Research In Motion (RIM) has announced availability of the free BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing app on BlackBerry App World for customers in North America. BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing makes joining and scheduling conference calls from a BlackBerry smartphone quick and easy.
The app converts audio conferencing details into a single “Join Now” button for a user to quickly and easily join a conference call from their BlackBerry smartphone in a single click.
It also makes it easy to schedule conference calls from a BlackBerry smartphone in an easy two-step process using the BlackBerry Calendar and a user’s conference call profile, which they can easily set up in the app. Many of the leading audio conferencing systems are supported.
“With BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing, making conference calls has never been easier,” says Tom Goguen, VP, collaboration and social networking at RIM.
“Converting multiple steps and hard to remember codes into a simple ‘Join Now’ button is another great example of how BlackBerry smartphones enhance communications and productivity.”
Key features of the BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing app include:
* One-click join – before a conference call starts, a pop-up reminder displays a “Join Now” button that, with a single click, dials the conference bridge and enters the appropriate codes to connect the user to the conference. If the call gets disconnected or the user needs to drop off, the app will present a “Reconnect” button, which dials the user back into the call with one click.
* Easy conference scheduling – a user can schedule a conference call complete with conference bridge details directly from the BlackBerry Calendar in an easy two-step process.
To enable this capability, the user sets their conference call profile once in the BlackBerry Mobile Conferencing app, including dial-in numbers and access codes, then simply adds the profile as part of the calendar invitation. (The moderator code is kept hidden from participants in the calendar invitation.)
* Optimal conference call number selection – if multiple dial-in numbers are provided to accommodate participants in different regions, the application can automatically choose an optimal number to use (for calls within North America), such as using the local number if the user is within the local calling area rather than a toll-free number; or a toll- free number if the dial-in number would otherwise be long distance.
Users can also select or modify a specific dial-in number manually.