Zoom rose to the top just as fast as their name indicates. Lucky they didn’t choose a name like “Leisurely” or “Meander”.
Businesses have adopted Zoom for work-from-home meetings, but families and friends are quickly migrating to the service for virtual happy hours, family check-ins and virtual parties.
Zoom has several subscription options, including a free tier that’s great for personal use for group check-ins with multiple people for less than an hour. If your group likes to chat or your virtual party is going to last more than 40 minutes, you’re going to have to pay for a subscription. Check out our other OVH reviews for other connecting options.
1. Zoom Free: This is the best option if you’re testing out Zoom, or if you work solo or with only one or two other people or want to have short virtual events with friends and family. With the free version of Zoom, users can hold an unlimited number of meetings, but group meetings with multiple participants are capped at 40 minutes in length.
2. Zoom Pro: This is the best option if you’re using Zoom with a small team with at least one member working remotely full-time or part-time so you can collaborate effectively, no matter where the meeting is hosted. Zoom Pro costs $14.99/month/meeting host, and this tier allows hosts to create personal meeting IDs for recurring Zoom meetings, allows meeting recording in the cloud or on users’ devices, and caps group meeting durations at 24 hours.
3. Zoom Business: Zoom Business is best-suited to small to medium-sized businesses with multiple teams regularly scheduling Zoom meetings. This tier costs $19.99/month/meeting host, and it offers cool features for businesses to brand their Zoom meetings with vanity URLs and company branding, dedicated customer support, and transcripts of Zoom meetings recorded in the cloud.
4. Zoom Enterprise: For businesses with 1,000 employees or more, this tier of Zoom offers unlimited cloud storage for recordings, a dedicated customer success manager, and discounts on webinars and Zoom Rooms. This tier of Zoom costs $19.99/month/meeting host.
Additionally, if you want to set up Zoom Rooms, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial, after which Zoom Rooms require an additional $49/month/room subscription, and video webinars using Zoom cost $40/month/host.