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Zoom, the video conferencing company, has a Thanksgiving gift for everyone.
No pesky time limits for our family meetings.
Zoom, far and away the most popular video conference app (currently No. 12 on Apple and No. 7 on Google Play) offers free service to users, but only for up to 40 minutes, unless you pay a minimum of $15 monthly.
For Thanksgiving, however, Zoom is free to all, “so your family gatherings don’t get cut short,” the company said in a tweet.
Zoom is lifting its 40-minute limit for all meetings globally from midnight ET on Nov. 26 through 6 a.m. ET on Nov. 27.
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Rivals haven’t announced similar Thanksgiving deals for consumers. Google’s Meet limit is 60 minutes, while WebEx’s free plan clocks out at 50 minutes.
Zoom has been on a roll ever since the pandemic began earlier this year. Zoom now services 300 million daily video meetings, and says it will do 3 trillion video meeting minutes this year.
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