IoT
IoT
Software // Social
News
1/22/2016
07:06 AM
Kelly Sheridan
Kelly Sheridan
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Twitter
LinkedIn
Google+
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Core System Testing: How to Achieve Success
Oct 06, 2016
Property and Casualty Insurers have been investing in modernizing their core systems to provide fl ...Read More>>

9 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering

Skype has become synonymous with voice and video chat for most consumers, but there are several other services that do the same things.
Previous
1 of 10
Next

(Image: Rawpixel Ltd/iStockPhoto)

(Image: Rawpixel Ltd/iStockPhoto)

Skype has become a tremendously popular service for connecting with family, friends, and colleagues for remote meetings, chats, and interviews.

So popular, in fact, it has become the vernacular for "video chat" among many. Consumers often use "Skyping" as a verb, regardless of the service they actually use to connect.

While perhaps the most common software for voice and video chats, Skype is not the only service available to people who want to connect with colleagues across the country or friends around the world.

[New smartphones and tablets to watch in 2016.]

A growing number of companies have begun to offer services you can use to call others from your PC. These range from downloadable desktop software to Web-based services for quickly generating links for private chat rooms.

Microsoft has done a lot to improve Skype in the last year, but there are several companies that also have strong VoIP and video chat capabilities. These could serve your calling needs as well as -- if not better than -- Skype.

Here we dive into a few of these services. Would you think about making the jump from Skype to any of these options? Do you use one that didn't make this list? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

Kelly is an associate editor for InformationWeek. She most recently reported on financial tech for Insurance & Technology, before which she was a staff writer for InformationWeek and InformationWeek Education. When she's not catching up on the latest in tech, Kelly enjoys ... View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 10
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
IntheWind
50%
50%
IntheWind,
User Rank: Apprentice
8/13/2016 | 1:42:25 PM
Line
Line is the best alternative I have found, plus it has lots of neat things like albums, ability to save important parts of convos, edit images etc. My son moved to Japan and initially I used it because he preferred it but since that time I've found many friends on it and we use it as a Skype alternative because it's one of the few that is equally great on desktop as well as mobile. 
jries921
50%
50%
jries921,
User Rank: Ninja
6/11/2016 | 4:36:22 PM
Re: Google Voice
I haven't tried it, but Ekiga still looks like a viable alternative.  It will even do the VOIP to telephone service thing.
Jono8000
50%
50%
Jono8000,
User Rank: Apprentice
6/11/2016 | 5:35:50 AM
Re: You forgot the BBM!!!
also forgot the WebRTC startups, some really interesting companies out there i.e. www.seedesks.com or breakoutroom.io etc 
batye
50%
50%
batye,
User Rank: Ninja
1/29/2016 | 12:06:38 PM
Re: Google Voice
thank you, good info for a road warrior :)
PedroGonzales
50%
50%
PedroGonzales,
User Rank: Ninja
1/29/2016 | 10:31:52 AM
Re: Google Voice
Thank you for the alternatives, they are great. I think Google phone can be use for professionals. If I do not want to give my phone to people at networking events, I can always give them my Google phone, get back to them that way. I used Google phone when I travel abroad because I can call my family easily with only a WIFIconnection.  I can talk and see my family using facetime. 
mak63
50%
50%
mak63,
User Rank: Ninja
1/26/2016 | 2:57:42 AM
Re: Google Voice
@TomDausy "Worth mentioning that Google Voice is now fully integrated within Google Hangouts"
Yes, since last year if I'm not mistaken, I still use Voice for texts though, and Hangouts Dialer for phone calls. You can't beat free!
mak63
50%
50%
mak63,
User Rank: Ninja
1/26/2016 | 2:50:11 AM
Re: Google Voice
Google Voice has been out for years. I've been using it since Google bought GrandCentral. I believe, I've been using it for more than 5 years already.
Nowadays, I use Hangouts Dialer to make phone calls (US calls only). Whatsapp for intenational calls (not bad really), and of course, Voice and Whatsapp for chat and txt.
What I like to see is a comparison between Line vs. WeChat. My family and friends are stuck in Skype, but I'd like to give'em both a try. I like the Shake function. Sounds fun.
adb.computer
50%
50%
adb.computer,
User Rank: Apprentice
1/25/2016 | 9:40:11 PM
You forgot the BBM!!!
BBM is cross platform that allows video, IM and also content sharing across multiple platforms - iOS, Android, Windows and of course Blackberry where it all started.
shamika
50%
50%
shamika,
User Rank: Ninja
1/25/2016 | 6:23:39 AM
Talky
Awesome. By the way does this support any type of Android phone?
shamika
50%
50%
shamika,
User Rank: Ninja
1/25/2016 | 6:23:02 AM
Re: Google Voice
This seems to be an interesting initiative. This will definitely be a threat to skype in future.
Page 1 / 2   >   >>
Social is a Business Imperative
Social is a Business Imperative
The use of social media for a host of business purposes is rising. Indeed, social is quickly moving from cutting edge to business basic. Organizations that have so far ignored social - either because they thought it was a passing fad or just didnít have the resources to properly evaluate potential use cases and products - must start giving it serious consideration.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.