Your BlackBerry can STILL make Conference Calls

As interactive as we are via Skype, Twitter, Facebook, and instant messaging, there are times when you will actually have to make a phone call. Weird right? But that doesn’t mean your collaboration and productivity has to take a nose dive if one of your colleagues, business partners, or clients can’t “connect” using new-age methods.

Three-way calling and/or conference calls are still the sure-fire way to make sure everybody is present and everybody receives all of the information if you can’t meet face to face. As funny as this sounds, with all the technology packed into our smartphones that we take advantage of to do a number of things unimaginable by previous generations, how many people actually knows how to make a conference call on their smartphone?

The folks over at have a cool tutorial that breaks down how to successfully make a three-way/conference call on a BlackBerry mobile device that includes:

– Dialing and joining calls
– How to deal with dropped calls
– Swapping calls
– Carrier limitations (how many can be on a conference call)

…and other tips and tricks to increase your phone call productivity:

BlackBerry 101: Conference Calls and Three-Way Calling

In today’s age of social networking, instant messaging, video chat, etc. you would be hard pressed to HAVE to use your smartphone to create or join an actual conference call to conduct business. Old school yes, but; just like anything else, technology can fail. So it’s nice to be able to rely on the old school just in case the new school decides it’s “too cool” to work with you in the middle of an important meeting that you need to attend while you are on the go.

Run a Presentation From ANY Mobile Device with MightyMeeting

“No laptop? No problem” is the first thing you notice when going to MightyMeeting’s website. The app/service does just that – Allows you to present from a mobile device without the need for a desktop or laptop.

The way it works is by uploading PowerPoint presentations to your MightMeeting (MM for short) account. Then via the MM app on your mobile device, you can create a meeting from any of the presentations you uploaded, and invite people to view the presentation regardless of what device they are using. So essentially, using your iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device, you can run a presentation directly from your smartphone while people can view the presentation on their smartphone. As the presenter moves from slide to slide via his/her mobile device, so will the slides on the display of the people viewing the presentation.

Now you can still run a presentation using the MM web app and viewers can still view the presentation via laptops or desktops, but where is the fun in that? (We are talking about small business mobility right?)

It’s that simple. Primarily, you would create a link to share the presentation via email, but MightMeeting also allows you to share via the popular social media networks as well (Twitter & FaceBook). So if you have connections via social media networks only, you can get them in on the action as well (tip: use those hashtags!)

MM is working on the ability to brand your meetings with custom UI skins. Right now, there are only three themes: default, Apple & Facebook. But check with MM to find out when they will release complete UI customization.

MM has updated their features to now include VOIP calling so you it can eventually compete directly with other well known online meeting/conferencing services like WebEx, GoToMeeting, etc. Via the MM web app, you can give viewer the option to “call in” to your active meeting. As I write this the MM the VOIP-enabled application for iPhone users should be on Apple’s desk waiting for approval, with the Android app soon to follow. Until then, you can just doll out your smartphone number to accompany your meeting room information, or get creative and use MM in conjunction with Google Voice or Skype Mobile.

The only gripes I have with MM is the fact that right now, only powerpoint files are accepted (pdf’s are good too). So for you Keynote fans, you will have to convert to either PowerPoint or make a PDF before you can upload to MM.

If you are a on-the-go business person, entrepreneur, or professional and need a quick way to do presentation, check out MightyMeeting.

Then visit iTunes to download the iPhone app

Or use your barcode scanner to download the app on your Android:

…Did I mention MightyMeeting is free!