Top Video Conferencing Applications and Services

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Making video calls is now quite easy and not as expensive as it was before. You only need to invest in some cheap devices like web camera and headset before enjoying video conferencing with friends, peers, colleagues or business partners. Many applications and services are free. For corporations and those requiring heavy-duty and reliable video conferencing services, or complete native solutions, there are paid services that are way cheaper than traditional video solutions.

Free Video Conferencing Tools

  • ooVoo
  • Skype
    • Skype is the most popular of VoIP voice and video chat applications. Only small groups can chat for free but Skype comes with all its momentum and popularity.
  • Vbuzzer
    • Vbuzzer offers free video conferencing on the invitation, which can be done through their website, which also allows sending video mail.
  • Ekiga
    • Formerly known as GnomeMeeting, Ekiga is a Linux native application. It is open source and therefore free. It supports a lot of codecs and offers many features. It supports both SIP and H.323. Remote calls to mobile phones are also allowed.
  • Tokbox
    • Tokbox allows completely free video conferencing with up to six participants. You can talk using your browser, in which it can be embedded. No need to download a client.
  • iChat
    • iChat is for Mac users. It is the VoIP and video conferencing tool that comes with Leopard, the latest in the Mac OS X series. It is quite rich in features. You will need to have a Mac or AOL account to make video calls.

Paid Video Conferencing Services for Business

  • WebEx Meeting Center
    • WebEx is a paid video conferencing, chat and file sharing service with a hosted application. You can try it for free for 14 days, with up to 10 participants. It has schemes for individuals, small, medium and large businesses. WebEx has powerful collaborative tools and interesting features like Outlook integration.
  • AT&T Connect
    • Designed for corporates, AT&T Connect proposes complete scalable IP software architectures for voice and video communication for a fixed price and unlimited usage. It is partly hosted and partly on-site.
  • Adobe Acrobat Connect Professional
    • Like other Adobe products, AA Connect is a powerful audio and video conferencing, file sharing and whiteboard. It is a complete web communications solution. The price is flexible with several pay-per-use plans. The only software requirement is Adobe Flash Player. A free trial is possible.