You have most likely heard of WebEx - the industry leader in video web conferencing software. But in this article, I'm going to tell you about some services you may or may not have considered for your video conferencing needs.
All make face time easy for businesses of all sizes - without the expense of traveling.
Here are product reviews of 2 top lessor known providers:
Advantages: HearMe is a user-friendly, web-based service to hold online meetings right from your desktop. And it's free for your guests to join. You can share files on your computer securely, view uploaded videos, transfer files, and chat privately. There is a flat monthly rate depending on the size of your meeting room and audio is included. So you can see and talk as long as you want.
There is a free 14 day trial for 1st time users for 5 people when you register with a valid credit card. If you cancel before the trial period ends, your card will not be charged.
Cost Per Month:
25 person meeting room - $99 per month
50 person meeting room - $149 per month
100 person meeting room - $299 per month
Disadvantages: Currently, Mac users can not join a meeting. Also, guests need to register once per meeting room with a user name and password. This could get confusing There are no web cameras included.
Advantages: Megameeting is a full featured, flexible video conferencing solution that allows up to 16 individuals to be seen on video at the same time You can share applications, examine online documents together, or show a live PowerPoint presentation. Some versions even allow an operator to remotely control the computer of another participant. There is a free 14 day trial with a valid credit card and is fully guaranteed for 30 days if you decide to purchase.
Megameeting can also be used by any pc, mac, or linux system. There is also a pay-as-you-go option for businesses who only use video conferencing occasionally. You can choose to pay a flat monthly rate or purchase the system to be used on your own server.
Cost Per Month:
25 person capacity: $225 per month
50 person capacity: $349 per month
100 person capacity: $499 per month
*There is a one time $995 set up fee.
Disadvantages: Set up fee is significant. Also, costs can add up quickly by the minute for the pay-as-you-go for occasional use of the service. There are also no free web cameras included.
There are many quality, but lesser known, video web conferencing services to choose from for budget-minded businesses of all sizes. I hope this article is both informative and helpful for you in making the best decision.
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