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New ways to communicate through the Internet

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Internet allows people to communicate in new ways. In these days, the traditional call is no longer the only way to contact with other people, we have in front of us several systems that allow to contact in an easy way and free, or with a low cost.

It’s only a click away to start using some of the VoIP systems that we have now available. So in this post we have prepared a compilation with the best and most used videoconferencing and calling applications and services.

Top videoconferencing and calling applications and services

This is our compilation for the people who want to know and try the videoconferencing applications and services:

  • Skype: One of the first to appear in the segment of the Internet calls for businesses and individuals. Allows free calls and also offers payment solutions (plans for calls to phones all over the world, videoconferencing between more than one person). There are versions for multiple platforms: PC, Mac and Linux, Android, iPhone, iPhone, Symbian and also for some TV. (More info)
  • Google Talk: Through the web (requires installing a plugin) or its desktop client (PC only), with a free Google account allows videoconferencing between Android and desktop computers. You can also call landlines and mobile phones, buying credit and paying per minute of call (More info)
  • Facetime: It’s the native app for the iOS devices, iPhone and iPad, and recently incorporated to the latest version of the OSx for Mac desktop computers. It allows to run free videoconference between those Apple devices, but only when connected to a wifi or home network (DSL or cable), because the ISP and Apple are blocking this application over the 3G network (More info)
  • Viber: App for the iPhone and Android smartphones, very easy to install and connect and call (audio only) with others, with its system based in the telephone numbers. Also allows to send free short messages between Viber users. It runs over 3G and wifi networks and its free. (More info)
  • Tango: Very similar to Viber, it runs on the iPhone and Android platforms, but also there is a PC version for Windows based computers and it allows also videoconference. It’s easy to install and to connect with others and call, with its system based in the telephone numbers. It runs over 3G and wifi networks and its free. (More info)
  • Facebook videocalls: The las to arrive to this industry, as a consequence of the alliance between Facebook and Skype. It allows to call just clicking the call button at the top of a friend’s profile or chat window and it doesn’t need to launch new software (but you need to install a small plugin before calling the first time). It only runs on the main website and is not available for the mobile platforms (More info)

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Applications in the business world

Videoconferencing systems allow the development of new tools and services in the business enviroment. Any business can benefit from the use from videoconferencing systems and incorporate them into their processes. For example, in the process for selecting new employees, more and more processes managed through these systems. They reduce the time needed to carry out the recruitment, they save costs, they make better use of resources … they’re all advantages.

Another consequence of the use of this systems, is that are being reduced the travel expenses for the executives, comercial, technical and other staff. With the videoconferencing systems, they can hold meetings and do business as if they were in the same room, also if they are in different countries or separated by thousand of miles. What’s the diference? Well, sometimes you need to taste the human factor and be in first person in front of others, but not always.

Conclusions

The voice systems are very useful in the personal and business enviroment. Anyone can connect with others in a easy way with a really low cost and free too. But those systems are not growing alone in this new scenario in the communications industry, the chat systems are also playing a leading role in this revolution and there are several aplications and services that are being used by millions of people around the world. We’ll speak about those systems in another post in this blog. Stay tunned.

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