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Audio Conferencing

Audio Conferencing is a telephone meeting conducted between multiple separate callers (three callers define a "conference"). The type of telephone used can vary but typically an audio conference includes attendees that use handheld wired telephones (such as those at a person's business office or home), conference room speakerphones that can be shared by several people, or individual cellular or mobile telephones.

Audio conferencing is sometimes called "teleconferencing" and traditionally means using a telephone instrument to conduct a business meeting.

Advantages of Audio Conferencing

Telephones are widely accessible and generally provide an easy method for meeting attendees to join into a conference session. With some exceptions, users of telephones can easily operate their telephones and connect to locations both within and outside of their home and office. This makes teleconferences, as they are sometimes called, quick, easy and generally widely accessible for participants.

Disadvantages of Audio Conferencing

Telephones can vary significantly in their ability to produce clear and intelligible audio.

For example, the quality of audio produced by a cellular telephone can be quite different than the quality of audio produced from a conference room speakerphone. The varying degree of audio quality introduced into an audio conference by callers can negatively affect the overall meeting. In some cases, the noise induced by the lowest quality audio conference participants can be so great as to become disruptive to all call participants.

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