Sprint's Web conferencing service targets users with Java plug-ins

Sprint's Web conferencing service targets users with Java plug-ins

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

Sprint Corp. has launched a multimedia Web data conferencing service for up to 500 users who have Web browsers with Java plug-ins.

Sprint's Internet Conference Center, at www.sprintconf.com, can add audio to the data sharing conference via a separate telephone service.

Internet Conference Center uses PlaceWare 3.0 software from PlaceWare Inc. of Mountain View, Calif.

No desktop hardware or software is necessary except for a browser and whatever the presenter needs to design a presentation.

Because the service is unmoderated and not scheduled in advance, conferences can be set up on demand 24 hours a day. Users register online with a credit card or establish an account for billing. Sprint charges by the hour based on number of participants.

The conference organizer receives a security code and password to distribute to participants. Presenters upload to the Web site the conference materials they have created using programs such as Microsoft PowerPoint; also, links can be set up on the site to let a presenter conduct a Web tour.

Talking heads

Participants can communicate with each other during a conference with PlaceWare's text chat feature. Or as many as eight participants can talk in an accompanying telephone conference via Sprint's switched telephone network and standard telephone equipment; more than eight participants need a separate conference call service.

Internet Conference Center's audio feature costs 35 cents a minute per user. The data conference rate is discounted when an audio conference accompanies it.

Data conferences cost from $240 an hour for up to 10 participants to $2,079 an hour for 251 to 500 participants.

If audio is included, the data conference charge is less, ranging from $180 per hour for up to 10 participants to $1,687 an hour for 251 to 500 participants. But users pay additional audio charges.

Contact Sprint at 888-633-8422.

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