Telecommunications & Network Services (TNS) has a small supply of teleconferencing phone systems that can be checked out at no charge for use in situations where you have multiple people participating in a conference call from the same physical location.
These systems have multiple speakers and microphones, enabling sound to be picked up from and delivered to a larger space than a regular desk speakerphone. The keypad also includes a mute button to allow for private side conversations.
A live, unallocated phone jack must be available in the room where your conference call will take place, as well as an electrical outlet. The phones work on both analog and digital phone lines.
Because TNS has only a limited number of teleconferencing phone systems available for checkout, please be sure to reserve your system well in advance. It's also advisable to test the equipment ahead of the meeting to ensure that everything is working correctly.
For conference calls involving fewer than eight people, you can use the built-in conference call capability of the Ericsson desk phones. If you're not sure whether your desk phone supports this capability, check with TNS at (707) 826-HELP (4357).
When you reserve your phone, TNS will let you know where to pick up the system on the day of your conference call. Please use the system with care, as phone plugs are fragile. You should return the system promptly after your call is complete.
Instructions are included in the carrying case, but if you have any problems setting up your teleconference, please contact TNS at (707) 826-HELP (4357) or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.