Recently a VA was asking whether she needed a long distance phone plan to attend a webinar. I responded explaining that there is a difference between a webinar and a teleseminar, i.e. sometimes a teleseminar will have a web based presentation but generally webinars don’t have the phone involved (at least not those I’ve been involved with and I’ve attended quite a few!).
A webinar is just that – it’s on the web. So you don’t need a long distance phone plan. Usually you are given a web address and sometimes you might have to download a plugin. Then make sure you have your speakers on and if you have a microphone, attach that too so you can participate in Q&A time – but most of them allow you to ask text questions too.
Perhaps a webinar might also have a telesminar attached and if that’s the case, then you might need long distance but I’ve not been in webinars that needed the phone too. More the other way around – a teleseminar that has had a web based presentation included. I’m in Australia and since many of these are in the US I’ve bought a $10 phonecard at the post office that gives me around 700 minutes for US numbers I dial. The card runs out in 3 months or when the time is used up but you can top it up anytime you want.