We periodically encounter situations where another person needs to join your phone conversation. “Dialing someone in” to quickly communicate an idea or reach a consensus can be more practical (or necessary) than scheduling a formal conference call sometime in the future.
If you’re using your BlackBerry device on a CDMA network, you are limited to joining two other contacts to your call. CDMA networks include Verizon, Sprint, and Bell Mobility. Meanwhile, GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile allow a maximum of four other contacts joining your call.
Consider the necessity of adding people to a call as each new connection is counted as a new call by the phone service provider. For example, a 30 minute conference call with two attendees will be billed as two separate 30 minute phone calls. Conference calls are a convenience; not a way to circumvent paying for phone service.
Create the Conference Call
Follow these steps to create your own conference call:
- Call the first person.
- During the call, press the Menu key.
- Select Add Participant.
- Add the second person’s number (can a saved contact, number from the call log, or a manually typed number).
- Press Send.
- During the new call, press the Menu key.
- Select Join.
Once you select Join, the two calls will be merged into a single conference call and all attendees will be able to communicate with each other. If you are making the call on a GSM network, you may repeat the steps above to add three more attendees to the call. GSM networks also provide options to drop individuals and temporary “split” the conference call so you can speak privately to one of the attendees of your choice.
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