Thanks. I ‘screen shot’ your replies and I’ll go through them slowly later. Would be good to have my first ‘zoom conference’ on Sunday at 3pm - just worried I‘ll forget and miss it. Is there a way to set a reminder?It doesn't require up front payment, if at all. Not for creating an account (does not require an account to use either), not for attending a meeting. Nor for hosting a meeting, unless it's longer than 40 minutes & got more 3 people attending. Even then, it doesn't try particularly hard to have you use a paid for option. Zoom will even give you longer meetings free on ocation.
Whether you use the extra features, or pay for meetings over 40 minutes is between the people involved, and at all meetings I've been on have been covered by the host/organisers.
There's also ways around the 40 minute limit. Such as having a break every 40 minutes, then just restarting the meeting.
*Do not pay for Zoom*
To join a meeting, following the link provided by the host/organiser. Give zoom a name (or use one you used previously), password if asked. Zoom may show you a previous of yourself. Check how you look. Hit the "join meeting with video" or "join meeting without video" button. (Depending on preference).
Once your in the meeting, hit the "Use device audio" message the bottom left of the screen.
Hit the microphone icon to turn your microphone on and off.
Hit the camer icon on the menu bar at the bottom of the screen (tablets, touch screen to bring this up) to turn your video on and off.
I have two adult kids - one in US - and one in UK - Zoom looks like a good option for a three way conversation. Unfortunately they both have the same ‘low boredom threshold’ as me - and I can only make it work if I completely understand it and if they have to do nothing apart from just accept the call.