FreeConference.com vs. MaestroConference

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FreeConference.com
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
FreeConference is a telephony and VoIP software solution from FreeConference.N/A
MaestroConference
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
MaestroConference is a web conferencing platform with the capability to run small break-out sessions within the main group. It incorporates voting and social capabilities.
$49
per month
Pricing
FreeConference.comMaestroConference
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FreeConference.comMaestroConference
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
FreeConference.comMaestroConference
Top Pros
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Features
FreeConference.comMaestroConference
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
FreeConference.com
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
MaestroConference
-
Ratings
Call reports10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeConference.com
9.0
3 Ratings
7% above category average
MaestroConference
-
Ratings
Call recording9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
FreeConference.com
8.0
3 Ratings
3% below category average
MaestroConference
-
Ratings
Video conferencing8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Audio conferencing8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
FreeConference.comMaestroConference
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(3 ratings)
8.3
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
5.9
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
FreeConference.comMaestroConference
Likelihood to Recommend
iotum
FreeConference.com is best suited when the big-name video conferencing brands are simply not working. It offers an alternative when compatibility seems to be an issue when attempting to video conference. It is less appropriate for first invitations since most people are not familiar with the brand.
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MaestroConference
This is best suited for webinars where you want increase participant engagement. Maestroconference has helped us avoid the type of webinar where the presenter has no idea if people are listening and participants often lose interest and end up checking email. The interaction level can become extremely high leading to increased engagement, satisfaction and buy-in.
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Pros
iotum
  • I love the ability to make long distance calls without charge.
  • I was delighted when they added the ability to screen share and show my slides to my customers.
  • I also love that FreeConference.com immediately provides replays of your meetings - in case somebody wasn't able to attend live.
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MaestroConference
  • The number one strength of Maestro Conference is the ability for the host to create "break out" groups where members of the call can interact with each other in smaller groups as if they were in an in-person conference.
  • Another quality of Maestro Conference that I love is the fact that the host can then "weave in and out" of the different break out groups, listening in, providing support and getting feedback. It's an incredibly tool that Maestro offers.
  • Lastly I think Maestro Conference has excellent customer service.
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Cons
iotum
  • Not being able to use 800 number (toll free).
  • The website interface could be spruced up a bit.
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MaestroConference
  • The call sound quality was often pretty poor, and we had a lot of trouble with calls being dropped. Over the years I would periodically throw in the towel and go back to Free Conferencing just to have reliable quality. But they only have 3 of 4 breakout rooms and I couldn't conduct the rooms easily. Then I try MC again to see if the engineering had improved. It was like a wave. Sometimes better, sometimes worse.
  • The conductor interface has an annoying glitch wherein we could not change a persons attribute fields on the fly. I would interview my callers and assign them to one class or another based on their answers, and the partner up people into breakout rooms based on their answers. This meant editing the two attribute fields , and it just plain didn't work 75% of the time.
  • Maestro Conference repositioned its business away from small educators like me, to large organizations like political action committees. The price became too high for me, and it just no longer made sense. I repositioned my product to work with less expensive and less complicated solutions.
  • The add on features, like recording each conference room, were insanely expensive.
  • VOIP and MC didn't mix. The MC dialer never worked. Neither did Skype. This meant that my international callers were out of luck. This was FRUSTRATING to say the least. Now I just use Skype. A picture is worth a thousand words.
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Likelihood to Renew
iotum
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MaestroConference
we have found no other company with the technology that allows us to conduct webinars with this level of interactivity. We've also been watching as the company has added on addtional functionality and are very please with how it is developing.
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Alternatives Considered
iotum
Call quality is very similar to the above products. However, most of our community partners and collaborators are not aware of FreeConference and are thus less able to utilize it without prompting and sometimes assistance from us.
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MaestroConference
Maestro Conference is the only service I know that allows you to create break out groups and allow participants to actively engage with each other and with the host. It is the most like an "in-person" event of any service I have used. And the customer service has always been excellent
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Return on Investment
iotum
  • BEST ROI ever! It's all free and has let me access people globally. Thanks!
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MaestroConference
  • When the monthly call with breakout rooms was working well I had a lot of good conversion. When it was not, because of sound quality of dropped calls, I was giving people a poor experience. Since I was using MC as the centerpiece of my TRIAL calls, it was a two edged sword.
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ScreenShots

MaestroConference Screenshots

Screenshot of Social Webinar exampleScreenshot of A "breakout group" discussion - where you can see the faces of the other people you talk with by phone or using VOIP/your computerScreenshot of You can poll your participants with Poll View in Social WebinarScreenshot of Share links with other participants in a Social Webinar chat window, while you talkScreenshot of Crowdsource ideas with Idea Board View in Social Webinar