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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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Got a Google+ account? Using Google Hangouts, you can set up a video call for up to nine people for free. Participants do not need to be in your Circles to hop on a call, but they must have a Gmail address, along with Google's plug-in, available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Android or iOS users need to install the Google+ app on their phones.

During the call, you can upload and share your Google docs and edit collaboratively while you're at it. To increase the number of participants beyond nine, you can try Google Apps for Business for 30 days for free, and $5 a month per user after that. If you'd rather not look at your colleagues' mugs on a call, Google Talk is a handy voice-only tool with file sharing, IM and Gmail integration. On the desktop side, although Google Talk works on Windows machines only, smartphone users are good to go; iPhone users need to install Vtok to join in the fun.

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MikeV505
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6/30/2014 | 11:20:45 PM
Check out Voxypad
Check this out...Voxypad. This app is really cool for conferencing with real-time collaboration. This app is much better use comparing to all of above
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6/13/2014 | 2:13:58 AM
Web Conferencing
Another very good option is: RHUB web conferencing servers. It works flawlessly.
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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. 
AliciaF299
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AliciaF299,
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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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Cara Latham,
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4/18/2013 | 3:25:43 PM
re: 6 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering
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
re: 6 Skype Alternatives Worth Considering
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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