Google Hangouts
About

Hangouts is Google’s longest-running messaging and video chat service. As of June 2020, this service will only be offered to anyone with an @gmail.com or @googlemail.com email address.

Cost

  • Free if you have a Gmail account or profile.

How to get it

You can find it in the Gmail sidebar and here.

Limitations

Up to 10 participants per call.

The user limitations for the messaging service is not stipulated.

Google Hangouts Meet

About

Google Hangouts Meet is Google’s paid video conferencing software, provided as part of G Suite. It’s like the video chat service in Google Hangouts but supports more participants.

Cost

  • Basic: +-R90/month ($4.8/month) – Up to 100 participants per call
  • Basic: +-R180/month ($9.6/month) – Up to 150 participants per call
  • Basic: +-R460/month ($25/month) – Up to 250 participants per call
  • If you are a G Suite or G Suite for Education customer, you get free access to Google’s advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities until the end of September 2020

How to get it

Click here.

Limitations

Up to 30 participants per call.

Joining Calls

A link can be sent to the participants to join the meeting.

The host need to Admit the participants that joins the meeting.

Skype

About

Skype is Microsoft’s video, audio, and text communication app available across multiple platforms. The software program enables you to use your computer or mobile phone to communicate with other people.

Cost

  • Free if you call another laptop or mobile phone.

How to get it

Skype online – Click here

Download the Skype app for your desktop or phone – Click here

Limitations

Up to 50 participants per call.

Joining Calls

The host and the participants will need to be connected first before the meeting can be helt.

 

Zoom

About

Zoom is an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, etc.

Cost

  • Basic: Free – Up to 100 participants per call with a 40-minute time limit
  • Pro: +-R280/month ($14.99/month) – Up to 100 participants per call with a 24-hour time limit
  • Business: +-R370/month/host ($19.99/month/host) – Starting at 10 hosts and up to 300 participants per call
  • Enterprise: +-R370/month/host ($19.99/month/host) – Starting at 100 hosts and up to 500 participants per call
  • Enterprise Plus – Up to 1 000 participants per call

How to get it

Zoom online – Click here

Download the Zoom app for your desktop or phone – Click here

Limitations

Please see the Cost section for limitations.

Joining Calls

A link can be sent to the participants to join the meeting.

Meetings can be started immediately or can be scheduled for a later date and time.

The host need to Admit the participants that joins the meeting

The participants will need to enable their camera and microfone (If required)

Microsoft Teams

About

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that allows teams to work together and share information via a common space. Users can access various key Office 365 apps and tools from a central place, such as calendars and meetings (Outlook) and call and meet team members (Skype).

Cost

  • No extra cost to Office 365 users
  • Microsoft Teams Free: No cost – No call scheduling or hosting conferencing meetings
  • Office 365 Business Essentials: +- R92/month/user ($5/month/user)
  • Office 365 Business Premium: +-R230/month/user ($12,50/month/user)

How to get it

Click here to get the free or paid versions.

Office 365 users already have access to Teams.

Limitations

Please click here to see the full list of limitations for the different packages.

Whereby

About

Whereby is a browser-based video meeting tool which allows for fast and easy video collaboration from anywhere in the world.

Cost

  • Free – Restricted to 4 participants per call
  • Pro: +-R185/month ($9,99/month) – Up to 12 participants per call
  • Business: +-R1 100/month ($59,99/month) – Up to 50 participants per call

How to get it

Go to www.whereby.com. Use your email to create a Whereby account. After registering, you can create your Room Link.

Limitations

Please click here to see the full list of limitations for the different packages.

WebinarJam

About

WebinarJam is a flexible webinar hosting software used by various businesses and industries for online marketing. The system is an innovative solution for live casting, event streaming, and webinar broadcasting.

Cost

  • Trial: +-R20 ($1) for 14 days
  • Basic: +-R770/month ($42/month) – Unlimited webinars, up to two presenters, up to 500 attendees and two hours duration max.
  • Professional: +-R1 100/month ($58/month) – Unlimited webinars, up to four presenters, up to 2 000 attendees and three hours duration max.
  • Enterprise: +-R /month ($84/month) – Unlimited webinars, up to six presenters, up to 5 000 attendees and four hours duration max.

How to get it

Once you’ve signed up for the trial or a package, download their plugin to use the software in your browser seamlessly.

Limitations

Please click here to see the full list of limitations for the different packages.

Demio

About

Demio is a webinar platform made for live events and marketing campaigns.

Cost

  • Free 14-day trial – 20 participants per call and 1-hour time limit
  • Starter: +-R630 /month ($34/month) – 50 participants per call
  • Growth: +-R1 300/month ($69/month) – 150 participants per call
  • Business: +-R3 000/month ($163/month) – 500 participants per call

How to get it

Click here to get the free trial.

Limitations

Please click here to see the full list of limitations for the different packages.