Joining Conference Calls By Pressing One Button

I participate in multiple conference every day. While I can’t change much about the general tediousness associated with 15 different people all joining a call within a five minute window, I can do something about the misery of pressing 18 different numbers on a phone to join the call.

MobileDay solved this problem for smart phones several years ago when it launched. If you want to join a conference call (or any phone call) on your iOS or Android phone, just use MobileDay. Press one button – join whatever call is next on your calendar – automagically.

But it gets even better. MobileDay just released a feature which lets you push the call from your smartphone to any conference room phone. Until now, while I can do one touch dialing into a conference call from my iPhone, I still have to dial 18 (or 19, or was it 20, or does it need a 9 at the beginning, damnit) numbers on the ubiquitous Polycom phones in conference rooms. And, amazingly, sometimes I give up and just use the speaker on my iPhone, which is truly sad and pretty awful compared to the dormant Polycom it is sitting next to.

The new Push feature available for MobileDay Business subscribers can be pre-programmed to connect with any device: Polycom or desk phone. Meetings can still be initiated with MobileDay’s revolutionary one tap and then pushed to another device. Push is keyword sensitive: once I have pre-programmed a device and named it after the meeting room it lives in, whenever I am in a scheduled meeting in that room, MobileDay gives me the option to connect with that device. As with all MobileDay calls there are no numbers to remember – all you have to do is press the green button that pops up on your smartphone and you are in your call.

My favorite products are ones that just work like magic. MobileDay has created several of them, and Push is one of those things that suddenly makes my life a lot better. If you are nostalgic for the days when you had to get up, walk across the room, and manually change the channel on your TV, you probably won’t be into Push. But if you like things that just work and you make a lot of conference calls, go try it and let me know what you think.

  • “If you are nostalgic for the days when you had to get up, walk across the room, and manually change the channel on your TV…”

    I remember those days all too well. The “hack” at the time was to make another human being subservient enough to have them get off the cough and change the channel for you, usually the youngest person in the room.

    Thankfully, a large subset of your readers won’t know what we’re talking about.

    Yep, progress is a good thing.

    • Yup – that was my brother Daniel’s job.

    • Rick

      It’s probably better for most people to walk across the room and manually change the channel.
      I’ve been putting aside select “progresses” for the past year. When I tell people that. The first thing they do is give me a strange look. But as technology moves forward at a faster rate it gives me the opportunity to pick the best of the advances. When in the past people starved for new things to enjoy. Today we have a plethora of new items to choose from. So we don’t have to endure the foolish ones!

      • I did what you’re saying out of percent actually. I was thinking as recently as yesterday that there’s so much noise when it comes to innovation currently.

        To qualify my statement, then, I’ll say that meaningful progress is a good thing.

        • Rick

          “so much noise”
          Yes and noise seems to get in the way of “good” creativity and innovation.

          • Agreed, and BTW, I’ve fixed my last comment as I’ve just realized that it got butchered by Auto-Correct.

          • Rick

            You mean auto-incorrect.

          • LOL!

      • Annelise Pitt

        My toddler nephew on being told that at Gramma’s there is no remote – you have to walk up to the TV to change the channel: “How HANDY, …. you never lose it!”
        Sometimes ‘new’ introduces unintended / not contemplated issues. I like your idea of waiting for the better version.
        (Funny how this particular ‘lost remote’ issue has never been solved on a grand scale.)

  • Sebastien Latapie

    That does sound like a great solution!

    What I have a hard time with the quality of conferences call audio. The worst is when I’m calling in from my mobile – there is almost always terrible feedback and poor sound quality. When possible (for the smaller ones) I just suggest using facetime audio – quality of the sound is just significantly better.

  • Hm, it sounds like a feature we’ve offered on the ReadyTalk app for at least a year now. ( Is it that mobileday is platform-agnostic that it’s interesting to you?

    • Yes – it’s completely platform agnostic and works with any conference call system.

  • Rick

    I want to join your conference calls. How do I do that?

    • Rick

      I guess I’d have to get in touch with a hacker for that app?! 🙂

  • thanks a lot

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  • Reminds me of google’s internal hangout product…includes the one touch feature plus you can give it a voice command to add specific people / groups / locations.

  • great feature. I’m a big MobileDay fan…in fact, when I have to type in a conf. line on the phone and jump between the calendar and the phone app I get pissed now.

  • Michael Parker

    Definitely a direction conference calling services – and frankly all meeting services – should be going. The platform agnostic comment is interesting. Factor in calendar (Outlook, Google, iCal) and device (laptop, tablet, phone) realities and making ‘one-button start’ magic can be a tricky proposition. When we rebuilt the new app for the iPhone and Watch, we did it in a way where you can push one button to start not only your call – it actually calls your mobile phone or desk phone or Polycom – but also start your desktop meeting app. The concept of continuity of experience is a space/trend worth watching.

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