Rondee Above Industry Controversy

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The moves made by VOIP carriers such as Google Voice to block calls to free conferencing services has generated enormous publicity. Rondee announced that its users are totally unaffected by this controversy.

Rondee is the only major free conference call service that does not use the sort of rural dial-in numbers that are at the heart of this controversy. Andre Vanier, CEO, Rondee

Rondee, Inc., commented today on the industry controversy that has engulfed other participants in the conference call market. There has recently been extensive publicity concerning VOIP carriers, most notably Google Voice, blocking calls to free conference call services located in rural areas.

The problem came about because the rural phone companies in these particular areas impose exorbitant tariffs on the national carriers who originate these calls. The reason that the free conferencing services partner with these rural carriers is because the rural carriers are able to collect high tariffs on these calls. Such tariffs, in some cases, have been five to ten times higher than the tariffs on normal call traffic. In turn, the free conference call services enter into more lucrative revenue share arrangements than would otherwise be possible.

Individual callers have historically not paid these tariffs; rather, they have been paid by the national carriers that originate the phone calls. With Google's recent moves, there is now growing concern that these tariffs could get passed along to users of free conference services.

Rondee CEO Andre Vanier stated, "I am happy to share that Rondee users have been totally unaffected by this controversy. This is because Rondee is the only major free conference call service that does not use the sort of rural dial-in numbers that are at the heart of this controversy."

Rondee's free conference call dial-in bridge is area code 619 -- the metropolitan San Diego area code. Rondee does not charge for its regular service.

Premium users can also elect toll-free conference calling as an option on all calls. At five cents per minute, the cost for Rondee's premium service is a fraction of the average rates for toll-free conference call services.


Rondee enables users to connect easily with any group of people on the phone. Rondee is the first service to combine free conferencing with web-based scheduling and response tracking. The service is used by small businesses, major corporations, independent professionals, sales executives, non-profits, churches, student groups, labor unions, families and a variety of other users. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For more information please visit


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