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Videoconferencing via the Internet: Call on Smartphones, Save the Planet

September 19, 2013
Alina Krukova

Alina Krukova

Categories: Reviews
  • Cross-platformity
  • Portability
  • Undemanding channel
  • Low cost
  • Environmentally friendly

Video conferencing products

Online videoconferencing is a great way to connect with the right person via the Internet quickly, without having to install any additional hardware or to configure various servers. When connected to the Internet, any user can call another from a computer, or even from a mobile phone — in this lies one of the main advantages of online videoconferencing — their portability and cross-platformity.

Aside from that, a videoconferencing via the Internet is also an undemanding channel. Think about it: in order to make a call to another user or to connect several users in the mode of a multi-point video call, you only need an 128 kbit/s Internet connection. Hardware or hardware-software videoconferencing solutions, for example, require at least 512 kbit/s for more or less acceptable performance.

Mobility, cross-platformity, the ability to contact even with low speeds of Internet connection — those are far away from all of the online videoconferencing benefits. Environmental friendliness is another important factor. However, what do ecology and Internet technology have in common? Now imagine that the emerging opportunity to connect with the colleagues from other cities or countries via the Internet will definitely make you cancel the flight by plane/car ride or train one. And then, suddenly, a whole flight was canceled due to the fact that everyone decided to download the program on their PCs and communicate over the Internet =) So, no fuel emissions into the atmosphere + an enormous saving of time and energy!

Where to Use?

Well, anywhere! In short, wherever you need to set a connection and not to be exhausted either physically, morally or financially. And those are the following activities:


  • Say no to business-trips and exhausting journeys, traffic jams and travel sickness;
  • Stop funding airlines and gas stations;
  • Contact with colleagues from any device, at any time, from anywhere in the world;
  • Stay always in touch with remote employees, branch offices.


  • Attend seminars and lectures remotely at state’s leading universities;
  • No more sending children to the tutor when it is dark outside or in bad weather — just contact the teacher through videoconferencing and control the learning process.

Medical care

  • Contact a specialist fast, get advice on how to treat a particular disease;
  • Leave your relatives under the supervision of doctors (biomonitoring).


  • Call friends, share impressions directly from the beach/mount Everest/Brazilian carnival;
  • Call distant (or not so) relatives from other countries/cities/homes/porches, and warn them of the imminent arrival.

Videoconferencing or Mobile Communication?

Today we can hardly imagine how to live without the Internet. How to call a colleague from the far-away New York or Sydney and clearly explain what needs to be done to ensure smooth operation of the PC? How to contact with your sister, who moved to Paris a month ago and wanted to show off new shopping trophies? After all, it is difficult to share your emotions by phone. Why bother performing all that manipulations, when there is a more modern way to establish communication — videoconferencing. By installing a client application that runs over the Internet, you can make calls to any city and even any country.

There is another way to organize a video conference — set up your own server, which will allow employees to interact not only through the Internet, but also through the LAN/VPN. In general, all options are good, they are convenient and relatively easy to use. The choice is yours =)

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