If you want to keep in touch with friends and family via online voice or video calling, two free and popular programs you might consider are Skype and ooVoo. In addition to features unique to each program, both Skype and ooVoo allow you to video call users of the same program for free -- Skype to Skype, ooVoo to ooVoo. Both also allow you to call landline or mobile phone numbers for a fee or for the price of a subscription.
OoVoo's free services include three-way audio and video chat while users who pay for a subscription can video conference with up to six people at once. A Skype user can conference with up to nine other people, though video conferencing is not supported beyond the free one-on-one video calls. Group video calls with Skype require at least one user to have a premium subscription and can support up to 10 users.
Skype and ooVoo both offer mobile versions of their software. Phones such as Android, Symbian and iPhone all support Skype. Several smartphones support ooVoo, including.the iPhone, HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Nexus S and iPod Touch. With mobile versions of Skype or ooVoo, users can video call other users for free, whether they're on their computer or their own mobile device. While Skype mobile only supports two-way video calling, ooVoo mobile supports up to six-way video conferencing.
Web Video Calling
OoVoo, unlike Skype, allows you to place calls to friends who do not have the ooVoo software installed on their computers. OoVoo provides you with a web link which you then sends to your friend. When your friend opens the link in his browser, you're both instantly connected via a web video call. OoVoo also lets you create "Call Me" buttons that you can place on your website, blog or social networking page. A person without ooVoo can click on this button to initiate a Web video call with you, any time.
Skype, unlike ooVoo, offers a premium service called Online Number. When you purchase an Online Number or pay for a subscription that includes one, Skype assigns your account an actual phone number that anyone can call from any phone. Online Numbers come with a free voicemail feature, so that if you're not near your computer when someone calls, you can receive the message later.
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