Skype for Business: Telephone-Only Meetings

Instructions for users who are unable to use the Skype for Business application to attend a conference call.

Telephone-Only Meetings and use of a Skype for Business PIN
A Skype for Business PIN is no longer required to attend a phone-only Skype meeting. We expect the majority of meetings to be managed and controlled via a Skype for Business software application, but some meetings are telephone-only. 

Please be aware of some differences for telephone-only conferences. You will still schedule Skype for Business meetings from Microsoft Outlook Calendar (or other Calendar systems that are Skype-for-Business-Aware). The scheduling can be done by a third-party, not necessarily someone who will be attending the meeting. The meeting invitation that is generated, when done via Outlook, will include the Conference ID and phone number required for the leader and participants to join the meeting by phone.

Meet Now Feature
Another option is to use the Skype for Business application on your computer that supports the Meet Now feature. This will allow you to create an instant meeting. Hosts will enter the meeting, then obtain the Meeting Entry Info (under the More Options button) to provide to attendees.
  1. Click on Meet Now.

  2. On the next screen, click OK.

  3. Click on the highlighted area in the corner of the screen to locate the info to share with phone attendees.

Meeting Leaders
Meeting Leaders are any Skype for Business user who will open a meeting and allow participants to join. In a telephone-only meeting, leaders DO NOT have to have a WSU Skype for Business PIN to begin a meeting. A PIN will only be needed to manage a phone-only Skype meeting once the meeting is active.  The ability to mute callers or lock down a meeting is the only reason that you would need to request a Skype for Business PIN. To obtain a WSU Skype for Business PIN, send an email to containing your Network ID, your individual office phone number (cannot reuse a number for multiple people.) You will receive an email with a one-time link to see your PIN. If you forget your assigned PIN or wish to change it, go to Click on the sign-in link and then click on Reset your PIN to enter and confirm your new PIN.

Other useful telephone controls for Leaders:


Toggle Audience Mute On/Off (by Presenters)


Toggle Lock/Unlock Conference (lock disables more participants from joining)


Toggle Enable/Disable announcements for participants entering/exiting conference


Privately play the name of each participant in the conference (gives Roster)


Admit all participants currently in the lobby to the conference (by Leaders)

WSU Skype for Business users can get an assigned conference ID which they can use to host dial-in conferences without scheduling it first.  Users can go to and click on the Sign In link under the Personal Identification Number (PIN) section, sign in with their WSU Network ID (generally preceded by domain such as ad/mynid) and password.  Go to the Dial-in Conferencing Settings and PIN Management page. The second section deals with Assigned Conference Information which will show their Assigned (Personal) Conference ID and Meeting URL Link that they can share with others.  They can also reset the Assigned Conference Information to generate a new Conference ID.  These assigned Conference IDs are active and can be reused until the ID is changed by the user.  Two conferences cannot use the same Conference ID at the same time. 

Assigned Conference IDs are not recommended for Confidential Meetings due to the fact that over time, people outside the meeting may learn the assigned Conference ID and can join the meeting without approval.

Keywords:phone meetingplace analog telephone Skype skype   Doc ID:72186
Owner:Lindsay H.Group:Washington State University
Created:2017-03-30 12:33 CDTUpdated:2019-02-07 19:39 CDT
Sites:Washington State University, Washington State University - Spokane, Washington State University - Tri-Cities, Washington State University - Vancouver
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