If you are looking for an alternative to Skype for VoIP, video chat or video conferencing, here are some of the best options you can consider.
I wrote this post bearing in mind that not everyone uses Skype for the same purpose, some people use it to connect with their friends or family via video chat or VoIP, while others use it for video conferencing, etc. So, in this post, I categorized the Skype alternatives based on their usage. I hope it can help.
Skype alternatives for group video calls or conferences
You won't be able to host group video calls or screen sharing on Skype for free, so you'll need to register to get a premium account.
Update: the Skype group video call now free on Mac, Windows and Xbox One. You can read the details of the same on the official Skype blog, Link.
Let's take a look at some good alternatives,
1. Google Hangouts
With Google Hangouts, you can chat on text, video or VoIP calls, you can even do group video chat with your friends, family or colleagues, up to 10 members and all this for free. If you are not from the United States or Canada, then you will have to pay for VoIP calls, but the prices are lower among all its competitors.
You can also broadcast your hangout live for free with Hangouts in direct. Once, the hangout is over, it will be uploaded to your YouTube channel. You can also find out about upcoming hangouts live using this link.
The best thing about Google Hangouts is that, unlike Skype, you don't need to install third-party apps, software or similar to start using it, all you need to do is register for free with Gmail or Google Plus and you can access Hangouts and all of its functions.
VSee allows you to make unlimited group video calls for free. VSee started as a Tele-health app to provide medical advice on the Internet to people residing in remote areas, but not limited to this alone, you can also use it for your own purposes.
VSee uses 50% less bandwidth than Skype, offers easy sharing of 720p HD video files and calls. The VSee free plan allows you to do the following things,
- Unlimited group video
- Instant messaging
- Sending file
- 1 screen sharing per day
To raise the screen sharing limit, you will need to sign up for the paid plan, starting at USD 9 per month. For students who have the .edu email ID, the free VSee Plus account.
UberConference is not a video conferencing service, but when it comes to Audio Conferencing, the widely used and most reliable software. It has both free and paid plans, we find out what this tool offers in the free plan,
- Unlimited conference calls can be made with up to 10 callers (up to 100 callers in the paid plan)
- Unlike all other conferences, no Organizer PIN is required here, (No PIN for all in the paid plan)
- HD quality audio and you can also record or block (for security) the call
- Integration with LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ profiles
The plan paid by UberConference starts at 10 USD per month.
GoToMeeting is not a free service, but when it comes to video conferencing, the best of all. You can sign up for one month of free trial plan and if you like it, you can continue with paid plans starting from 49 USD per month. Let's discover the main features of this tool,
- Up to 25 members can participate for a videoconference and can have unlimited meetings
- HD video and audio quality
- Supports Mac, Windows PC, iOS or Android devices
- It offers single-click screen sharing, keyboard or mouse control sharing, on-screen drawing and highlighting, and many other features
Because GoToMeeting dedicated to video conferencing, GoToWebinar dedicated to the creation of webinars e GoToTraining allows to organize online training sessions. You can find out more details about them here.
Webex is a widely used and reliable tool for conducting online meetings. The tool available on a Freemium basis. The free version valid for small teams up to 3 members and the paid plan starting at USD 24 per host per month allows up to 8 members in the meeting. Let's discover the features of this tool,
- HD 720P video and high quality audio
- Easy screen sharing, applications and file sharing and switching between files
- Highlight important parts of documents shared in the meeting, online whiteboard so you can write down the important points discussed at the meeting
- Call me function, enter your phone number and you will receive a call at the time of the meeting. So you don't have to worry about meeting time.
- And many other features
Skype alternatives for voice calls or video calls
If you use Skype for voice calls or video calls, here are some of the best alternatives you might want to check.
It undoubtedly plays the best Skype alternative that you can find if you are looking for a platform to make cheap (and free if you and the receiver have installed Voca in their devices) international calls through VoIP technology. It includes low-cost international calls, calls and messages that are strictly encrypted between apps, relatively cheap and convincing call costs in different countries around the world and much more. Most importantly, all these features are based on an extremely simple but highly impactful user interface.
Currently, Voca is only available for Android smartphones and iOS devices, and works very well on both platforms, with regard to international calls without problems over the Internet connection. In addition, Voca is following a credit-based payment system that makes sense – when you buy a certain amount of credits, it will show you the number of minutes you can talk – nothing more, nothing less!
Moreover, it looks a lot like your normal dialer and you would really like it!
Viber born as a mobile app (available on all platforms) for communication via text or voice call and now also available on Windows and Mac PCs. With Viber you can make free voice calls and video calls around the world, but for this you need to make sure that Viber is installed on both devices.
You can also make a call from a device on which Viber is installed on any mobile or landline number throughout the world, at lower prices. And yes, Viber completely devoid of advertising.
oovoo again a very simple tool to use and freely available for high quality video chats, conferences and text messages. compatible with Windows, Mac, Android and iOS PCs. You can have up to 12 members in video chat. Let's take a look at the features of this tool,
- High quality video chat, call recording and screen sharing
- Send files, record videos and upload a click on YouTube
- The non-advertised premium oovoo account offers up to 1000 minutes of storage space and allows calls to landlines or mobile phones
One of the best features of this tool that your friends don't have to be on oovoo to participate in your call, they can also answer your call on Facebook, more details about it here.
The oovoo premium plan starts at USD 2.99 per month.
You can send text messages and make free voice calls using the Voxox apps (available on Android, iOS and Windows). The app supports more than 37 languages ??and also allows photo, video and fax sharing via chat. With Voxox, you can also make international calls to landlines or mobile phones at a lower price.
Voxox is not just limited to personal use, but also offers various services for business use, such as, Cloud phone, Sip trunk, hosted PBX and transport services, details can be found here.
With jitsi you can send free text messages, make video calls and even use it for video conferencing (with screen sharing functionality). an open source software currently available only for Mac, Windows PC and Linux, but will soon launch an Android app for mobile users.
For more details on jitsi, follow this link.
FaceTime again an excellent alternative for Skype, but only for Mac and iOS users. With FaceTime you can easily make high quality video calls for free. You can download it from the Mac App Store for USD 0.99.
In addition to the software mentioned, you can also check Ekiga .
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Among the tools mentioned above, such as your favorite alternative for Skype, let us know in the comments below the post.
Updated the: 29 April 2014