Is Zoom Conferencing Free?
Zoom is one of the best remote conferencing services available on the market. It does an excellent job of combining popular video conferencing with other types of online meetings and collaborations. There’s a lot you can do with Zoom, personally, and within an organization.
But is this Cloud-based platform free? The answer is yes, but there is a catch. Zoom has a free plan that covers more than you’d expect. But it also has several paid plans that offer so much more. In this article, we’re going to dig deep into the details of each of these plans.
What’s in Zoom Basic Plan?
If you don’t need Zoom for your business, the Basic free plan is probably going to be more than enough. Zoom refers to this plan as the “Personal Meeting” option, and all you have to do is sign up. The Basic plan allows you to host up to 100 participants and have all the one-on-one meetings you want. Just like with all the plans, Zoom offers online support, which is very important.
But what about the video conferencing features? Of course, these are included. You get to enjoy the HD video and audio quality, the virtual background feature, and things like simultaneous screen sharing. You’re also able to utilize the Web Conferencing features and create a private meeting room, as well as the meeting ID.
In addition, you can have both private and group chats, and take advantage of several Chrome and Outlook plug-ins. These group meetings are limited and can last up to 40 min. Also, when it comes to security, Zoom has made sure that even the Basic plan has SSL encryption and AES 256 bits encryption. Therefore, you know that all your video conferencing meetings will be safe.
If you’re a business owner, regardless of how big or small, the Zoom Basic plan is probably going to be insufficient. That’s why Zoom has three paid plans that can accommodate the needs of your company more efficiently. There are three types of subscriptions when it comes to Zoom paid plans, Pro, Business, and Enterprise. Let’s go over the prices and features of each.
Zoom Pro is the most affordable subscription plan, at $14.99/mo. per host. Hosts are people who can schedule, start, and generally manage the settings in meetings. This plan comes with everything a Basic plan does, but it also has some additional features. You can have an extra 100 participants.
The time limit for group meetings is up to 24h. You can also run usage reports and create a custom Personal Meeting ID. Also, you get 1GB of MP4 or M4A could recording service. So, you can go back and check the meeting whenever you want, or just send a copy to whoever you want. According to Zoom, this is a great plan for smaller teams.
For small and medium-sized businesses, the Zoom Business Plan is an excellent option. The price is $19.99/mo. per host, but there needs to be a minimum of 10 hosts in order to utilize this subscription model. And here’s the best part, all of the features from Pro Plan are included. But what else does a smaller business get with this plan?
More participants, of course. A whole 300 are available, and there’s also an Admin dashboard included. The Business plan gives you dedicated phone support, a single sign-on option, and you can even add your company branding on your customized Zoom page. Plus, you can create a domain for your company to make it easier for users to sign in, including a personalized URL. And you can create custom email addresses you can use to invite participants to meetings.
Zoom is there for big companies too. Their Zoom Enterprise Plan is $19.99/mo. just like Business, but with a minimum of 50 hosts. As expected, it comes with all the perks of Business plan, and with more of its own.
Enterprise Plan includes 500 participants, and you can even choose Enterprise Plus with up to 1,000 participants. Of course, there is the unlimited Cloud storage, Executive Business Reviews, and many discounts when it comes to purchasing Zoom Rooms and Webinars.
Zoom Subscription Add-Ons
Each paid plan has additional features, if you pay extra, of course. For example, you can select an Audio Plan for $100/mo. Every Zoom paid plan comes with local toll numbers, but Audio Plan lets you add the CallOut feature, and the option to access global Toll-free numbers.
You can also purchase additional Cloud recording storage for the subscription plans without unlimited storage. Plus, you can add up to 3GB per month and use the MP4 or M4A file format.
Pick Your Zoom Plan Carefully
Zoom is genuinely one of the best services when it comes to working remotely or just making sure that everyone in the company or school can get to a meeting on time. The Basic plan offers a lot of options, more than enough if you use Zoom for personal needs only.
But when it comes to teamwork, one of the subscription plans is necessary. It’s down to the size and needs of the company to figure out what would serve them best.
Have you tried the Zoom Basic Plan? Or any of the paid plans? Let us know in the comments section below.