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July 21, 2012

TMCnet Conferencing Week in Review


By Rory Lidstone
TMCnet Contributing Writer

This week saw a lot of headlines in conferencing; here are the highlights:

First up, FreeConferenceCall.com, one of the U.S.'s largest conferencing providers, aligned itself to a fundraising effort, raising $15,000 and sponsoring Children Today's 4th Annual 5K/10K Run/Walk. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the company will support the event.


Additionally, the company plans to make a $20,000 direct donation, largely made up of employee donations. The goal of Children Today is to increase the safety, stability and confidence of children facing homelessness, while providing quality early care and education programs for free.

FreeConferenceCall.com also made news this week, expanding into Europe by making its service available in Finland, Ireland and Norway. As such these European countries can now make international conferencing calls at the same price as regular domestic calls.

"Businesses and consumers are saving millions of dollars every year by using free conferencing services," said David Erickson (News - Alert), founder and CEO at FreeConferenceCall.com. "We look forward to showing businesses and consumers how simple and cost-effective it is to teleconference domestically as well as around the globe."

In other news, the Redwood City, California, police department announced this week the incorporation of technology such as video and text chat into its operations, allowing community members to access real-time interactive video chats with officers. Officers are now all equipped with a video camera, allowing residents to ask about anything except a life-threatening emergency.

"The beauty of this program is that residents could do this from their homes, from school, from work, anywhere that they have a laptop or desktop with something as simple as a camera on it," said Police Chief JR Gamez, who came up with the idea.

Roomlinx announced this week that it will continue its efforts to deploy its solutions within Hyatt properties. This would bring enhanced in-room technology to the hotel and resort properties of Hyatt in the form of the RoomLinx iTV Platform 3.0, which seamlessly integrates HDTVs with the Internet, PC functionality and Video on Demand services.

“As the Hyatt deployment continues, we’re also gaining traction with several marketing initiatives that will provide direct benefits to hotel owners," said Michael Wasik (News - Alert), chief executive officer at Roomlinx. "We’ll establish Roomlinx as not only the best-in-class guest experience but also the most profitable in-room entertainment system in the industry.”

Lastly, T-Mobile (News - Alert) USA announced a new flat-rate unlimited data feature, T-Mobile Open Europe, for business customers. This plan aims to provide greater value to businesses with $50/line per month pricing.

This data option will be available to business customers in August within 28 European countries with no international roaming tolls. Unfortunately, full-speed data is only available up to 500 MB of bandwidth, somewhat hampering the "unlimited" claim.

That's all the news for this week in this sector. Be sure to check back to the Conferencing channel for more!


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