Do you want to make free video calls to a few overseas friends and talk to them at the same time? Well, I got just the solution for you :)
Creative folks invited me to check out Creative's Skype-like software package called ZiiMeet similar to video conferencing. You can make free ZiiMeet-to-ZiiMeet calls too.
What is ZiiLife?
ZiiLife is made up of ZiiMeet, ZiiDisk and ZiiJournal. So what do these Zii thingy mean to me?
You can use ZiiJournal to share your pictures and contacts online simply and quickly. Its not just a ordinary file sharing host like flickr, ZiiJournal streamlines the traditionally tedious process of uploading, organizing and sharing your online pictures.
What you need to do is to upload your photos into ZiiDisk. And your photos are appear in ZiiJournal like a photo gallery.
ZiiDisk store, retrieve and share files online. ZiiDisk supports all file formats. Eg, PDF, DOC, PNG, MP3, WMA, M4A
Currently, ZiiMeet works across different platforms including the Plaszma™ OS and Windows® OS. In the near future, users can also look forward to compatibility with Windows Mobile®, Linux® OS, Android™ OS and Mac OS®. Which means that in the meantime, it can work on your windows mobile phone if you happens to own one. There's going to be a new release of ZiiMeet for Zii Egg. But for us, we can only try this out on my laptop and not on my android phone :(
Free ZiiMeet-to-ZiiMeet call
With ZiiMeet, talk is cheap. Call rates start from a low, low US$0.021/min, with a wide network spanning over 140 countries. And if it's a ZiiMeet-to-ZiiMeet call, the call is FREE. This is a great way to keep in touch cheaply with friends and family abroad with ZiiMeet outgoing calls.
This is a list of countries and calling rates.
ZiiMeet Installation is a breeze
So how do you get started?
1. Just sign up for the free starter plan.
2. Make sure you meet the system requirement of (though I considered it kinda high requirement):
Core 2 Duo at 2.33Ghz or higher
Min 2GB RAM
Fast (cable) internet connection preferred
1. Unlimited ZiiMeet video calls. You can invite up to 5 people in a group chat!
2. 1GB of ZiiDisk storage.
3. Access to ZiiJournal
Note: in the free starter plan, you will not have any free credits to make any global voice calls.
If you sign up for a 3 month beta plan package for US$9.95 you will be able to enjoy:
1. 450 min of global talk time.
2. Unlimited ZiiMeet video calls and
3. 1GB of ZiiDisk storage.
4. Access to ZiiJournal
It’s interesting to note that Creative is not only work on their hardware products such as their usual zen or sound blaster. They are also venturing into software aspect such as ZiiLife which comprises of ZiiMeet, ZiiDisk, ZiiJournal.
It seems like the ZiiMeet is still in preliminary stage as it can only work on Zii Plaszma and Windows only. There's currently no mobile devices operating on Plaszma platform in the consumer market yet, but I am sure it is coming soon :) We will be keeping an eye on the Zii ecosystem and will update you with every Zii news.