Many people use Skype for its voice over IP(VoIP) and video calling service every day. When Microsoft acquired Skype in 2012 we thought that it is a good news for video chat users as they will see some positive improvisation on this VoIP service. But with the recent changes on Skype, especially where call recording is concerned, has left many users to think about other VoIP tool. There are loads of companies that offer immense VoIP and video chat services, some of them are even better than Skype. Here is a list of some of the alternatives to Skype:
It provides PC-to-PC voice and video calls as well as PC-to-phone calls within the U.S. It is one of the most useful features available for U.S. residents as it enables users to place outbound calls to domestic and international location from their cell phone app, web-based application, or by dialling their Google Voice number. The service also provides a series of useful additional features, such as conference calling, voicemail, SMS, call screening and transcription of voice-mail messages.
Google Voice was launched on March 11, 2009. As of October 2009, Google Voice had around 1.4 million users, out of which 570,000 used the service 7 days a week.
OOvoo is a combination of VoIP, video-conferencing, and IM program. It delivers the best audio and video quality of all the free VoIP programs. If you want a really good connection for reasonable cost, then you should prefer ooVoo. It is available for Android phones, iPhones and iPod Touch devices, and Mac and Windows PCs.
Tinychat is an excellent tool for multiuser video chats. It’s is easy to use, requires no login, and has a clean interface. It’s a Flash-based tool, so it should work in most browsers and around 12 people can join a video chat simultaneously.
It is a cross-platform chat tool with the added bonus of being able to record the calls. This alone makes it worth a look, but best of all is the fact that you can use it in your existing Facebook, Google Talk, MSN/Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo!, AIM or ICQ account along with the service for text chat. This saves a lot of time migrating contacts to yet another new chat service.
Viber is a VoIP app that allows iPhone-to-iPhone calling over Wi-Fi and 3G connections. The app runs on the background, doesn’t have any ads and it won’t charge you anything to make calls. It is available for iPhone, for Android and BlackBerry viber will be available shortly.
Initially, Apple’s video chat application was available only for iPhone users. With the arrival of FaceTime this trend has been changed. It works on Macs and any iOS device with a forward-facing camera, which makes it possible to place Mac-to-Mac, Mac-to-iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, and iPhone/iPod touch/iPad -to-iPhone/iPod touch/iPad calls. The video quality is high, supporting up to 720p resolution on more recent Macs.
It allows video-conferences with up to nine people and broadcast or records these conferences for a world-wide audience. You can also “Hangouts” to have a one-on-one conversation. You can run this service run directly from a Web browser. There’s no need to download a client.
Which is your favorite alternative to Skype?