Rebtel don't officially offer and support conference calling as a service. This can be a useful feature if you want to call your friends and family at once over PSTN without caring about what device they have. For a receiver it is as simple as just picking up the call and talking. You do not have to bother getting online, downloading plugins or software to just engage in a simple call. This is basically a hustle free solution. Conference call over data is great, but there is one catch that everyone you want to be in group / conference call should be using it too, and be online on certain application like Skype. So how can you actually make Conference / Group call using your beloved Rebtel, It requires some work but it’s not difficult at all.
Before we start with the details, please note that there are some limitations of this process. This will only work if you are registered in one of Rebtel Countries. If you don't know what the Rebtel countries are? Read here. The reason to be in a Rebtel country is to use Rebtel famous and brilliant feature Local Numbers. Confused about Local Numbers? Have a quick peak here.
We will use the phones native conference call functionality. You have to use a Smartphone, any smart phone with the Add Call button on the dialer while on call indicates the phone supports conference call natively (e.g. Android, iPhone or Windows Phone). As we will not use the Rebtel app you have to bare network charges for every call. So if you have an unlimited or free minutes on your price plan from your operator this process will be much cost effective.
Every number you add in My Local Numbers by login in http://my.rebtel.com, Rebtel assigns a Local Access Number against the contact so as an alternative of using Rebtel app, you can directly call Local Number and Rebtel automatically connects you with the friend you want to call. FYI, Rebtel Local Numbers are personal and cannot be shared.
The following steps are based on Android native dial pad:
1. Go to http://my.rebtel.com on a menu click "My Local Numbers", and create Local Numbers for the contacts you want to do a group call, and save in your save Rebtel generated local access number to your phone contacts. You will get a SMS and email of the number when you created the local access number so you can easily save it in your phone contacts.
2. Now all you have to do is make a regular call from your phone native dialer to the Local Number with whom you want to have conference / group call to initiate local minutes based Rebtel call.
3. Once the call is established, press the add people button on a dialer and select contact (with Rebtel local number) to initiate the second call.
At this point the other party will be on hold automatically so inform them beforehand not to disconnect the call. You can manually put them on hold as well just to be on safe side.
Repeat step 3 to 4 for each additional personal whom you want in on the conference call.
You can add up to 5 people on conference call on Android and iPhone by repeating the same process.
Bonus Tip: If your friend calls you while you are on a call you can merge him in conference call as well. So instead you call people, they can call you and you add them in your conference call. Great for people who want to save network and Rebtel charges.
Go ahead and make conference / group call.