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While Skype (with Video conferencing up to 10 people) has been a household mainstream platform for consumers for over a decade, there are several other services that offer the same thing and more. Here are some others to consider:
FastTik is a communication app for calling and messaging with additional amazing features. Besides the highly-functional free video calling & chat, now you can easily discover and chat with anyone anywhere, and call friends and family from contacts. FastTik mixes functionality with excitement to give you the best video & instant messaging features!
Communication is free with zero fees or charges. FastTik use your phone’s internet connection (EDGE, 2G, 3G, 4G, LTE & WiFi).
Discover and communicate with friends and other users in different geographical locations on “Discover” map. See the people around you or explore the WORLD. Start an excitement, meet new people nearby & enjoy a random chat with someone thrilling nearby or anywhere around the world. Your new friend finder! Filter “Discover” results by tapping “Search icon” on the top right and choose from (My Contacts/All Users/or both). Also, choose map type (Standard/Satellite/ or Hybrid)!
Features include voice and video calls, instant video messaging, voice messaging, messaging and sending and receiving of photos and videos.
Rather than texting or even voice messaging, now you can send your message with your own facial impressions to communicate with family and friends. Instant video messages will be deleted after 10 seconds of being checked by the receiver. If instant video message is not checked by receiver, it will be deleted permanently after 24 hours.
Phytter by HEC International Philippines is a reliable and friendly online VoIP option that can be used in as many ways as you like.
iPhytter 3.0 is a free application and is available for international calling at an extremely low communication fee. As long as the internet is accessible, you can enjoy SIP calls anywhere. iPhytter is simple and handy and can help you cut extra calling expenses.
A free plan is available, which only requires registration of PHYTTER ID.
It can be a fax machine, conference tool, broadcaster and just general chat system. With this, many people find it increasingly easy to work with Phytter as it offers a more general, all-purpose range of solutions unlike many other VoIP systems. From using it as a fax machine to sending conference dates and managing the call from one app, Phytter makes it easier than ever before to manage and successfully prepare your performance as a business.
Google Voice and Google Hangouts
Google Voice phone service gives you a free phone number to use on your phone, tablet, and computer. The service offers international calling, conferencing, call blocking, ringing any of your phone lines, voicemail and voicemail transcription, text messaging from your phone or computer from your free phone number and more. Currently the service is limited to US subscribers. Android or iOS. Calls within the US and Canada are free except for a few areas which cost 1 cent per minute. Calles to the US and Canada from other countries are 1 cent per minute. To setup Google Voice, all you need is a PC browser with Internet, telephone and a US phone number.
International users have the option to make calls using Google Hangouts (with Video conferencing up to 10 people) on a computer, Android or Apple mobile device.
WeChat (Voice and Video Conferencing up to 9 people)
WeChat is a free messaging service for desktop or mobile smartphone (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Symbian) that offers phone calls, video conferencing and conference calls, instant messages, voice and text messages.
Features including “Look Around”, which allows users to find other users through geo-location; “Moments”, for capturing and sending photos; “Walking Talkie”, for inviting friends into a “walkie-talkie” style group chat.
WeChat also offers a VoIP service enabling users to make international calls for low rates.
YouVoice (Voice 1-1 calling and 3-way)
Want to easily meet new people, connect and have fun? It is one of the best ways to have fun or connect anonymously. The app will enable you to find friends and connect with random people that have similar interests. YouVoice has all the needed features you may need to make a meaningful interaction.
Viber (Voice and 1-1 Video calling)
Viber enables you to make calls and group calling up to 50 people, video chats, texts, and image sharing over wifi connections. Calls between Viber users are free and start at .013/minute for calling out. Viber works across computers, Windows, iOS and Android smartphone devices.
Line (Voice and 1-1 Video calling)
Line is a messaging software that enables real-time voice and video calls, individual and group messaging, photo and video sharing, send voicemails and location information. Calls between Line accounts are free, and calls outside of the app are 1 cent per minute. The service is available for desktops and smartphones (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, and Nokia).
Appear.in (Video Conferencing for 8 people)
Appear.in enables you to video conference up to 8 people. All you need is a browser to run the service. The process involves a straightforward chat room creation with various options. Appear.in works across computers, iOS and smartphone Android smartphone devices.
ooVoo (Video Conferencing for 12 people)
ooVoo enables you to video conference up to 12 people. Setup is simple and only requires a browser or mobile app to run the service. You can send a web-bast chat to anyone by sending a link to join a video call. The service is available for desktops and smartphones (iOS, Android, Windows Phone).
Talky (Video Conferencing for 15 people)
Talky is a free and simple video calling service for up to 15 people in a room. Setup is simple and only requires a browser or mobile smartphone app to run the service. Simply enter a room name on the homepage to start a chat. Chat rooms may be protected.