skypeMy sister lives in Virginia and although my mom lives down the road from me, we used to say how nice it would be to be able to make a video call with all three of us. If we wanted to make a video call with all three of our families, I had to pack up my kids and head over to Grandma’s house to make the call. If we were out of town? Forget it! We would make a call via Skype with the computer but there was no video with it. When I was given the opportunity to check out the Group Video Calling option with Skype Premium, I wanted to see if it would work for my family!

My sister, my mom, and I all settled down in our respective homes to give the group video calling option a try. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to put in the coupon code I was given but it turned out that you can try group video right now for free for seven days. We got set up and all the sudden we were all chatting! The grandkids all loved saying hello to grandma at the same time and grandma loved getting to see all four of the kids interact with each other. The only complaint that I did have was that about twenty minutes into the call, the connection seemed to go bad even though none of us seemed to have any other Internet problems.  We were able to get it working again.

A few things to keep in mind:

For everyone to see video on the group call, each person needs to download Skype 5.0 or higher (or have already downloaded the Skype Business version). I had an older version so it took us a few minutes to get a call going because I had to download the appropriate version.

Only one person on the call needs the Skype Premium trial, day or month pass and you can talk with as many people as it allows.

Right now, you can try group video for free for seven days. Once your seven day trial is over, you will get an email asking you to extend your subscription.

If you wish to continue your subscription, prices range from $4.99 a day for a one day pass or $8.99 a month for a one month pass.

Disclosure: I was given a coupon code to try a group video call one day pass but ended up not needing it because of the seven day trial.