What is a conference bridge?

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If you want to host or be part of an online meeting or conference call, the conference bridge is a must. But what, exactly, is it?

Any sort of audio conferencing relies on a conference bridge to support multi-person conferences. When you pick up your phone and call one other person directly, then it is a closed and direct line between your phone and that other person’s phone. However, when you want to have more than one person on the same line, you need a special type of line to do that—a conference line.

How does a conference bridge work?

In most cases, a typical conference bridge handles multiple traffic streams from each person who is on the line. Because all these individual streams are bi-directional, the conference bridge’s mission is to “bridge” all the separate lines into one another so that it seems as if all the people are on the same call.

Why do I need a conference bridge?

If you work closely with people who are not in the same office as you, or who work remotely, or with clients who are located elsewhere, you probably want to use a conference bridge at some point.

Thinking outside of the box a little, you could also use a conference bridge for personal calls that involve more than one person. For example if you have children who have moved out it you can call them all individually, but it might be fun to call them all together every now and again.

Do I have to pay for a conference bridge?

Not if you are a MobileDay user. (And the app is free, so all you need to do in order to become a MobileDay user is download it.)

Traditionally the answer to this would be “yes,” but more and more conference services are being offered for free. MobileDay provides all users with a free conference bridge. When you are planning a meeting within the MobileDay app, you can now opt to use “My MobileDay Bridge” which is a totally free conference bridge.

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