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6 Outstanding Skype Alternatives for Aspiring Communication Rock Stars

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“Can you hear me now?”

Verizon’s catchphrase might have kicked off Paul Marcarelli’s career as wireless’s most sought-after icon, but it also aptly describes trying to connect with friends and colleagues online.

Between outages, crashes, poor video quality, stop-and-start audio, and moments where you think the other person is listening, but the screen’s been cut out for two minutes while you’ve been talking to no one, video messaging has a long way to go.

For a long time now, Skype has been the market leader in VoIP—but that’s changing. As of now, users love Skype’s free video calling, high-quality sound and video, screen sharing features, messaging, and intuitive phone app. Yet, reviewers are also quick to complain about regular crashes both on PC and mobile, poor contact tagging, and the dearth of business features.

Skype Alternatives

With those problems in mind, I’ve rounded up six outstanding Skype alternatives that aren’t far from Skype’s free or low-cost versions. I only considered collaboration software that had high reviews in Capterra’s directory and options with features that could easily compete with Skype’s own.

The options listed below are listed alphabetically, and not by order of preference.

1. Glip

Why is Glip a Standout Skype Alternative?

Skype is a specialized video conferencing app, hyper focused on communication. Glip, instead, is a full project management software option with exceptional video conferencing features. Users can set a time to meet on their shared calendar, chat, and use Glip’s task management functions to create action items during meetings. Glip relies on Zoom to provide advanced conferencing services, including screen sharing and event recording.

What Do Reviewers Say?

Glip has 4.5/5 stars on Capterra with over 50 reviews. Reviewers are largely happy with the app, noting that “[it] is the best collaboration tool on the market today” and that it’s the “best thing since sliced bread.” One user also noted, “Their international dial-in numbers don’t always work so we get a bit frustrated with that and call quality for international isn’t always the best, but it is way more affordable than an international call.” Overall, users are happy with Glip as a communication service.

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Pros:

Cons:

  • Relies on third-party software for complete video conferencing features
  • Customer service can be slow to respond

Price:

Glip is free for unlimited posts, storage, integrations, and guest users for up to 500 minutes of video chat total. Pricing scales per user with video; for example, for 1,000 minutes of video chat per user, Glip costs $5/user/month.

2. GoToMeeting

Why is GoToMeeting a Standout Skype Alternative?

If you work at a small or mid-sized company and don’t want to use Skype, consider GoToMeeting. It’s easy to use—one-click meetings are the standard—and offers some advanced video meeting functionality, like HD video conferencing, dial-in conferences, and even keyboard sharing within a screenshare. GoToMeeting is also a good choice for creative or AEC firms, as drawing tools are available within video conferences.

What Do Reviewers Say?

GoToMeeting has 4/5 stars on Capterra with over 160 reviews, and most reviewers are “extremely likely” to recommend it to other businesses. Many reviews reference using GoToMeeting for several years without issue. Emily Janosko of Needles, Inc. writes, “This software is very easy to use. I’ve used it once a week, every week for the past 2 years to conduct meetings. Would highly recommend it!”

(Have something to add? Leave a review for GoToMeeting!)

Pros:

  • Meetings are simple to set up and call into
  • Offers a virtual whiteboard
  • Screen, mouse, and keyboard sharing options available

Cons:

  • New users need to download GoToMeeting to get started
  • In-meeting user interfaces can get cluttered quickly

Price:

Pricing scales based on the number of participants. GoToMeeting can act as a free Skype alternative for businesses that only need to provide calling to three participants. After that, GoToMeeting costs $19/month (when billed annually) for up to ten participants, $29/month for up to 50 participants, and $49/month for up to 100 participants.

3. Highfive

Why is Highfive a Standout Skype Alternative?

Calling all mid-sized businesses: Highfive is made for you. The product is hardware and software in one—for each room that might use video conferencing and already has a display, Highfive provides hardware with wide-angle cameras, high-fidelity mics, and audio from Dolby Voice. In other words, Highfive went after Skype’s feedback problem and cut it off with its own system—no more awkwardly asking your colleagues to repeat themselves. The software itself offers wireless TV projection, remote screen sharing, phone dial-in, and multiple video feeds.

What Do Reviewers Say?

Highfive has 4.5/5 stars on Capterra with over 60 reviews and the company is notably responsive to all constructive feedback. Reviewers love the quality of Highfive’s audio and visual equipment. For example, Britt Flood writes, “I love being able to see my coworkers shining faces on this crystal clear feed first thing in the morning. It’s almost TOO clear, I feel like my colleague from California is sitting right next to me.” Some have struggled with Highfive when the internet is slow at their office, and Highfive is working to develop its product to work better over insecure internet connections.

(Have something to add? Leave a review for Highfive!)

Pros:

  • High-quality audio and visuals
  • Responsive to user feedback
  • 128-bit AES encryption
  • Offers calling to mobile phones and landlines and supports group screen sharing

Cons:

  • Not good for majority-remote companies; requires hardware and meeting rooms to function well
  • CPU intensive

Price:

Pricing scales with functionality and starts at $99/month per room when paid annually.

4. Join.Me

Why is Join.Me a Standout Skype Alternative?

If you’re a freelancer or small business looking for free Skype alternatives, Join.Me’s free plan is hard to compete with. For a grand total of zero dollars and no cents, users get ten participants, screen sharing, internet calling, and even email support—upgrades will get users huge amounts of cloud storage (up to 5TB), unlimited whiteboards, and unlimited international conference lines. That’s all to say: if you’re looking to avoid paying for Skype for Business, Join.Me is a fantastic competitor.   

What Do Reviewers Say?

Join.Me has 4.5/5 stars on Capterra with 50 reviews. Users note that, when compared to Skype, Join.Me’s connection tends to be more consistent. For example, one reviewer wrote, “The quality is good and there is less fumble [sic] than using Skype or other programs.” Users also particularly like the UI, praising its “[easy] to use and minimalist interface” and “simplistic UI/UX.” Some reviewers noted that there is a lag in mouse movement when screen sharing.

(Have something to add? Leave a review for Join.Me!)

Pros:

  • Excellent free version
  • Noted lack of bugs and video conferencing interruptions
  • Well-reviewed Android app

Cons:

  • Reviewers are disappointed with the iOS app
  • Paid versions can price out many SMBs.

Price:

Free plan for ten meeting participants, five video feeds, and ten whiteboards. After that, pricing scales from $18 per user, per month when billed annually.

5. ReadyTalk

Why is ReadyTalk a Standout Skype Alternative?

Aimed specifically at small and medium-sized businesses, ReadyTalk offers many of Skype’s most popular features, including group screen sharing, file sharing, voice messaging, instant messaging, and calling to mobile and landline phones. No matter the number of users or price plan, ReadyTalk provides unlimited recording playback, annotation tools, Google Cal, Lync, Outlook, Dynamics, and Salesforce integrations, and 24/7 customer support.

What Do Reviewers Say?

ReadyTalk has 4.5/5 stars on Capterra with over 50 reviews. Most noted ReadyTalk’s clear connection and short learning curve; for example, Erin Williams of the Washington Business Alliance wrote, “Clear calls, easy-to-use but still elaborate video conferencing functions and webinar tools.” Sarah Conrad of StayWell added that the Skype alternative, “Keeps a conference call efficient and organized!” On the other end, some reviewers noted that media files load slowly and that the UI is cluttered. Reviewers overwhelmingly had positive things to say about ReadyTalk’s customer support.

(Have something to add? Leave a review for ReadyTalk!)

Pros:

  • Easy to learn
  • Outstanding customer support
  • Goes toe-to-toe with Skype’s functionality

Cons:

Price:

Starts at $24 per month per host when paid annually (with up to nine participants).

6. Wimi

Why is Wimi a Standout Skype Alternative?

For project management teams across all organization sizes, it’s tough to beat out Wimi (which was also named a top to-do app and a top Basecamp alternative). Starting a call requires no download; simply share a link and get started. With a Wimi account, users can participate in many of Skype’s cornerstone features, like sending texts and files, group calling, and group screen sharing. What’s even better is that Wimi can act as a full project management software suite, so its video conferencing system acts as a bonus feature rather than as the emphasis of the system.

What Do Reviewers Say?

Wimi has 5/5 stars on Capterra with over 60 reviews. Timothée Demoures wrote, “Wimi is at the heart of our success here at Eloquens.com. This ‘all-included’ software enables us to clearly communicate and work together as a team on our different initiatives in a both organised and fun way.” Laurent Proux of Nutec put it a little more succinctly: “Neat interface, rich feature set.” Proux also added, “video calls [are] limited to 7 participants per room—” a problem for users looking to use Skype for larger calls.

(Have something to add? Leave a review for Wimi!)

Pros:

  • Full project management system with heavy video conferencing features
  • Responsive customer service team
  • No installation required

Cons:

  • Limits the number of users per video call
  • Not dedicated to video conferencing

Price:

Users can start using Wimi for free, whereas larger companies may want to upgrade to $12 per user, per month for more storage and security.

More Skype alternatives?

As more people answer “yes” to “can you hear me now,” more systems, like Amazon Chime, will make their way onto the market, challenging Skype’s status quo.

Which Skype alternatives deserve to be on this list but didn’t make it? Let me know in the comments below, or better yet, leave a review.

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Rachel Burger

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Rachel is a content manager for Capterra, a free online resource that quickly matches businesses to their software needs. She specializes in project management tips, tools, and tricks . She also runs her own blog on content marketing. On the rare occasion Rachel isn't writing, she's reading, hiking, jogging, or spending time with her friends and family.

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