What is Zoom

  • Zoom is a free app for accessing high-quality online meetings. Meetings can have lots (even hundreds) of participants, so Zoom has important features for facilitating effective meetings of this size.
  • Any device will do. You can use a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. It does not have to be the most recent technology.

How much does it cost

The Zoom application is free to download and use. However there may be costs associated with your use. This could include the data used when watching video of the Zoom conversation.

  • If you want to see what’s happening on-screen, you will need an internet connection. This can be cable and box in your home, or a 4G/5G mobile data plan on your device.
  • Showing the video of your meeting can use a lot of data, which can be expensive and limited.

A possible solution (with a downside)

  • However, most phone plans now offer unlimited call minutes (time you can spend on phone calls).
  • If you are happy to follow along with the conversation audio and don’t need to see what’s on-screen, ask the hosts of the Zoom call to send you a phone number and a pin code you can dial to join in.
  • This can make it difficult to follow along if someone is presenting information via PowerPoint.
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