The 40-minute meeting limit for free accounts will be lifted globally by Zoom, with the holiday season coming up. It was confirmed to The Verge by the company. The restrictions will be taken down on days such as Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and Kwanzaa. On Thanksgiving, the 40-minute limit last month was lifted as well by the company.
This is exactly when the 40-minute limit will be removed by Zoom:
1. 10 AM ET Thursday, December 17th, to 6 AM ET Saturday, December 19th, for the end of Hanukkah
2. 10 AM ET Wednesday, December 23rd, to 6 AM ET Saturday, December 26th, for Christmas Eve and Christmas
3. 10 AM ET on Wednesday, December 30th, to 6 AM ET on Saturday, January 2nd, for New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, and the end of Kwanzaa
Usually, Zoom meetings that are hosted by three or more people on the free tier don’t last more than 40 minutes. You will have to start the meeting again, ask everyone to join for the second time and go through a lot of struggle for wanting to talk longer. Virtual meetups with friends and family will be more about spending quality time than worrying about making the most of the limited time given, once the limited is taken down for the holidays.
Google Meet is also a great choice to connect with friends and family. Free users will be permitted to host calls that last for up to 24 hours through March 31st, 2021 by Google.