Zoom drops time limit for Thanksgiving as services push free videoconferencing

Several companies are offering free video meetings during the holidays so you don’t get cut off from chatting with loved ones.

SHARE Zoom drops time limit for Thanksgiving as services push free videoconferencing

A sign for Zoom Video Communications ahead of the company’s Nasdaq IPO in New York.

AP Photos (file photo)

For those of us stuck sharing Thanksgiving Day moments with family over the internet this year, Zoom is removing at least one logistical hurdle for non-paying users: the company’s time limit imposed on free meetings.

All Zoom gatherings on Thanksgiving will be allowed to run past the usual 40-minute limit imposed on free meetings. The company says the free window will run from 11 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Nov. 25 through 5 a.m. on Nov. 27.

La Voz Sidebar 2023

Lea este artículo en español en La Voz Chicago.


Zoom’s decision comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns Americans to limit holiday gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. Nationwide case numbers have surged in recent weeks and now total more than 11 million since the start of the outbreak in the spring, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The popularity of Zoom and other video streaming apps boomed over the last 10 months as many events and meetings moved online. The company offers annual paid plans ranging from $150-200 per year for unlimited access. Without a plan, free meetings are usually cut off after 40 minutes.

Thankfully, you won’t get cut off on Thanksgiving – and you also have some options beyond Zoom, too. Here are a few other services offering free videoconferencing:

The Latest
Copper and Laney have shared the court together since they were kids, playing AAU basketball for Yolanda Laney and then college ball for C. Vivian Stringer at Rutgers.
“Racing through the city streets, very narrow, I honestly don’t know how it’s all going to work out,” Bubba Wallace said.
The Sox’ first slam and first walk-off homer of 2023 capped an afternoon in which Burger struck out in his first three at-bats before walking in his fourth plate appearance.
Hendriks had plenty to celebrate Sunday on National Cancer Survivors Day. He made his first ninth-inning appearance of the year and retired the Tigers in order.
Like the ComEd bribery case, the trial of James T. Weiss is expected to feature secret FBI recordings, revolve around the business of lobbying and feature testimony from current and former state lawmakers.