There are lots of scenarios in which either the caller or the person being called, or both, might not want to give out their contact number. These are by no means just illicit or deceptive – there are lots of legitimate situations where privacy is really important. Using a telecommunications service which provides you with a dial-in number for all parties to use, rather than any using their own, means you can guard your phone lines.
Don’t let your phone number be a channel for revenge
There are a lot of professions where this could prove particularly helpful. For example, people working in Human Resources and Recruitment have found conference calling to be a really powerful tool, particularly with the added security provided by call recording. But another reason why it’s so great is because these people might not want all the candidates they interview to be able to get back in touch with them directly. After all, disgruntled ex-employees can pose a substantial threat to a company, particularly if they have access to certain types of information. In fact, they can even be dangerous on a personal level, sometimes returning to seek revenge: one infamous case saw an ex-Chipotle worker physically attack a manager.
So keeping your phone number private can be a matter of professional and personal safety, on the large-scale for the whole business, as well as for individuals. It seems pretty common sense when you think about it: if you have to let somebody know that they haven’t managed to get a job, or that they’re losing the one they have, you probably want to be able to sever all communicative ties following the conversation.
But there are other reasons beyond possible ill-feeling from disgruntled employees for wanting to withhold your phone number.
Medical privacy and telecommunications
We’ve seen the tremendous benefits which telecommunications have for medicine. These range from things like helping the NHS to save money on conference calls to spend on treating its patients, to making free healthcare more widely accessible. But it’s no surprise that confidentiality is also really important when it comes to medicine. One area in which this might be especially crucial is in mental health, where telecommunications have proven themselves really powerful.
Many mental health conditions, like lots of physical ones, make it difficult for people to get themselves up and out of the house. It can also just feel overwhelming to have a one-on-one, face-to-face conversation with a therapist about very traumatic experiences. Being able to talk on the phone can therefore genuinely save lives. But – particularly in such sensitive, personal relationships – doctors have to be able to guarantee their privacy. If a patient comes to feel very dependent on his or her therapist, they might want to get in touch quite regularly, or at really antisocial times. For doctors’ safety, wellbeing and convenience, it’s really important that their patients can’t just pick up the phone and dial their number whenever the urge strikes.
Share and gather information without jeopardising anybody’s safety or peace of mind
You might also think about other situations in which information being shared might be traumatic or sensitive, or potentially jeopardise either or both parties’ safety. Things like police appeals for witnesses, or information being shared with journalists or inspectors, are instances in which a third-party telephone number is vital. Conference calling is also a wonderful tool for legal firms, another case in which it’s really important to guard confidentiality.
Sometimes it’s just the nature of the relationship rather than that of the information which makes privacy preferable. While teleconferencing has worked wonders in education, and particularly for allowing teachers and tutors to hold virtual meetings with students, it might sometimes not feel appropriate to be contacting one another on personal telephone lines. And again, there are often some over-zealous students who might really start to feel the pressure near an exam or assessment, and yield to the temptation of reaching out to their teacher rather more frequently than might be fair. Making sure this is simply not an option can therefore be psychologically and practically alleviating for everybody involved.
For all these situations, and countless others, it’s great to have the option of getting in touch via a phone number which isn’t associated with either party. That’s something which choosing to use a conference call bridge like Call.Group will provide.
How to keep your phone number private
With Call.Group, anybody on the call – whether it be two participants or a hundred – dials in using a Call.Group telephone number. That means you pick up your phone and dial a number which doesn’t belong to any of the participants on the call, but to Call.Group. This will direct you to your own private, secure conference call room (accessed using a PIN), where the other participants you have invited will join you. They don’t see the number which you’ve dialed in from, they simply call the same number that you dialed.
And the great thing about Call.Group is the variety of plans available to suit your particular needs and budget, starting from just £7.50 per month. You can even try it out for free to see whether it meets your requirements – and you won’t have to provide any payment details when you sign up for the trial. Or if your needs are quite simple and your budget limited, you could look to WHYPAY? for genuinely free conference calls. Neither you nor your invitees will have to pay a penny!