Amazon Chime Video Conferencing

 

Apr 06, 2020 AWS is offering free use of all Amazon Chime Pro features for online meetings and video conferencing from now through June for all customers that start using the service for the first time from. Amazon Chime can be used for online meetings, video conferencing, and business calling, and features pay-as-you-go pricing. As part of Amazon Chime, Amazon Chime Voice Connector is a service that carries voice traffic over the internet and scales to meet capacity needs. Video Conferencing Amazon Chime is a communications service for online meetings, chat, and business calls inside and outside the organization, all using a single application. Communication options that are best suited for your business You have the freedom to scale up or down as needed.

Use Amazon Chime Pro for online meetings, video conferencing, and chat in your organization.

Start using Amazon Chime Pro and other AWS services through the AWS console

Signup on the AWS console to create an Amazon Chime Team or Enterprise Account and give users access to Amazon Chime Pro features. See the Amazon Chime pricing page for pricing details.

Attend meetings and chat with Amazon Chime Basic, includes Pro features free for 30 days

You can also attend meetings and use chat features with Amazon Chime Basic. After signing in for the first time, you get Amazon Chime Pro features free for up to 30 days. After 30 days, you can use Amazon Chime Basic for free or you can sign up through AWS to continue using Amazon Chime Pro features.

Why use Amazon Chime Pro?

Amazon Chime has two licenses—Amazon Chime Basic, and Amazon Chime Pro. Amazon Chime Pro enables you to host or schedule meetings with up to 250 attendees (per meeting) and manage multiple Amazon Chime users across your organization. To learn about Amazon Chime Basic, visit the attend a meeting page.

Amazon Chime Pro Features

Meetings

  • Attend voice (VOIP, dial in*, call me**) or video meetings
  • Start meeting, share screen & control remote desktop
  • Schedule meetings or start instant group meetings
  • Receive autocall when meeting begins
  • Provide dial in numbers and enable call me for attendees
  • Create a personalized meeting ID link ***
  • Use moderated meetings
  • Lock meetings
  • Record meetings
  • Use event mode
  • Start and join meetings from Slack
  • Assign delegate(s) for scheduling and managing meetings
  • Chat and share files during meeting

Chat

Conferencing
  • Person-to-person & group chat
  • Persistent chat rooms
  • Send files as attachments
  • Control notifications

Administration

  • Manage multiple users

* Subject to separate dial-in rates.

** Subject to separate call me rates.

*** Outlook Add-in and personalized meeting link features are available to use and you will not be charged unless you host a meeting.

For more information on Amazon Chime Pro charges, visit the Amazon Chime pricing page.

For Amazon Chime administration or user guide, visit Amazon Chime documentation page.

Join a meeting or sign up for Amazon Chime Basic for 1:1 meetings and chat.

Attend a meeting

Learn about all Amazon Chime Pro features and details.

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Amazon entered the world of video conferencing back in early 2017 with Amazon Chime and a lot of reviewers just said 'meh.' Expectations were that Amazon would turn the video conferencing world on its ear with new innovations that would change how we communicate.

While that didn't happen, Amazon did deliver a very serviceable and stable system that is great for small offices and single proprietors alike. That's because it's super easy to use and there's virtually no learning curve, so it's great if you are busy running your business but need to make a good impression with potential customers and vendors.

Chime is secure, and there's nothing to deploy or manage, which means you don't have to spend time trying to figure out how to make sure Steve in Cleveland can access your video conference after lunch.

In fact, we found Amazon Chime so easy to use that we think it actually lives up to its slogan 'Frustration free online meetings.'

Is Amazon Chime Video Conferencing

Chime has some basic services that are free, with 'Pro' package services that are offered on a pay-as-you-go basis. With the Pro package, you can schedule meetings, start instant meetings, provide dial-in numbers, record meetings and have a maximum number of attendees.

Another nifty feature is Chime Pro's automated meeting system which calls the user when when the meeting is about to start. If you're wearing multiple hats running your business, that's a nice feature for sure.

Amazon Chime Video Conferencing Limit

In fact, we think Chime Pro is kind of like getting a personal assistant for your office. It's compatible with Alexa for Business, so you can use Alexa to set up meetings, dial into scheduled video conferences, and automatically dial into online meetings.

Chime Pro also offers calls, chat and content sharing capabilities both inside and outside your organization. And while there were initial complaints that downloading and logging into Chime had too many steps, we found the process quick and simple.

If you want just the basics you can opt for the free version, which provides very straightforward services including video, VoIP, dial-in from the public phone network, screen share, remote control, person-to-person chat and group chat. It also autocalls you when your meeting is about to start.

Pro features are billed at $3 per user per day with a limit of $15 per user per month, and there is no charge to use Amazon Chime Basic features.

New users can also get a free 30-day trial by creating an Amazon Chime account, and there's no credit card required. After 30 days, if you opt not to use the Pro services, you can continue to use the Amazon Chime Basic features for free.

In general, Chime users rate the app highly and report being pleased with its usability and service. As one user wrote: 'I love that this product has an app that allows my coworkers to IM me when I am out of the office via my cell phone. I have been able to collaborate remotely from using the app. In addition, the ability to do webinars is helpful. It is great to have all of this in one place.'

If you're a sole proprietor or have a very small office and need video conferencing capabilities, Amazon Chime is definitely worth the free 30-day test drive to see which features and functions you'll end up using most.

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