Video conferencing with 20 people for 2 hours at no cost

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harborsparrow
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Looking for a best vid program that will let us have a group video call for more than an hour at no cost; expected max participation would be around 20

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Looking for a best vid program that will let us have a group video call for more than an hour at no cost; expected max participation would be around 20. The ones I know about, off the top of my head, are Skype, Zoom and Google Hangouts. We are not a school or non-profit, just a bunch of friends.

Looking for things like, does group vid call need a paying account? (i.e., Zoom requires that to go more than 40 minutes). Can the recipient use a browser without needing to make a logon account for the provider company, or install anything on a desktop? Does the phone/tablet app behave well, or ask you sign away your life rights to your own soul? Is advance permission required from all participants to let a call be initiated (I think Skype does this)?

What experiences have people had? What do you like, dislike about each program? Thanks much in advance.
 

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harborsparrow
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Thanks for the links. I was also hoping for some personal experiences with the various programs.
 
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Nothing personal, when my company did teleconferencing they did mostly audio-only as video was way too expensive at the time maybe 10 years ago. Now I imagine the price has dropped since you can do face-to-face on phones.

You just need to watch for videobombing or in the case of Zoom zoombombing where someone co-opts your feed usually for the lesser good.
 

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