Web conferencing has become the preferred method for remote teams to collaborate and conduct business. But the cost web conferencing tools may be prohibitively high. For this reason, many startups, entrepreneurs, and self-employed workers use free web conferencing tools to host and participate in online meetings.

Free web conferencing software sometimes lacks the features offered by paid programs or only provides limited trial periods. These restrictions may still be worth it, depending on your circumstances.

To save you the hassle of looking for the best free video conferencing solution, here is a list of five great tools.

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Screenshot of the Uberconference website.
What we like
  • Rooms are available for numerous locations.

  • Meetings can be recorded easily.

  • Screen sharing and mobile apps are available.

What we don’t like
  • The PIN must be used on a free account.

  • International numbers are not available for free accounts.

  • The free account is limited to 10 members.

Uberconference is a useful web conferencing tool that hosts video conferences. Uberconference also includes some great features in its free plan including call recording, voice transcription, music hold, screen sharing and up to 10 participants per call. (Paid version is limited to 100 participants.)

They also offer unlimited conference calls per month and do not require a PIN to initiate or join a call. The disadvantage of the free version of Uberconference is that calls are limited to 45 minutes and international calls are not supported.

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Intermedia AnyMeeting

Screenshot of the Intermedia AnyMeeting website.
What we like
  • Desktop and mobile applications.

  • Screen sharing and screen annotation are available.

  • Custom meeting URLs are available for all tiers.

What we don’t like
  • Limited time free trial.

  • The starting program allows only four participants.

  • You can only record meetings at the most expensive level.

Formerly known as Freebinar. Intermedia AnyMeeting is a paid web conferencing tool with a free 14 day trial. (Used to offer a free, ad-based webinar, but have since upgraded to a tiered subscription.)

AnyMeeting offers two pricing levels: Lite and Pro. Both plans allow for meetings of up to 200 people. There are also unlimited meetings, screen sharing, VoIP/PSTN audio calls, and meeting chats. The Pro version provides a bit more features, including the ability to record meetings, upload presentations, take notes, and let attendees directly control the mouse and keyboard for more advanced collaboration tools.

Participants don’t need to download an app or plugin to join the meeting, but hosts will manage the meeting using the software.

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Screenshot of the Mikogo website.
What we like
  • At the end of the trial, the 14-day premium version does not require a credit card and returns a free account.

  • Offers support for multiple monitors.

What we don’t like
  • Only allowed for 25 participants at professional and team levels.

  • Lower/Free levels only allow 1 member.

Mikogo is another great web conferencing tool with a free 14-day trial. Having an unlimited number of participants meetings At the same time (with a paid subscription), Mikogo has all the necessary features that make it a useful tool for online meetings.

Hosts can record meetings, switch between presenters, and pause screen sharing (e.g. great when you need to open a document in a private folder). You can even control the speed and color quality of the screen to save throughput .

The downside is the number of participants that can fit a call, which is only 25 across all pricing levels. This is less than most of the other services on this list.

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Screenshot of the Skype webpage.
What we like
  • Calls can be completely web-based without the need to download anything.

  • No credit card required.

  • Background blur is available.

What we don’t like
  • Call quality can be difficult.

  • Limited to 10 participants at a time.

  • Monthly fee for voice calls.

Skype, one of the earliest video chat services, provides a more multi-platform, pay-as-you-go video conferencing solution with free calls between Skype subscribers. Skype Meetings is a free Skype video conferencing service. It offers most of the same tools and features found in this review, including screen sharing, file uploads, and HD audio and video. There are also options for real-time translation, sending SMS messages and calling landlines.

The downside is that you can host up to 10 participants at the same time. However, Skype is great for users who make a lot of calls to international or landline numbers. International plans allow you to make calls worldwide for a monthly fee. (In the US, that’s $2.99 ​​per month unlimited calls.) There’s also a pay-as-you-go option through Skype Credit and Skype to Go.

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Screenshot of the Zoom web page.
What we like
  • Up to 100 participants (even on the free plan).

  • Whiteboard and split screen available.

  • Recording options are available.

What we don’t like
  • The free service limits calls to 40 minutes.

  • Some of the more useful features are hidden behind paywalls.

Zoom, like many other options, is a web conferencing tool that offers both free and paid plans. The free Zoom account has some pretty solid features, including meetings for up to 100 participants, unlimited one-on-one meetings, video and audio conferencing, and functions collaboration in groups, such as interactive whiteboard and screen sharing.

The only downside to Zoom is that multi-party conferences are limited to 40 minutes. Paid services allow unlimited call duration, hundreds of meeting participants, cloud-based call recording space, admin panels, custom emails and URLs, and company branding.

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