grandparents and kidsGrandparents Day is September 11, 2016. Here is the perfect Grandparent’s Day Gift – A Video Call!

Keeping touch can be difficult if you live miles away from your family members. Many cell plans include unlimited log distance and some local phone companies offer these too. This has really helped families stay in touch. Now with video conference calls you can see the your parents, your kids , grandkids, brother, sister and friends……. long distance.

It is easy to do too, all you and whoever you are calling need is:

  • Computer with a microphone either built in or attached via a USB port
  • Internet connection
  • Webcam
  • Free Video Conferencing Service (Same one as you use)

I have found the on screen directions for using the free video conference services are fairly easy.

Here Are Some Free Video Conferencing Services

ooVoo
ooVoo allows free video conferencing with up to six users. It allows supports video mail. It runs its own P2P servers, and can therefore afford to offer good quality.

Facetime
Facetime is for Mac users. It is the VoIP and video conferencing tool that comes with Leopard, the latest in the Mac OS X series. It is quite rich in features. You will need to have a .Mac or AOL account to make video calls.

Skype
Skype is the most popular of VoIP voice and chat applications but still lagging behind in terms of video. Only one to one communication is allowed, unless with some third-party plugins. But Skype comes with all its momentum and popularity.

Yugma
Yugma offers free teleconferencing with up to 10 participants. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. The number of participants can be extended to 500, with some advanced features, if you pay for the premium product.

Vbuzzer
Vbuzzer offers free video conferencing on invitation, which can be done through their website, which also allows sending video mail.

Ekiga
Formerly known as GnomeMeeting, Ekiga is a Linux native application. It is open source and therefore free. It supports a lot of codecs and offers many features. It supports both SIP and H.323. Remote calls to mobile phones are also allowed.

Tokbox
Tokbox allows completely free video conferencing with up to six participants. You can talk using your browser, in which it can be embedded. No need to download a client.

Eyejot
Eyejot is nother free video conferencing application. It works embedded in a browser and does not require downloading and installing a client. The strong point of eyejot is its video mail feature.

SightSpeed
SightSpeed is a free PC-based call and single party video conferencing tool. The paid service ($4.95/mo) service comes with video mail, multi party video and file sharing. It supports browser video communication for non-SightSpeed users.

Happy Grandparents Day!

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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