There’s a popular phrase: “I’m hopping on a conference call.” But, “hopping” may not be the right word. Joining a conference call normally involves searching for and punching in a series of PIN numbers, responding to voice prompts, and hanging on until the call’s host gets on the line. HipDial is trying to make things a little easier with a simple conference calling service.
Four months ago, Jonas Huckestein (pictured right) co-founded HipDial with Kevin Laws to make conference calls easy and, above all, intuitive. HipDial doesn’t require any software installation or set up, it’s entirely phone based. Jonas says, “Most conference lines, if you’re the host, you have to dial so so so many pin codes and create rooms, reserve rooms, and enterprise conference calling systems are complex.”
Hip Dial users get a dedicated, reusable phone number they can send to all their coworkers joining the conference call. When each person dials in, they’re instantly connected to the call without having to enter any pin codes or pound signs. If the host of the call is running a few minutes late, he’ll get a text message alerting him that his co-workers are waiting on the line.
The HipDial team recently announced tiered pricing for small businesses as well as enterprise companies in addition to new security features like the ability to “lock” your conference line so no one else can dial in. While Jonas says that they’ve received little request for new features, they’re working on enabling slide sharing during conference calls. For more on HipDial, you can visit their website.