How To Video Chat with Mom on Mother’s Day

By Tracey Dowdy

When you can’t be there in person, the next best thing to being with mom on Mother’s Day is through a video chat. There’s no better way to show you love her than by putting on that itchy sweater she bought you for Christmas, switching on your front facing camera and sitting down to catch up on her news. Even more than flowers or perfume, she wants to see you and catch up face to face – even if that face is on the other side of the country

There are a lot of video chat apps out there and these are some of my favorites.

Skype

Probably the best known video chat service, Skype has over 700 million registered users. One of its best features is that it’s accessible by such a wide variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and gaming devices. Skype allows users to video chat, video message and instant message for free or make VoIP calls to external numbers for a small fee. (Free – Android/iOS)

Oovoo

Once linked with your Facebook profile, Oovoo uploads your friends list to your contacts and allows users to chat with up to 12 friends at once. Video chat, instant messaging and voice calls are free, and you can purchase credits to make landline calls for a nominal fee. You can send text messages or watch YouTube videos from within the app or record the conversation to enjoy again later. (Free – Android/iOS; Premium Mobile $0.99 per year; Premium $2.99 per year)

Facebook

Facebook is late to the party but its new video chat option is available across Android and Apple devices. While in Messenger, users simply open a chat window then click on the camera icon in the top corner. The time and date of the call are recorded in your chat history but the calls themselves cannot be recorded. Users can only make one call at a time. (Free – Android/iOS)

FaceTime

Available for iOS and Mac OS X users only, FaceTime allows users to make video calls through its streamlined user interface. Calls are made via wireless or your network connection and FaceTime is already installed as part of the device firmware, so there’s no additional software to download. (Free – iOS)

Google Hangouts

Google designed Hangouts to be just like a live conversation with friends – except with emojis. Search your contacts to start a call or turn a Hangout into a live video call with up to 10 friends, send emojis, or sound effects. Calls to Canada and across the US are free, with low rates to other countries worldwide. Because the app works across platforms no matter which device you’re on – phone, tablet or laptop – your caller will know you’re trying to reach them. If they’re unavailable, the app will let them know you were trying to get in touch. (Free – Android/iOS)

Tracey Dowdy is a freelance writer based just outside Toronto, ON. After years working for non-profits and charities, she now freelances and researches on subjects from family and education to pop culture and trends in technology. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

Comments:

  1. I’m really inspired along with your writing abilities and
    also with the format in your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it
    yourself? Anyway stay up the nice quality writing, it
    is uncommon to look a nice weblog like this one these days..

  2. Thank you a bunch for sharing this with all people you actually know what you’re talking approximately!
    Bookmarked. Please additionally talk over with my web site =).
    We will have a hyperlink alternate arrangement among us

    Here is my site acne treatment

  3. I’m really loving the theme/design of your weblog.
    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues?
    A number of my blog audience have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome.

    Do you have any ideas to help fix this problem?

    Visit my page: oily skin

  4. Magnificent goods from you, man. I’ve take into accout your stuff prior
    to and you’re simply too great. I really like what you’ve acquired
    right here, certainly like what you are stating and the way wherein you assert it.
    You make it entertaining and you still care sex tips for women (http://www.hltkd.tw/) to keep it sensible.
    I can’t wait to read much more from you. This is actually a
    wonderful site.

  5. We’re a bunch of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our
    community. Your web site provided us with valuable information to work on. You’ve performed an impressive process
    and our entire neighborhood might be grateful to you.

    Feel free to surf to my blog post … skilled drug – http://www.aniene.net

  6. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article author for your weblog.
    You have some really great posts and I think I would be a good asset.
    If you ever want to take some of the load off, I’d really like to write
    some material for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please send me an e-mail if interested. Regards!

  7. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up.

    The text in your content seem to be running off the screen in Chrome.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I
    figured I’d post to let you know. The design and style look
    great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Kudos

    My web site … growing weed

  8. Hello there, just become aware of your blog via Google, and located that it’s truly informative.
    I’m going to watch out for brussels. I’ll appreciate if
    you proceed this in future. Many other folks might be benefited out of your
    writing. Cheers!

    Take a look at my web-site: weed indoorshave

  9. These are really fantastic ideas in concerning blogging.
    You have touched some good things here. Any way keep up wrinting.

  10. This is the perfect website for anybody who wants to understand this topic.

    You realize so much its almost tough to argue with you (not that I really
    would want to?HaHa). You definitely put a fresh spin on a topic
    that’s been discussed for a long time. Excellent stuff, just wonderful!

    Visit my webpage seed bank

  11. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post seem
    to be running off the screen in Opera. I’m not sure
    if this is a format issue or something to
    do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to
    let you know. The design and style look great though!
    Hope you get the problem solved soon. Kudos

    Here is my web-site … hemp seed

  12. I’m not sure exactly why but this weblog is loading very slow for me.
    Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end?
    I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

    my blog post … diet plan

  13. Hi there would you mind letting me know which webhost you’re utilizing?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 completely different internet browsers and I must
    say this blog loads a lot quicker then most. Can you suggest a good web hosting provider at a fair price?
    Thanks a lot, I appreciate it!

  14. Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Many thanks, However I am experiencing problems
    with your RSS. I don?t understand why I am unable to subscribe to it.
    Is there anybody else getting the same RSS problems?
    Anyone who knows the answer can you kindly
    respond? Thanks!!

    My webpage http://www.comptine.biz

  15. Excellent site you have here but I was wondering if you knew
    of any community forums that cover the same topics talked about in this article?
    I’d really love to be a part of group where I can get feedback from other experienced people that share the
    same interest. If you have any recommendations, please
    let me know. Kudos!

    Here is my webpage: try hemp seeds

  16. Hi! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs!
    Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts!

    Carry on the fantastic work!

    my web blog :: balanced diet

  17. Do you mind if I quote a couple of your articles as long as
    I provide credit and sources back to your webpage?

    My website is in the very same niche as yours and my
    users would truly benefit from a lot of the information you provide here.
    Please let me know if this okay with you. Cheers!

    Feel free to surf to my webpage :: videos ready

  18. I think the admin of this web page is truly working
    hard in support of his site, since here every data is quality based stuff.

    my blog; discuss

  19. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though
    you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre
    talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos
    to your blog when you could be giving us something enlightening to read?

    My page anti-aging skin care

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.