Zoom to Lift 40-minute Meeting Limit for Holiday Celebrations

Zoom was one of the few beneficiaries of the ongoing pandemic. The video conferencing tool has seen a huge surge in users over the past 12 months as families, friends and employees increasingly connect online rather than in person.

Just like on Thanksgiving, the company will be lifting the 40-minute limit on free accounts on various holidays in the coming weeks so people can talk to loved ones near and far for as long as they want.

Of course, people with free accounts can always start a new meeting with the same attendees if they hit the 40 minute limit. However, such a break during a festive online gathering is likely to be annoying.

With Zoom you can chat to your heart’s content during the following periods:
– Thursday, December 17th, 10 a.m. and Saturday, December 19, 6 a.m.
– Wednesday, December 23, 10 a.m. and Saturday, December 26, 6 a.m.
– Wednesday, December, 10 a.m. ET. 30-6 p.m. ET on Saturday January 2nd

You do not need to change any settings in the software to take advantage of the offer, as the limit automatically disappears during the specified times.

For Zoom customers on paid plans, unlimited calls are already part of the package.

“COVID-19 changed the way we live, work and celebrate in 2020, and like everything this year, the holiday season doesn’t look the same,” the company said in a post announcing the move. “As a token of appreciation for our users at an exceptional time, we are removing the 40-minute limit on free Zoom accounts for all meetings worldwide for several upcoming special occasions.”

It added, “Whether gathering on the last day of Hanukkah, celebrating Christmas, ushering in the New Year, or marking the last days of Kwanzaa, those who bond with friends and family will not miss out.”

Google Meet will offer unlimited video calls to users of its free tier through March 2021. Of course, there are a number of platforms that offer video calling. Just plan ahead to make sure all the intended attendees have the same software installed so you don’t waste time on the day of the meet-up.

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