Tip of the Day: Setting Up Conference Calls

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Did you know you can talk to up to five people at a time (depending on your carrier)? Whether you need to conduct an important meeting or simply want to coordinate with several people without a lot of texting and calling back and forth, setting up a conference call is easy.

1. If you are setting up the conference, call the first person you want to include. Once they're on the line, tap "add call," and then call the next person using your contact list or by entering the number on the keyboard. When they answer, tap "merge calls." If your phone is on contract with a CDMA carrier (think Verizon, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular ), then you will not be able to add more than two people to your conference call. And that is pretty much where this tip ends for you.

Setting Up Conference Calls  

2. If you're signed up with a GSM carrier such as AT&T and T-Mobile, you have a lot more conference call options. You can repeat step 1 above to add up to five people to the call.

3. Those with GSM carriers can also have participants call into the conference and can add them by tapping Hold & Accept, and then tapping Merge Calls. They can also drop a participant from the conference without ending the call, by tapping the 'i' icon and then tapping the End icon next to the person leaving the call.

Setting Up Conference Calls

4. And finally, did you know you can speak privately with individual conference call participants? Tap the 'i' icon and then tap Private next to the person you want to speak with individually. When you are finished, tap Merge Calls to return to the conference.


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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for savvyvegetarian.com and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.