26 March 2020

Online video conferencing – a short guide

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Online video conferencing software

  •   Zoom – unlimited 1-1 video calls plus text chat. Just set up an account, schedule a meeting and send people the link. They will need to download a small app. 40 mins limit on meetings with more than three people with the Basic/Free package. To host a longer meeting, a Pro account is £11.99/month. Anyone with an invitation (a link) can join a Zoom call without having to pay.

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  •   Google Hangouts – video calls for up to 10 people are free (or up to 25 people if you use Business, Education packages). Everyone who wants to join a group conversation must use Hangouts / have a Google account – at the moment a Gmail account is £0/month & G Suite Basic is £4.14/month.  They may need Chrome as it can be a bit buggy on Internet Explorer for example.
  •   Google Hangouts Meet – the premium version of Google Hangouts, available if you pay for a G Suite Basic package (£4.14/month+) + above. This allows you to set up unlimited video conference calls for up to 100 participants. Anyone with an invitation (link) can join a Google Hangouts Meet call for free.
  •   WhatsApp – unlimited 1-1 video calls for up to 4 people with Free package. Only available via WhatsApp mobile app (not desktop/web version) – at the moment a WhatsApp account is free.
  •   Skype – unlimited video meeting calls for up to 50 people with Free package. Everyone who wants to join a group conversation must use Skype / have a Skype account – at the moment a Skype account is free.
  •   Discord – All-in-one voice and text chat, with video calls for up to 10 people for free. Everyone who wants to join a group conversation must use Discord / have a Discord account. – at the moment a Discord account is £0/mo – https://discordapp.com
  •    Whereby – unlimited video meeting calls for up to 4 people via the Free account. Pro versions allow up to 12 people & Business version is unlimited – at the moment a Free Whereby account is £0/mo & Pro is $9.99 /mo https://whereby.com/information/pricing/

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