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Topic # 138401 2-Jan-2014 17:18 Send private message

Hi folks, was just wondering if anyone had any modern day video chatting software alternatives than Skype? I know there is Yahoo Messenger, but that doesn't work well.

Thanks.




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  Reply # 960374 2-Jan-2014 17:44 2 people support this post Send private message

Google Hangouts

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  Reply # 960376 2-Jan-2014 17:49 Send private message

As much as I hate Apple, FaceTime is awesome. Much nicer than Skype but does require both parties to have a "I" device.



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  Reply # 960377 2-Jan-2014 17:56 Send private message

marpada: Google Hangouts


Ah yes, forgot about this one, thanks.

Unfortunately family can't use Google services in China.. I know, I should have made it clearer at the beginning, but was trying to look at this at all angles.






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  Reply # 960378 2-Jan-2014 17:57 Send private message

tchart: As much as I hate Apple, FaceTime is awesome. Much nicer than Skype but does require both parties to have a "I" device.


Yeah, I don't have a supported iDevice permanently for that.. but thanks for the suggestion!






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  Reply # 960380 2-Jan-2014 17:58 Send private message

I was looking at more of a software/service that could support a wide range of platforms.




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  Reply # 960385 2-Jan-2014 18:24 One person supports this post Send private message

The voice clarity and quality of Viber on iPhone is way better than Skype; this is based on calls made to UK landline and mobiles.

And it is available on PC/MAC desktop; ios; android; windows phone; blackberry

www.viber.com





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  Reply # 960392 2-Jan-2014 19:01 Send private message

Yep, I have Viber, but it doesn't have video calling yet. It doesn't seem like there are many alternatives with video calling these days.. let's see what Kim Dotcom's MEGA is like with their upcoming video chatting service.

But thanks guys for your suggestions.




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  Reply # 960396 2-Jan-2014 19:19 Send private message

There is an app called oovoo which definitely supports video calling and it's cross platforms as well

Another one would be LINE, which is THE most popular app of its kind in Japan I think

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  Reply # 960404 2-Jan-2014 19:41 Send private message

Fring - this was one of the original services, started its days on Nokia phones.




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  Reply # 960405 2-Jan-2014 19:42 Send private message

I remember Fring; I tried using it back then but it was quite cumbersome to use in the early days!




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  Reply # 960418 2-Jan-2014 20:33 Send private message

sonyxperiageek: I remember Fring; I tried using it back then but it was quite cumbersome to use in the early days!

It's come a long way since then. Uses your mobile number now to register: so similar to how Viber registers.




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  Reply # 960422 2-Jan-2014 20:37 Send private message

sonyxperiageek:
marpada: Google Hangouts


Ah yes, forgot about this one, thanks.

Unfortunately family can't use Google services in China.. I know, I should have made it clearer at the beginning, but was trying to look at this at all angles.


LINE





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  Reply # 960424 2-Jan-2014 21:07 Send private message

Out of interest, what is the issue with Skype?





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  Reply # 960429 2-Jan-2014 21:12 Send private message

Nothing is wrong with Skype here, but in China, family is having quality issues, and I want to explore some alternatives as well. But 8/10 it's probably their internet..




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