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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.
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ooVoo 
You'll need only a webcam, microphone and a broadband Internet connection to use ooVoo, which can be used to hold free video chats for a maximum of 12 people. 
The service collects your contacts' information from email, IM, and social media accounts. You can use it for full-screen chats, or to talk, text, and send files in real-time. Calls can be recorded and shared.
ooVoo can be used to start calls with people who don't have the service. You can start a Web-based chat with anyone by sending them a link to join your video call. It's available for desktops and smartphones running iOS, Android, or Windows.
(Image: ooVoo)

ooVoo

You'll need only a webcam, microphone and a broadband Internet connection to use ooVoo, which can be used to hold free video chats for a maximum of 12 people.

The service collects your contacts' information from email, IM, and social media accounts. You can use it for full-screen chats, or to talk, text, and send files in real-time. Calls can be recorded and shared.

ooVoo can be used to start calls with people who don't have the service. You can start a Web-based chat with anyone by sending them a link to join your video call. It's available for desktops and smartphones running iOS, Android, or Windows.

(Image: ooVoo)

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TomDausy
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TomDausy,
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1/23/2016 | 12:02:29 PM
Google Voice
Worth mentioning that Google Voice is now fully integrated within Google Hangouts
hohum
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hohum,
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1/23/2016 | 8:08:32 PM
Re: Pending Review
Not a great article....

facetime is hardly an alternative as it only works Apple stuff.

13% of phones and 8% of PCs

 
shamika
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shamika,
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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.
shamika
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1/25/2016 | 6:23:39 AM
Talky
Awesome. By the way does this support any type of Android phone?
adb.computer
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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.
mak63
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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.
mak63
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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!
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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. 
batye
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1/29/2016 | 12:06:38 PM
Re: Google Voice
thank you, good info for a road warrior :)
Jono8000
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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 
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