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Creating a Conference Call

The conference call - one of the most basic and common needs for any company of any size. Tropo makes conferencing absurdly simple - all you need is one line of code:

conference("1337")
conference "1337"
<?php
conference("1337")
?>
conference("1337")
conference("1337")

Voila, you have a conference room capable of holding up to 100 people at one time - if you need more, let us know and we can help there as well. Note that the maximum session time with Tropo is four hours, so any conference call will also have a maximum uptime of four hours before sessions will begin to disconnect.

Conferences aren't just for the traditional conference call. Use them any time you need to connect multiple people together. Place a customer service agent in a conference with a customer, and add in the agent's boss on mute, so the boss can listen in, for example.

You can get fancy with conferencing, too: add a terminator to disconnect from the call, add the ability to hear keypad tones pressed by a conference user, mute a user when they join (for presentations rather than a standard conference call), and/or play an exit message when they disconnect using the terminator. The following example shows mute set to false so you can see how to use the parameter; in reality, you don't need to include mute at all unless you want it set as true, since by default it's set to false anyways:

say("Welcome to the geek single hotline!");
conference("THX-1138", {
    terminator: "*",
    mute: false,
    playTones: true
    });
say("We hope you had fun, call back soon!");
say "Welcome to the geek single hotline!"
conference "THX-1138", {
    :terminator => "*",
    :mute => false,
    :playTones => true}
say "We hope you had fun, call back soon!"
<?php

say("Welcome to the geek singles hotline!");
conference("THX-1138", array(
    "terminator"=>"*",
    "mute" => false,
    "playTones" => true
    )
);
say("We hope you had fun, call back soon!");

?>
say("Welcome to the geek singles hotline!")
conference("THX-1138", {
    "terminator":"*",
    "mute":false,
    "playTones":True})
say("We hope you had fun, call back soon!")
say("Welcome to the geek singles hotline!")
conference("THX-1138", [
    terminator: "*",
    mute : false,
    playTones : true])
say("We hope you had fun, call back soon!")

Conference IDs can be any string. Letters, numbers, symbols... it doesn't matter to us.

Any conference ID you use in production will be shared among all your production applications; likewise any development app conference IDs are shared among all your development apps. These IDs are not shared with other accounts, so if you have conference ID 2600, you won't conflict if another Tropo user is also using 2600.