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6 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering

Skype might be the de facto choice for video and voice calls over the Internet. But here are other options you should explore.
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Imagine your desktop screen populated with 12 bobbling heads during a video call. This is ooVoo's generous free service in action. As long as the call host uses ooVoo's software, participants at the other end simply click a browser link to join the call. The free version, which works on Macs, PCs, iOS, Android and tablets, lets you record video calls, upload them to YouTube, and record video greetings (PC only). The call overseer can also patch people in on regular phone numbers, and ooVoo's rates apply in this scenario.

On the downside, the free version displays third-party ads, calls are not encrypted -- and you can't share screens. It doesn't cost much to banish the ads and allow screen-sharing, though: $3 per month or $30 a year for ooVoo's premium plan. The paid plan also gives you roughly 16.5 hours (or 1,000 minutes) of video storage.

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LinaD797
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12/6/2013 | 9:44:36 AM
free skype alternative for online calling
Thanks for the post! It is interesting and surprising as well. Did not know about some apps, e.g. Viber. Will definitely try them.

As for me, I sometimes use http://videolink2.me as Skype alternative. It supports up to 6 persons with screen sharing and it's free. 
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9/11/2013 | 6:56:30 PM
re: 6 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering
Another option to consider is Kuvi. It is a group calling service that relies on your phone for the connection, so you don't get the dropped calls due to internet connection or data issues. The website is: kuvicall.com if you wanted to add it!
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4/24/2013 | 9:52:26 AM
re: 6 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering
Thx for the great article Aoife! VSee is designed for creative teams to get things done - we did a lot of study on creative team work - from doing a design critique to hacking out some code. As a service for the community, at the bottom of http://vsee.com/, we create a link to all the video conference options: http://vsee.com/videoconferenc...

VSee is also unique in that it provides end-to-end encryption - where your conversation is always private and off the record. It doesn't go to any servers (like oovoo, hangout, tokbox, etc) where that server has access to your raw audio/video. VSee is HIPAA compliant and great for telemedicine: http://vsee.com/telemedicine where we serve 2M+ Americans to allow them to see their doctors from a webcam.
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4/18/2013 | 3:25:43 PM
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UberConference sounds like a very good alternative for conference calls with a small team, especially since it does not require a passcode. I cannot tell you how many times I have heard someone ask to re-send the passcode to a particular call (myself included). The "earmuff" feature sounds very interesting, especially if you want to share a quick, sensitive piece of information with just one party on the call. I wonder, though, if the "earmuffed" party can tell he or she is being blocked from hearing that part of the conversation when he or she hears silence from those involved in the private conversation.
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4/18/2013 | 3:36:09 AM
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Great article and great services. Quick correction on UberConference...the paid service for $10 gets up to 100 participants now, and the Free version can get up to 17 for now by linking social accounts, etc., to increase size.
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