How To: Create Your Own Conference Call


(originally posted to the BlackBerry Connection Newsletter. To sign up, click here.)

Did you know that you could create your own conference call with your BlackBerry® smartphone—without a separate conference call service? It is so easy and fast you will wonder how you lived without it – perfect for business users needing a quick setup for their conference communication.

Follow these steps to make your own conference call:

  1. Using your BlackBerry smartphone, call a contact.
  2. During the call, press the Menu key.
  3. Click Add Participant.
  4. Highlight the contact or type his or her phone number.
  5. Press the Send key.
  6. During the second call, press the Send key to join your first contact to the conference call.
  7. To join another contact to the call, repeat steps 2 to 6 (if your carrier allows).

Speak privately with a contact during a conference call

  1. During a conference call, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Split Call.
  3. Click a contact.

Disconnect a contact from a conference call

  1. During a conference call, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Drop Call.
  3. Click a contact.

Leave a conference call

If you initiate the conference call you can leave and the call will continue without you. (Note: Depending on your wireless service provider, this feature might not be supported.)

  1. During a conference call, press the Menu key.
  2. Click Transfer or Flash.

That’s all there is to it! Give it a try with two or three friends to see how easy it is.

About Roger B.

Joining Research In Motion® (RIM) in 2001, Roger has worked in BlackBerry® Alliance Marketing, vertical segment marketing and product marketing. By leveraging this diverse background, for the past few years Roger has been involved with market research, analyst relations, and other research initiatives. A graduate of the Ivey Business School and MIT’s Executive program in Strategy & Innovation, Roger has been involved in technology marketing for the past 15 years working in Asia, Europe, and North America. Passionate about the impact technology has on people and processes, he brings this vast array of experiences together as a lead contributor to the “BlackBerry For Business” social media presence.

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