Here’s the thing about holding a conference call on your iPhone; it’s supposed to be easy and convenient. If not, you’d spend the time setting up your headset and downloading the correct software on your desktop instead. So when I see conferencing apps that make you jump through a bunch of hoops just to hold a quick phone meetings, I think, “Why bother?”
Developed by Powwownow, the application Powwownow got it right. Within minutes of downloading this app – which, it’s worth pointing out, is free – I’d added a contact, scheduled a conference call, and successfully held a short chat through the app.
The first time you open the app, you’ll have to register, which requires entering your email address and then verifying in your email account. Along the bottom, you can navigate between your scheduled conferences, your settings, and “Join Call,” which allows you to join scheduled calls or manually enter a number for a call.
Scheduling a conference and inviting others is done on one screen; enter a title, choose a date and type, add a description and choose the participants (from your Powwownow contacts, iPhone contacts, or a manually-entered contact).
The app will generate a PIN number, which is automatically stored under “Details” in your conference information. (Don’t forget to glance at it once you start the call, as you can’t go back to that screen and look once you’ve dialed in.)
Everything about this app was quick. It’s extremely simple to navigate, registration was fast, and starting the conference was a piece of cake. I can honestly see workers who are truly on the go using Powwownow to hold a short but important five minute conference while standing in line for a latte. If you’re looking for a conference call app, the price is right on this one – I’d recommend checking it out.
Powwownow [iTunes link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.