Zoom Ditches Limit on Free Videoconferencing for K-12 Schools in U.S., Other Countries

Students and teachers in U.S., Italy and Japan gain unlimited temporary meeting minutes to use the Zoom videoconferencing platform during COVID-19 outbreak.

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Zoom Ditches Limit on Free Videoconferencing for K-12 Schools in U.S., Other Countries

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One of the biggest names in videoconferencing is stepping up in a big way in the face of the outbreak of the coronavirus, with Zoom CEO Eric Yuan saying he’s removing the time limit on the company’s free video chat service for K-12 schools in Japan, Italy and the U.S.

Zoom also had lifted the time limit on free video chats in China and other countries as the coronavirus continues its worldwide outbreak.

As you might expect with increased restrictions on large or even small gatherings around the world amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Zoom app has been more popular than ever. A recent Forbes report says 343,000 people globally downloaded it, compared to 90,000 two months ago.

Here’s how Zoom’s free video chat for K-12 students and teachers will work, according to Forbes:

Students or teachers who fill out an online form using their school email addresses and are then verified by Zoom will have any accounts associated with that school’s domain also gain unlimited temporary meeting minutes, according to a site set up for the process overnight.

The free Basic accounts are also available by request in Austria, Denmark, France, Ireland, Poland, Romania and South Korea, a spokesperson for Zoom said.

“Given that many K-12 schools are starting closing, we decided to offer Zoom access to all K-12 schools in the country starting tomorrow,” Yuan wrote in an email overnight.

Previously, Zoom was joined by Google, BlueJeans and LogMeIn as videoconferencing companies that are making their services available free to businesses during the worldwide pandemic. I’m guessing the idea in this case is to entice these users with their trials to eventually become long-time customers.

Cynics, though, might wonder if paying customers that have been loyal to these companies will wonder how they can get the same deal for themselves that Zoom and others are giving to everyone who needs it during this unique situation thanks to the coronavirus.

Surely, these companies haven’t become successful without thinking first about their customers and we’re sure that’ll be the case here too.

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Craig MacCormack is a veteran journalist who joined Security Sales & Integration in June 2023 as web editor. He is also the former executive editor of Commercial Integrator (2011-2021).

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  • Martin H Dunlap Jr says:

    What about Higher Education? Many use this platform.

    • D. Craig MacCormack says:

      I’m not sure if Zoom has made the same offer for higher ed at this point, but I’m sure you can contact someone there to find out. Good luck!

  • My kindergarten is at Malaysia, basically it is NGO organization. I just get 40minutes lifted for 1 time only.

  • We are a quite large foundation, non-profit of course, in the Netherlands. Our name is “Stichting Present”
    We help our “weaker” people in need, with the help of volunteers. People come to us through professionals in mental health care. We aid them with practical things like painting, household, company, listening, all in the form of projects.
    Could we use your leniency with the expanded use of Zoom for our board meetings and perhaps beyond that?

    I don’t know the proper channels for a rewwuest like this, so could you please guide me through the appropriate steps?

    Sincerly yours,
    Esther Terpstra

  • Angela Tagaris says:

    I tested zoom and it did not give me unlimited access. I plan to teach Monday on Zoom, will I be off in 40 minutes again? I use my edu e mail to sign up.

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