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Another quick guide from MakeUseOf, this time it’s on group calling and conference apps. The ones that are simple, quick to setup, free, and probably something you would want to use. What do you get? Make instant calls to a group of friends, video chat with play mates, schedule conference calls with colleagues, live brainstorming dashboard, etc. As usual, all apps are free and fairly simple to use. Enjoy!

[NO LONGER WORKS] MeBeamOnline Video Conferencing

Quick and simple way to setup informal video conference calls. Using Mebeam you can instantly setup video conferences with up to 18 people simultaneously. The cool thing about it you don’t have to register or install any kind of software, just create the conference room and share it with others. The only requirement is a working headset.

ooVooVideo Conferencing on your PC

ooVoo is a free video chat program that lets you chat with up-to 6 people at the same time. Basically, it’s a video messaging program with powerful video chat capabilities. At the moment it’s only available to Windows users, but they promise to release Mac client soon. Check out ooVoo video demo.

ooVoo - Free Video Conferencing

RondeePhone Conference Calls


Schedule phone conference calls and invite as many friends as you want. Calls can be scheduled both from the web or phone. You can think of it as a virtual meeting space where you can invite and conference with a group of people using any US phone. To join your conference room, participant only needs to dial Rondee access number (619-276-6333) and enters his/her access code.

Rondee - Phone Conference Calls

FoonzFree Group Calls

Quite similar to the above Rondee, but you also get the option to send group voice messages and organize contacts into groups (i.e. family, freinds, work etc.). You get a separate number for each group. Again, works with any phone, both mobile or landline.

Foonz - Instant Group Calls

TalkShoeLive Talk Shows and Conference Calls

Online community where users can host, participate, or just listen to live interactive talk shows and discussions. You can schedule live multi-person conference talks and invite interested people to join as participants or listeners. The below image shows the whole idea.

Live Talk Shows and Conference Calls

ThinkatureReal-time Collaboration Dashboard

Thinkature is an easy-to-use online brainstorming dashboard with conference support. Here you can create mindmaps, draw and discuss ideas with your teammates in real-time. You can invite as many people as you want. Here is the screenshot.

Thinkature - Live Collaboration Dashboard

You can check out Thinkature video screencast here. Interested in other brainstorming applications? See our round up on Top Brainstorming Applications 6 Excellent Brainstorming and Mindmapping Sites 6 Excellent Brainstorming and Mindmapping Sites Read More .

  1. Baptiste
    March 6, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Great article! I would add to the list -HD audio, collaboration tools and free! Available on PC Mac, iOS and Android.

  2. John
    March 23, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    ooVoo just changed their free version to only host 3 people for video conferencing. You have to pay for 6 people conferencing.

  3. Lafeeu
    March 12, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    The Beta ooVoo for Mac OSX is available ( We use it at work.

  4. Chris Abraham
    January 19, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks, Saul. So, long story short, it *is* developed and published by ooVoo but it isn't on the site yet because it is only the alpha version. However, it is supported by ooVoo itself in the ooVoo forums. So, check it out: I guess the gang at ooVoo are interested in the version getting tested and well-used but they are also interested in not making it official as a wildly-available version. My team pretty much has access to this version as an exclusive for this online outreach, you being someone we think would really be able to use it. Does that do a pretty good job of explaining it?

  5. Saul
    January 18, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Hey Aibek,

    I don't know if I would call it the "official" version - it is only and Alpha version but the version was developed by ooVoo. They will be coming out with the beta version hopefully some time in the near future. In the mean time check out the Mac version and let us know if you have any feedback on it.

    Thanks for the write up and for the questions.

  6. Chris Abraham
    January 16, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you for the kind mention on your blog! I wanted to hook you up with access to the Mac version for you to try out -- so please let your readers know that ooVoo for the Mac is available in Alpha over at -- let me know if you have any question... other that that, there's a new version coming down the pike pretty soon. I will try to let you know when it is available.

    • Aibek
      January 17, 2008 at 9:14 am

      Thanks for heads up. Just wondering, is it official Mac version ?

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