Video call provide a great way to keep in touch with friends and family who live a long way away, and there are various programs available that can be used to conduct video chats from your computer. For iOS devices and Mac users, there is also the option of using Facetime, but this will not be helpful in all circumstances. Vimessa is a free iOS app that can be used to send video messages to anyone, regardless of whether they have an iOS device or their own copy of the app.
You can use the camera of your iPhone 4 or iPad to record a video message. Rather than attaching this file to an email or uploading it to a sharing web site, you can choose to send it to a mobile phone number. The recipient will receive a notification about the new video message whatever mobile phone they happen to have.
For iPhone users with the app installed, an on-screen message will alert them to the new message which can then be viewed completely free of charge. For anyone who does not have an iPhone or does not have the app installed, a free text message will provide access to a securely stored online version of the video that they will be able to watch using any computer with an internet connection.
At the moment Vimessa is not a native iPad app which means that while it can be used on an Apple tablet, it has not been optimized for use on a large screen. If working in the magnified view does not appeal, a version of the app which is fully iPad compatible is on the cards for the near future, so that’s an update to watch out for.
A useful messaging service that has been bettered, but the ability to send to any phone is a big plus.