Video Conferencing Evolution: Prices Go Down and Features Go Up

Videoconferencing is one of the most innovative cost-saving measures big businesses are taking these days. Instead of having staff travel for meetings, which forces a company to pay gas mileage as well as food and lodging costs, videoconferencing can bring together employees located throughout the world.

Until recently, however, small businesses have been unable to find good videoconferencing solutions at affordable prices. Full videoconferencing systems require expensive equipment and cabling–not a feasible expenditure for a small business on a tight budget. Videoconferencing solutions geared toward occasional use, such as Skype and ooVoo, work off of webcams, creating spotty reception and a video resolution that makes your company look less than professional.

“Vidtel’s MeetMe service enables our clients to overcome the No. 1 barrier to implementing video conferencing: the big-­gulp upfront cost of infrastructure,” said Victoria Myers, Myers Network Solutions’
co-founder and director of operations. “Vidtel makes video conferencing a no-­brainer for small business owners who are looking to maximize staff time, minimize travel costs, reduce their carbon footprint and improve customer service.”

Vidtel provides Cloud-based videoconferencing that will rival your big-business competition. Vidtel brings the servers –  You bring the Internet connection, cameras, and electronic device. You can engage in high-quality server-based videoconferencing using your existing laptop, computer, tablet, or smartphone.

When you sign up for Vidtel ‘s monthly subscription you get a phone number you and your colleagues will call into. When you dial into the meeting room, you’ll see everyone in the meeting and interact as if you were all sitting around the conference table together. Up to twelve participants can video chat on one call, saving participants from having to share information with others.

Vidtel MeetMe allows you to connect one-on-one with any videoconferencing system in the world. In addition to saving on the expense of dedicated equipment or high-cost enterprise solutions, you won’t need an I.T. expert to connect using VidTel. Anyone who knows how to dial a phone or input a username and password can use VidTel.

And because Vidtel works with a variety of devices, it works with the new ‘bring your device to work’ trend, which is especially popular with small businesses.

With plans starting at $29.95 a month, Vidtel provides a service small businesses can afford. Plus, its standard definition (480p) and high definition (720p) plans give you quality you’d only see in an on-site videoconferencing. You’ll also have the confidence of knowing your videoconference is secure, keeping you behind corporate firewalls for the duration of your video call. Per-minute plans are also available, for those who need the service on a limited use basis.

With the savings in travel costs and increased productivity, small businesses will likely see a rapid return on investment with Vidtel’s services. You’ll enable your staff to dial in from anywhere, using any device, giving you the chance to meet with your staff on a regular basis.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and young adult/middle grade novelist, who worked in information systems for more than a decade. Her first book, 30 Days of No Gossip, will be released by Simon and Schuster in spring 2014. She lives in Nashville with her husband.

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