Amazon launches VoIP and video conferencing service Chime

Amazon Web Services, a subsidiary of Amazon, today announced it’s launched Chime, a new Voice over IP (VoIP) and video conferencing platform for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows and Android.

Aimed at business users, Chime allows you to host or join virtual meetings, take advantage of content and screen sharing across platforms and more.

Amazon promises noise-cancelling wideband audio and crystal clear high-definition video with the new service. Chime for iPhone is available at no charge from App Store. The Mac client can be downloaded directly from Amazon.

Billed as a secure unified communications service, Chime can be used for online meetings, video conferencing, calls, chat and to share content. Your meetings and chats are always synchronized. Meetings can be joined from any device and Chime even lets you switch seamlessly between devices anytime, even in the middle of a meeting.

“It’s pretty hard to find people who actually like the technology they use for meetings today,” said Gene Farrell, VP of Enterprise Applications at Amazon Web Services.

“Most meeting applications or services are hard to use, deliver bad audio and video, require constant switching between multiple tools to do everything they want, and are way too expensive.”

Chime is free to try for 30 days.

After that, you can continue using the basic service for free, which limits your experience to one-on-one conversations, or purchase one of the subscriptions.

Subscription tiers start at $2.5 per user per month with the screen sharing feature included and go all the way up to $15 per user per month, which nets you all of the above features plus personal meeting URLs and the ability to conduct video meetings with up to a hundred people simultaneously.

Chime will soon be available through Level 3 Communications and Vonage.

Level 3 will offer Chime as part of their Unified Communications and Collaboration Services portfolio. Vonage will include Chime in its business communications plans at no additional cost.

For more information, be sure to visit the official Chime website.

Source: Amazon