The days of holding a phone conference are over. Today, it’s all about video chatting. Since nearly everyone has a smartphone capable of handling video chats, it’s no surprise more people are discussing business ventures and opportunities via their phones. Video chats are not only convenient – we’re always with our smartphones so we can hold a video chat wherever or whenever – it also offers the chance to talk to someone else face-to-face. That can sometimes go a long way. While most smartphones come equipped with built-in video software, they may not function across all platforms. So, if you’re looking to get on board with video chat for all phones, check out these seven suggestions.
You can log into this popular video chat app by using your Facebook account. That’s painless. But what makes ooVoo so popular is that it links contacts from Facebook and your phone. You can also chat with up to 12 friends at once and it’s free for iOS, Android, Windows, and BlackBerry.
Skype is one of the oldest, and probably the most well-known, video chat apps out there. Skype allows its 299 million users to video chat, voice chat, and instant messaging each other. That’s probably the best thing about Skype – the fact that so many people already have it.
Tango stands out for two reasons. It’s incredibly simple to use and you don’t need a password, you just need just to enter your phone number, email address, and first name. It’s also free on iOS, Android, and Windows and has some neat features like being able to play darts or tic-tac-toe with friends during a conversation. This is not recommenced, however, during business calls.
Since nearly everyone has Google these days, it shouldn’t be difficult to find another person with Hangouts. Besides the typical features – voice and video chat, instant messaging, and group video chat for up to 10 people – you can also share photos and emojis. Also, Hangouts is one of the few apps that allows public, live-streamed video chats.
Looking for a video chat app strictly for business? Peer is the way to go. The app syncs with LinkedIn so professionals can have a face-to-face way to communicate and connect with each other. Peer also includes other nifty features such as the ability to send pre-recorded video messages as invites, or text. As of now, Peer is only available in iTunes, but expect Google play and desk top versions are in the works.
Viber accomplishes all the usual tasks you’re looking for – free text, calling, and photo messages - but you can also share items such as files and your location. Plus, Viber allows group calling for up to 40 participants, just in case need to chat with that many people at once.
Of course Camfrog allows you to chat with friends, family, and acquaintances, but you can also start or join a chat room if you want to meet new people. In a way, it’s a hybrid between a social discovery app and video chat app, which is pretty cool. It’s free for iOS, Android, and Windows.