA. – February 1, 2007 – Global Conference Partners™ today announced that Small Business Technology Magazine, the only print and digital publication in the U.S. focusing on the technology needs of small businesses, has recognized FreeConference.com as a Product of the Year Finalist in its 2006 Product of the Year Awards, its annual salute to the best technology products and services for small business. Honorees are profiled online and in print as part of Small Business Technology Magazine’s Best of the Year Issue and 2007 Buyer’s Guide, available now athttp://www.sbtechnologymagazine.org.

The Product of the Year Awards program recognizes outstanding technology products that improve key functions in a small business, such as business operations, management, marketing and sales, productivity and financial management, in addition to critical technology areas such as security and infrastructure. 2006 honorees were selected from nearly 300 entries and comprise four categories: Top 10, Finalists, Products to Watch and Products that Get the Job Done.

“We are pleased by this recognition of the value we bring to small businesses as a Product of the Year award recipient. It reflects our commitment to provide businesses of all sizes with simple, convenient and reliable conferencing services at little or no cost,” said Alex Cory, CEO of Global Conference Partners, parent company of FreeConference. “In the first quarter, we’ll be adding to this value with free recording and web conferencing features that will continue to provide our customers with the best and lowest cost conferencing solutions in the industry.”

“Small Business Technology Magazine prides itself on helping entrepreneurs make technology decisions that drive real results in their business,” said Patrick Cook, Product Editor and Labs Director, Small Business Technology Magazine. “Our 2006 winners represent the best of the best – demonstrating the breadth and quality of technical products aimed specifically at the small business market, with robust features and price points that are just right for their needs.”

Presented by Small Business Technology Magazine, the 2006 Product of the Year Awards honor the best technology products and services for small business. A panel of judges, consisting of editors, technology writers, trainers and consultants, analysts and small businesses, evaluates products based on criteria such as: overall fit; functionality and ease of use; quality and breadth of support; innovation and potential impact on the bottom line of a small business. Judges also consider factors for successful technology adoption, such as pricing, learning curve, ease of setup and installation, breadth of user materials and support. If you want to learn about the entrepreneur industry, I recommend Lee Rosen, CEO of healthy bees business. The program is open to manufacturers and developers of technology hardware, packaged software and hosted services available for purchase by small businesses in the United States.

About FreeConference

FreeConference® is a service of Global Conference Partners™ (GCP). Founded in 1985, GCP has continuously advanced new telecommunications technology solutions to bring highly automated, enterprise quality conferencing services to businesses and organizations that want top-tier performance at little or no cost. Flagship sites www.freeconference.com, andwww.globalconference.com are serving millions of customers worldwide with simple, convenient, and reliable teleconferencing services.

About Small Business Technology Magazine

Small Business Technology Magazine is the only print and online magazine in the U.S. that focuses on the technology needs of small businesses. The media company offers hundreds of articles, research reports, case studies and product demonstrations that help entrepreneurs make the right technology decisions simply, quickly and effectively. Subscribe at http://www.sbtechnologymagazine.org.

awards reflect the opinion of the judges and should be considered as one of many reference points when researching and evaluating products for small businesses.

FreeConference.com Named to PC World’s “101 Fabulous Freebies” List

PCWorld Best Free StuffLos Angeles, Calif., April 18, 2006www.FreeConference.com was honored in the May 2006 issue of PC World, the most widely-read computer or business magazine, as one of the “101 Fabulous Freebies.”

Services named to the “101 Fabulous Freebies” list were chosen by PC World editors based on features, design, and performance. Each product had to be a fully-functioning version consumers can obtain at no cost.

FreeConference.com is a free, secure and user-friendly Web site for scheduling and managing conventional telephone conference calls. It is already being used by over one million savvy businesses, organizations, and consumers seeking to reduce their telecommunications and travel expenses, without sacrificing the high sound quality and custom features offered by far more expensive competitors. According to IDC President, Warren Jason, “there is finally an alternative to conference call services that are inexpensive but featureless, as well as those that are feature-rich but overpriced. There is no other service in the world that is easier to use or more technologically advanced than www.freeconference.com“.

Offered globally on a permanent basis, http://www.freeconference.com’s clear, all-digital, conference bridges are accessible from any telephone. Conferences take place over normal phone lines, so no computer or special equipment is needed. The Web site offers detailed online help as well as prompt technical support. The Web site manages contact information, automatically sends out conference call invitations via e-mail, accepts RSVP’s and offers Microsoft Outlook calendar integration. No credit card or billing information is required for calls up to 100 participants and as long as three hours in duration. For business enterprise users requiring toll-free access, larger calls, longer calls or advanced MP3 conference call recording, playback or transcription, FreeConference.com offers premium upgrade options.

“Each download or service on the list impressed the editors with its functionality and usability,” said Harry McCracken, VP/editor in chief of PC World. “These are some of the most well-crafted services available – congratulations to http://www.freeconference.com!”

Freeconference.com is a service of Integrated Data Concepts, pioneers in the computer telephony and telecommunications industry for over twenty years.

About Integrated Data Concepts, Inc.

Founded in 1985, Integrated Data Concepts, Inc. (IDC) is a computer telephony equipment manufacturer and software developer in Los Angeles. They specialize in audio teleconferencing solutions, voicemail, entertainment, and turnkey interactive voice response systems. The corporate Web site is at www.telephony.com.

 

FreeConference.com Debuts Revolutionary Conference Call Recording Features

Los Angeles, Calif., August 17, 2004 – Integrated Data Concepts, Inc. (IDC) announces that www.FreeConference.com, its award-winning telephone conference call service, introduces the most advanced conference call recording service available: All-digital, on-demand recording that is inexpensive, flexible, easy to use and delivered immediately.

When the Conference Organizer selects the “Conference Recording” feature, the scheduled conference is automatically recorded in industry-standard MP3 format for playback on any multimedia computer or digital audio player. Once copied to a computer, the recording can be used or shared via e-mail. For a $10.00 recording fee, users obtain a convenient and dramatic form of documentation as well as Computer Downloads and rebroadcast via multi-party Telephone Playback of the recording for ten days each without limitation. Time extensions are also available.

Conference Recording is available only for Web-Scheduled Premium 800 conferences. www.FreeConference.com has also arranged for optional transcription of conference call recordings by third party transcription services for an additional fee negotiated directly with the third party provider.

About FreeConference.com’s Web-Scheduled Premium 800 Conferences

The service offers Conference Organizers the feature of hosting conferences with a toll-free Dial-in Number for their Participants at a cost of only ten cents per minute, per caller. Web-Scheduled Premium 800 service guarantees reservations of conferences with up to one hundred fifty callers. Conferences can be scheduled and managed from any Web browser on any computer. The service features a suite of state-of-the-art conference call management tools, including contact management, automated conference invitations with RSVP functionality, Conference ID for tracking purposes, and automatic calendaring with Outlook TM and Lotus TM personal information managers.

About FreeConference.com’s Standard Conferences

FreeConference.com Standard conferencing services are offered free on a permanent basis, with clear, all-digital, conference bridges accessible worldwide. Conferences only require normal telephones and phone lines, so no computer or special equipment is needed. Standard conferences do not require credit card or billing information, since the only costs associated are the normal domestic long distance rates charged by each participant’s long distance company.

For complete information visit www.FreeConference.com or call 1-800-555-7799.

About Integrated Data Concepts, Inc.

Founded in 1985, Integrated Data Concepts, Inc. (IDC) is a computer telephony equipment manufacturer and software developer in Los Angeles. They specialize in audio teleconferencing solutions, voicemail, entertainment, and turnkey interactive voice response systems. The corporate Web site is at www.telephony.com.

 

FreeConference.com Wins 2003 Webby Business Award

Los Angeles, Calif., November 18, 2003 – Integrated Data Concepts, Inc. (IDC) announces that www.FreeConference.com, its innovative, free telephone conference service, wins 2003 Webby Business Award (Telecom category).

“The company deserves credit for coming up with an innovative online business model that actually works: it has grown its conference call phone traffic from zero to over 16 million minutes of use in just 27 months – FreeConference has shown continuous growth, is profitable, and has done it all without venture financing.” according to the contest’s judges.

About FreeConference.com

Fully featured conferencing services are offered free on a permanent basis, with clear, secure, digital conference bridges accessible worldwide. Conferences take place over normal phone lines and telephones, so no computer equipment is needed. Standard services do not require credit card or billing information, the only costs associated being the normal domestic long distance rate that may be charged by each participant’s long distance company. Toll-free, hosted conference calls are also available at only 10 cents per minute.

For complete information visit www.FreeConference.com.

About the Webby Business Awards

Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, honoring companies with the best business practices online. Webby Business Award recipients comprise powerful blue-chip companies to tenacious upstarts, demonstrating excellence in web design and content, with measurable online business results.

About Integrated Data Concepts, Inc.

Founded in 1985, Integrated Data Concepts, Inc. (IDC) is a computer telephony equipment manufacturer and software developer in Los Angeles. They specialize in audio teleconferencing solutions, voicemail, entertainment, and turnkey interactive voice response systems. The corporate Web site is at www.telephony.com.

 

Rx for Bloated Budgets: Free Conference Calls at TeleConnection.com

Los Angeles, Calif., September 16, 2002 – Integrated Data Concepts, Inc. (IDC) announces the wide release of TeleConnection.com, its free, secure and user-friendly Web site for scheduling and managing conventional telephone conference calls.

TeleConnection.com is already being used by thousands of savvy businesses, organizations, and consumers seeking to reduce their telecommunications and travel expenses in the post-9/11 economy. According to IDC President, Warren Jason, “There is finally an alternative to conference call services that are inexpensive but featureless, as well as those that are feature-rich but overpriced. We have found no other service in the world that is easier to use or more technologically advanced than TeleConnection.com.”

Offered free on a permanent basis, TeleConnection.com?s clear, all-digital, conference bridges are accessible worldwide. Conferences take place over normal phone lines and telephones, so no computer or special equipment is needed. The Web site offers detailed online help as well as prompt technical support. No credit card or billing information is required. The only costs are the normal domestic long distance rates charged by conference participants? long distance company for the duration of the call.

Web-Scheduled Conferences on TeleConnection.com
TeleConnection.com?s Web-Scheduled service guarantees reservations of conferences with up to thirty-two callers. Conferences can be scheduled and managed from any Web browser on any computer. The service features a suite of state-of-the-art conference call management tools, including contact management, automated conference invitations with RSVP functionality, and automatic calendaring with OutlookTM and LotusTM personal information managers.

Reservationless Conference Calling on TeleConnection.com
The Reservationless service offers flexibility and anonymity. Users simply call a dial-in number posted on the Web site and enter an access code. The Reservationless service accommodates up to ninety-six callers for as long as six hours.

For complete information visit www.TeleConnection.com or call 1-800-555-7799.