Review: Portable iPhone Conference Call Speaker Doubles as a Charger

Increasingly, landlines are going the way of the dinosaur. If you need to conduct a conference call on the go, while using an iPhone, there's a new lightning-powered portable conference call speaker that can get the job done. The Rayz Rally ($89.99–$99.95) from Pioneer plugs in to the Lightning port of your iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) and acts as an enhanced speakerphone speaker. The smart button can function as a play/pause button or mute/unmute button depending on the circumstance.

Related: How to Make Conference Calls on Your iPhone

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Rayz Rally

That alone would be enough to make this portable iPhone conference call speaker a great accessory. But you would end up limiting your call if you were low on battery life. The Rayz Rally uses the Lightning port to power the speaker, but it also has a Lightning port as a pass-through so you can plug into an outlet to charge as well. Finally, the Rayz Rally is sold in black, gray, or white.

Rayz Rally

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Louder than it looks
  • Integrated smart button for play/pause, mute/unmute
  • Charge via Lightning pass-through
  • Black, gray, or white

Cons

  • Expensive

Final Verdict

It's not cheap, but it's more versatile and compact than dedicated teleconferencing systems. 

iPhone Life Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.