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    Do they all have landlines?

    I wonder if, although it's not as good, you could do some teleconferencing thing? Most have freephone numbers to dial into.

    Then they can at least hear the service even if they can't see it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    Do they all have landlines?

    I wonder if, although it's not as good, you could do some teleconferencing thing? Most have freephone numbers to dial into.

    Then they can at least hear the service even if they can't see it?
    Zoom doesn't offer free call-in numbers unless you pay (a lot) extra but this IS our back-up. However you have to enter a long meeting number and so far a couple of people are finding even that tricky..
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    Hmm tricky. Knowing the level of competence of my parents I have an inkling of what you're up against. Saying that, my brother did manage to get my Dad up and running on Skype so he could use it for his guitar lessons. It took much swearing though.

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    Theres an app called Houseparty I set up for my folks are I know zoom or teams would confuse them.

    Very easy to use, no long team code to dial in or anything, just click on the persons name and it dials them.

    I have found that more than 4 people and the quality drops so it depends on if you are doing group chats or just one on one video chats.

    Once in a chat you can also lock the room so no one else can join, this can be done from either side so one of the more tech savvy can control the call.

    Not sure if it is available on tablets or just smart phones.

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