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Amazon Chime Review

Amazon Chime Review

Hey Readers FSD is back today with a very exciting SaaS product to review. This is a very unique product and is an integral part of AWS by Amazon. This is a Product that amazon has created to give competition to Products like Zoom and other Video Conferencing Products. We are talking about The Amazon Chime, this amazing chat app is what you can buy for $3.

The service is very versatile and has very high quality and we say this with experience the Audio quality of Chime is on par with actual telecommunication providers and the video quality is very close to a face-to-face conversation.

Chime vs Zoom Pricing

Amazon Chime Pricing

Amazon Chime has a very catchy slogan in which they ask a question to the audience “What can you buy for 3 dollars”. Their pricing is very competitive and almost like they are trying to take over this subindustry of Videoconferencing. They even allow you to try the application for free for a month and if you buy the application only the one who initialized the meeting will be charged and all the others who received the invitation to join will not be charged at all.

When compared to Zoom, Chime has very competitive pricing. Just like zoom, they offer a freemium Basic plan for personal users, A very inexpensive Plus plan that includes screen sharing for team co-ordinations just for $2.5, and finally, their Pro plan is that allows you to host meetings between up to 100 people only for $3 per meeting up to $15 max.

Here the most important point is that whenever you host a meeting with the pro plan you will be charged $3 for that meeting, so if you only had 2 meetings in that month then you will only be charged $6 for that month. 

This a very attractive factor for most users, cause now if you even have daily meetings you will be charged $3 per meeting for up to a max of $15, this gives you up to 5 charged meetings, and what about the rest of the meetings, well they are free, and only those who hosted the meetings get charged while the rest of the people who only attended the meeting, they can do that for free.

Amazon Chime Features

Chime is a service mainly for AWS. If your website is hosted on AWS then you can integrate Chime into your website through the AWS platform. Let’s move into observing the features of the Amazon Chime service.

Chime Online Chat

Amazon Chime Chat Feature

The Chime Online chat is just like any other chat feature very simpler but feels more smooth and frictionless. Creating favorites, arranging chats, Emojis, 1 on 1, and group chats are all old basic features. They do allow up to a 50 MB file transfer which can be help full in transferring presentations, images and, even small videos. You can take control of your privacy by clicking on your username and email and select the desired status between Available or Busy.

They do have a very interesting and clear way to display a user’s status. A star shows your favorite chats, a green dot shows the person is available to chat with Amazon Chime, a green mobile icon mean they have a mobile device active, they may not have the chime app but you can send them an invitation, Chime will send them a push notification on their smartphone.

The grey dot shows the person hasn’t used chime of since 6 days, a grey lock means a person has his privacy enabled, red dot means a person is not available for chat or meeting and is busy on another call, finally, the yellow dot shows that the user is desktop idol meaning they have their Chime app-enabled but are not using it.

Chime Video Meetings

Chime Video Meetings

Amazon Chime has a very HD Video Meeting functionality. The biggest concern for people is that Amazon may turn on our webcam automatically without permission, but don’t worry it won’t. You have control of your webcam it only opens when you turn it on. The Video and Audio quality is amazing on Chime. You can have up to 16 video tiles which are filled on a first-come basis. 

You can see on the right all the users who are sharing their video with you the best part is that you don’t have to share your own video while looking at others. To disable your video, just click the video icon on the lower right corner of your video tile, and to enable it back just click the enable video button on your tile. If only 2 people are in the meeting you can switch to a picture and even here you can turn off your own video by going to settings and turn off show preview to your own video.

You can save bandwidth by selecting an attendees tile and pausing their video and then won’t even know you did. To play their video back just click their tile again. If you want to create more space for screen sharing just click the popout icon right next to the close icon and to close the video bar altogether just click close.

Join Meeting without Chime

Join meeting without Chime

This is a very special feature you can even call people to your chime meetings who don’t have a Chime account. You can join via the dial-in number and the meeting ID or the invite link and the meeting ID in any case the credential will be provided to you by the meeting host. The link will open a separate browser and will demand the credentials you received. If you have an amazon account you can choose to sign in. 

You can choose to use your computer’s mic and cam, but you have to allow permission to your browser and then you will be added to the meeting. You can even choose to call a phone number to join a meeting on the browser and you can even do this with a meeting pin. 

Amazon Chime SDK

Amazon Chime SDK

This is a very important feature Amazon Chime has an SDK for developers to customize the user experience of their websites for their clients using the Amazon Chime features. You can use this SDK with any technology you prefer and develop your own apps with Chime features in them. 

You can use this SDK to develop Android/iOS apps, web apps, and even integrate them into your websites. You can customize all the UI/UX features in your app. All the Amazon Chime functionality can be added to your application and if you are not a developer then you can simply hire a mobile app solution for your work.

Install and Create Chime account

How to create Chime account

The start of the Amazon Chime account is very simple and just create your AWS account and choose a plan and enter a payment method, this payment method will be used for any AWS services you use. But to use the Chime you need to create a separate user for your team and provide that team user the permission to read and use Chime services.

Once you create the user and grant that user full access to administer the Chime account. Now logout and now sign in as the Chime admin. Now search for the Chime service, this will take you to the Chime console. Here you can add and remove users, adjust permissions, view meeting statistics. 

By clicking create the account will create your team accounts for your website. The user list will be blank and you have to invite team members by their email address. When you claim a domain your team account will evolve to your Enterprise account to claim a domain click the “claim a domain” button. Enter the domain name and add the provided TXT record in your domain DNS records.

How FSD Can Help

Wow, this was a very exciting blog post for the Amazon Chime Review even for us. The level of dept and features you receive by Amazon Chime and for just $3 per meeting is amazing. As we are a Digital Service Provider Company what intrigued us the most was the Amazon Chime SDK and web integration.

Not everyone has enough time to create their own application or customize an SDK. This is a job more suited for a developer and that’s where FSD Solutions can help you with our 17 years of experience and expertise in design and development. If you are a business owner you know how much time it takes to grow your business and you obviously enjoy what you do.

So will you be able to learn how to code and integrate this application into your own business website or application? It would more beneficial for you to hire a professional company to develop the Amazon Chime-based User interface and experience for your clients, while you focus on what you love to do Grow your Business and Engage with your Audience.