So you decide to go to Peru on vacation. Your accountant’s in Spain, your employees are in California, and they are all waiting for you to get back to have a conference. What do you do? Do you delay the call and productivity because your away and just move the conference to another day?
The answer is: No. We’re living in the 21st century. It’s time we start acting like it!
Our own chief editor and evangelist, Ramon Ray, has had a similar situation. He went to a community fair with his kids, when he realized that he had to make an international call. Cell phone rates for international calls are outrageous. What was he going to do? He quickly snatched Skype’s mobile app and installed it on his smartphone and off he went, making the call as required. It went just like clockwork.
We’re no longer living in an era where we have to rely on antiquated methods to reach the people we want to. We have applications like these:
- Skype’s Mobile App – If you want to use the same solution mentioned earlier, Skype has apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. The apps might not include multi-party conferencing options for video calls, but they do have many useful features like face-to-face calling. The app’s free for Skype-to-Skype calls and, of course, are charged only when you call a cell phone or land line directly.
- iVisit – This one’s pretty interesting, as it allows you to attend meetings via your mobile phone for free, much like how Skype allows calls within the software for free as long as both parties use it. You obviously cannot start a conference from the mobile application, and you do have to pay $4.95 a month to have the collaboration software, which supports up to eight users. It’s not a bad deal, considering the vast opportunities this gives you for your meetings.
- ooVoo - This highly promising service allows you to chat with up to 12 people for free within one video conference. Its Android and iOS software allows you to set up 4-way video conferences also – a major plus that knocks it right out of the ballpark. Its premium service costs just under 3 dollars a month and allows for an ad-free environment with screencasting abilities added.
While you’re at the airport, on a bus, on a train, or on one of those new fancy planes that support Wi-Fi, you’re not necessarily stuck having to pay exorbitant prices for calls. You can make a call right here, right now using the right software. Don’t ever forget that!