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PGi GlobalMeet Review
PGi GlobalMeet is a web conferencing solution that offers its users all functionalities needed for online collaboration. The meeting host can share his entire screen or single apps and he can also upload documents into the online meeting room and collaborate with participants via whiteboard. The software is very intuitive to use so that non IT experts will feel comfortable with PGi GlobalMeet.
Scheduled meetings can easily be set up via Outlook. The host can create different meeting rooms in the admin panel and password secure them to ensure that only invited participants are able to access meetings.
PGi’s video functionality is its weak point. A video conference in which the webcams of all participants are shown simultaneously is not possible. Basically, you can only see one person’s video and with the picture-in-picture option every participant can see his own webcam image in a small window as well.
Registering for the test version was a second negative aspect we discovered. It is very easy – especially in the US – to register for a test version by giving PGi your credit card details. This test version is then automatically transferred into the paid version of the tool after 14 days. It does not really become transparent how the test version can be cancelled which creates a barrier to terminating the account before it is switched to the paid version.
Bottom line: PGi GlobalMeet works well for scheduled and ad hoc web meetings and offers all functionalities necessary for online collaboration. The video functionality needs to be worked on since video conferencing is currently not possible.
(1) Option 1: Online meetings with up 125 participants: US$ 29 per month plus US$ 0.029 per minute and person for audio conference
(2) Option 2: Online meetings with up 125 participants including 1000 audio minutes (for phone conference service): US$ 39 per month
(3) Option 3: Online meetings with up 125 participants including unlimited audio minutes (for phone conference service): US$ 49 per month
Single license for an unlimited number of meetings
Voice over IP and phone costs
Telephone conference service with local dial-in numbers offered; depending on license option, costs for phone conference are covered by monthly subscription fee
|All essential features are available|
|Easily schedule meetings via Outlook|
|Browser-based solution, installation of Outlook plugin (optional)|
|Pricing and license options are publicly available; cost structure is transparent and easy to understand; Online process of cancelling a trial account is not transparent|
|Windows, Mac and Linux (limited range of features) Smartphone/ tablet PCs: iPhone, iPad and BlackBerry|
|Overall Score||8.49 / 10|
Review updated: Apr 2012
Price information updated: Apr 2012