Once upon a time the only ones using online conference services were employees of large corporations. Today, the landscape has changed. Not only do you see small businesses or even individual contractors availing themselves of these services, but even families and friends are jumping on the bandwagon. Not only are these services outstanding when it comes to making PC to PC connections around the world, but many of them are free! Here are my picks for the best free videoconferencing solutions available today:
10 – Easy Conference
As the name implies this is a simple, yet powerful service that allows businesses, friends and families to teleconference. With support from just 2 people up to 125 this service handles all but the largest meeting sizes.
9 – Dimdim
While not a permanently free service, they do offer a free 30 day trial period, and that, along with their powerful video, instant messaging and screen sharing capabilities allows them to squeak onto the list.
8 – Fuze Meeting
Tired of staring at a 240p window, trying to figure out what exactly your coworker is trying to show you? With Fuze Meeting online meetings can be conducted in HD, giving you crystal clear viewing for your presentations. Fuze also supports HD video in a variety of formats including MP4, FLV, MOV and more.
7 – TokBox
Another dead simple tool that requires no download of software, TokBox will allow you to conference in 199 of your closest friends for an online meeting.
6 – PalTalk
This service steers away from the business side of things and aims at the general public instead. You can use PalTalk to video conference with up to 10 people. It interfaces with existing instant messenging clients like ICQ and Yahoo Messenger.
5 – MegaMeeting
With a full 30 day free trial offer you can fully testdrive this conferencing solution and decide if it meets your needs before committing any cash. It features VoIP audio, a text chat function and good compatibility with Windows, OSX and even Linux.
4 – SightSpeed
Available for both the PC and the Mac SightSpeed is a supremely polished service that offers completely free PC to PC calls. It also offers attractive rates when using a PC to connect to a landline or a mobile phone number.
3 – GoToMeeting
Another service that offers a full 30 day trial to try before you buy, GoToMeeting will allow you to hold an unlimited number of meetings without tacking on any surprise overage charges.
2 – Free Conference Calling
Want to organize a really big meeting? Free Conference Calling allows you to connect up to 500 people at once. The trial version caps individual meeting length at six hours, but that should be more than enough more almost anyone.
1 – Skype
Topping our list of the best free online conference call services is none other than the 800 lb gorilla of the VoIP world. With free PC to PC calls and ridiculously low rates for PC to phone calls to all around the world, Skype has been the number one choice among individuals and businesses for years now.