How much does it cost to use Zoom one-on-one? Is an account needed for using Zoom rooms? What other pricing options are available for educational organizations? Zoom is free if used one-on-one, but an account must be opened for Zoom’s pro-version and other advanced services for schools, colleges, universities, teaching organizations, businesses, and big corporations.
Let’s look at some of Zoom’s different pricing plans:
A personal Zoom account is free and that is all that is needed to create your own meetings with less than 50 participants with a 40-minute limitation, except for one-on-one meetings. This free account allows the user to send invitations to participants, record meetings, etc.
The pro-account of $14.99 per month includes group meetings to run for up to 30 hours; the number of participants can be enlarged up to 1,000 participants; it has social media streaming and 1 Gig of cloud recording.
Small business and Enterprise:
The Zoom service to small businesses costs $19.99 per month and allows for meetings to host up to 300 participants with a single sign-on. Private branding and a private domain can be used; transcripts of recordings are available. It includes easy-access controls for the instructor; audio and camera allowing for multiple speakers in the room; co-annotation and interactive whiteboarding; cloud meeting recording and transcription.
Zoom pricing for educational purposes
Zoom also has flexible plans for schools starting at $150 per month for 20 hosts with incremental increases.
Larger educational organizations:
An annual subscription for schools, colleges, universities, and other organizations in Education, Zoom is priced from $1,800 per account. This service allows a meeting to host up to 300 participants with a single sign-on. The university, college, school or organization’s private branding can be used, and transcripts of recordings are available. Other advantages are advanced technical features regarding Management and Admin dashboard, domain help, and so on.
Zoom’s webinar facility allows for up to 1,000 attendees at $3,400 per annual license. This includes registration and polling events, orientation, and the broadcasting of huge open, online courses, plus the ability to contact alumni.
Organizations can make use of Zoom Rooms with the set-up of the physical hardware for virtual meetings, a dedicated environment like a boardroom, or a conference facility for virtual meetings at $499 per room per year.
Summary of Zoom pricing:
Zoom has a range of products that can be viewed on the Zoom website, but to summarize, the pro version for small teams or tutors allows group meetings for up to 30 hours and social media streaming, up to licenses for corporations that can host large meetings of 500 to 1,000 and audio conferencing for up to 10,000 participants.
How much data does Zoom meetings use?
Hosting a Zoom meeting with all participants on video could use as much as 2.475 GB of data per hour if used in 1080p resolution, but using an audio-only call will use as little as 22.5 – 27 MB per hour. The average Zoom meeting between, using the standard video resolution setting is about 500 MB for a one-on-one class to around 800 – 900 MB data per hour for a group. The data usage can be significantly reduced to about 67.5 MB by using screen sharing mode with thumbnail videos of participants. To avoid unnecessary data usage it is thus good practice for the host to ensure that only the video of speakers by activated and to mute participants who are not speaking. Source.