Three Low-Cost Video Chat Services
Until recently, online video chat services have been relatively bare-bones, better suited for a call to Grandma than a client. We tried out three services that are upping the ante with business-friendly features such as group chats.
This service, which supports video chats with up to 20 people, is easy to use and bug free. You can share your screen, tweet invites with a chat link, and send video e-mails to other users. The audio and video were crisp during our tests.
COST: Free for basic chats; $9.99 a month and up for more features
ooVoo's business plan supports video chats with up to six people. It lets you share your screen, tweet invites, and record videoconferences. We liked the slick design and high-quality audio and video, but the interface was a bit confusing.
COST: Ranges from free for two-way chats to $39.95 a month per user for the business plan
The beta version of Skype 5.0, currently available only for PCs, allows video chats with up to five people. You can share your screen during calls and record videos using an add-on. Skype had the fewest dropped connections and smoothest calls during our test, but, like ooVoo, it was a bit confusing.