We have started a landscape and hardscape business in Houston recently. Just a small family owned organization with big dreams. In researching a phone option, I found 8X8 to be the exact match that we were looking for. The cost was low and keeps us going, but the features are the best. In the world of cellular phones, I have a personalized 8X8 auto-attendant message answering calls, and with a press of one button, customers and vendors get connected to the person or department that they need. No more answering and hanging around the phone at the office. Voice mail messages are emailed to me. I can listen and forward the voice mail to whom I need to handle the situation. They don't have to dial in or anything. The message is an attachment. Also, I get to set business hours, set messages, and control the phone system from an app and the website. The app also allows me to answer the lines and monitor things from anywhere with internet service or cellular internet. A great option and system for my company and I.
Ease of use, and I can adapt it to my needs whenever I want. The list is long: Record your voice mail message for different situations. Set your auto attendant to direct calls to your employees. Voice mail messages emailed to you. Forward voice mail through email. Make changes through the app or online. Answer your phone thorough the app...You don't have to be in the office to answer the office phone. We have bus, ness cards with one number and let the auto attendant direct the call. Best cost I found for office systems. And you can expand it.
I have found none. The system works great and gives me access to things like voice mail messages emailed to me. So, I can listen to voice mail right then and there. No need to call in and punch numbers to get a voice mail message.
Likelihood to recommend: 10/10
Now that we've ironed out most of the issues we had initially, I like the product and would recommend that people consider it if they are shopping for alternatives.
I like that I can utilize the IOS application to receive calls business calls to my business number on my personal cell phone. It allows me to leave me desk more frequently.
The set-up process was a disaster for us. I'm sure there is blame on both ends, but it took our company roughly three months to get all of the kinks worked out.
Likelihood to recommend: 5/10
8x8 checks all the basic boxes. It's easy to use for people who don't want to spend a lot of time getting to know the bells and whistles, but powerful enough to meet the needs to super users. Cross-platform functionality is good and the experience between desktop/mobile has recently been brought into alignment with updates 8x8 has made. The company clearly cares about it's customers too as they are happy to come onsite for training and driving user adoption.
While the applications have drastically improved, a few small and large things annoy users. First, some of the interface screens still have not been updated to a high-definition visual, resulting in certain screens (like the login screen) leaving the application feeling out-dated and slightly disjointed. Second, and perhaps the biggest concern, is call quality can sometimes suffer, even with an excellent internet connection. If users experience a call breaking up, they are inclined to default back to personal phone lines and bypass 8x8 to ensure a solid call experience. This quickly erodes confidence that 8x8 can deliver a seamless call. To be fair, the call quality has been improving drastically and this issue plagues the mobile app less and less.
Likelihood to recommend: 7/10
Works well to manage and make calls from my computer, nice that I can connect it to my actual deskphone or just use the internet to make calls all from my work number. The mobile android app was not as easy to use and receive calls on.
I use the computer app to manage my phone calls and texts from my work number. It works as needed, and it's nice that I can even text from there too.
I downloaded the app to my phone to make calls from my work number using my cell phone, and when receiving and making calls from there, I had multiple people tell me they couldn't hear me, and then I will hang up and call again using my cell phone's default dialer, and it's better. The mobile app had some other small hangups, ended up deleting it and just using the computer program while at my desk.
Likelihood to recommend: 7/10
Overall, as long none of the 'cons' above are happening, it functions just fine!
- I use the phone app for 8x8 so when I work remotely, I can take work calls. - I use the desktop application when I'm in the office to see who's on calls. - Pretty easy to change internal ring groups.
- Frequently have to re-download the desktop application because it will start locking up, or showing co-workers on their phones, when they are not. - Frequently have to re-boot deskphone because 8x8 will show I have / don't have voicemails when I have / don't have any.
Likelihood to recommend: 7/10
Virtual Office X2 Edition: $25/user/month - includes unlimited calling to 14 countries and 1GB of media storage
Virtual Office X5 Edition: $35/user/month - includes unlimited calling to 32 countries and 5GB of media storage
Virtual Office X8 Edition: $55/user/month - includes unlimited calling to 46 countries and 10GB of media storage
Technology has fundamentally changed the way people communicate in the 21st century, and 8x8 is a tool that businesses can users use to prevent being left behind. A hosted VoIP telephone service with instant messaging and web conferencing features, 8x8 unifies business communication and offers advanced features like smartphone integration, internet faxing, Ring Groups, and online dashboards.
8x8 was built for small, mid-size, and large businesses that range from five to 5,000 employees. Although the solution is used by companies in virtually every industry, it’s especially popular among organizations that need to respond quickly to customer needs, including those in the transportation, construction, finance, insurance, and healthcare industries. 8x8 is the only cloud-based VoIP vendor that is HIPPA compliant with third-party verifications.
8x8 is a hosted VoIP telephone service for businesses. Designed to reduce the complexities associated with most professional telephone systems, it is scalable, secure, and flexible. Businesses that use 8x8 are able to route calls to their employees’ landlines, smartphones, or the company’s IP softphones. Meanwhile, outgoing calls can quickly be placed with the click of a mouse.
In addition to its basic VoIP telephone services, 8x8 also provides its business users with mobile apps, web conferencing, chat, and customer contact centers. 8x8 uses industry-leading routing and compression technology to ensure the highest level of voice quality, with HD audio. With a global footprint, it has an enterprise-architected network designed with optimum reliability and security, throughout the world. 8x8’s network is HIPPA and FISMA certified.
8x8’s Virtual Office is a web-based dashboard, accessible from a desktop computer or mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet, that users can visit to manage their telephone features. The Virtual Office integrates an organization’s online voicemail, corporate directory, instant messaging, and video calling. Businesses with upgraded plans can also use the Virtual Office for faxing, call recording, and web conferencing.
Login to your Virtual Office online with your 8x8 login and password. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be able to access your contacts, meetings, telephone, fax, personal history, and settings from one location. You can also make and receive calls on your desk telephone.
An administration portal, dubbed the “8x8 Account Manager”, is available for users who are configuring their phone systems or setting up extensions. Users can also visit the Account Manager to setup Auto Attendant, hold music, and ring groups.
The Account Manager is your online portal for managing your company’s internal telephone system. Most of the information you need will be viewable in the dashboard. This is where you’ll find call log reporting, billing information, phone system setup, and account updates (such as network alerts).
Having an automated attendant replaces the need for a receptionist at many places of business. A powerful VoIP business service, 8x8’s Auto Attendant feature can efficiently direct callers to the correct department or extension, and it can be customized for different hours of the day. The Auto Attendant feature is included with 8x8’s Unlimited, Metered, and Global extension plans.
You can set up the Auto Attendant feature by recording and uploading a custom greeting. 8x8 also gives you the option of using a professionally-recorded greeting, purchasing from the company’s Audio Production Store. Your callers have the option to reach specific employees by extension, dialing by name, or by dialing from the company directory. You can also define greetings scheduled by hours. For example, some companies will have different greetings that play on holidays or after business hours.
When someone calls an individual, that person’s desk telephone or smartphone will ring. But when someone calls a department, businesses have the option to setup their telephone systems to ring multiple extensions at once. Setting up Ring Groups is a way for users to group extensions by department or role. Ring Groups are also known as Hunt Groups.
Up to nine Ring Groups are available with an 8x8 Virtual Office account, however more can be added at any time. Ring Groups are a smart way for you to more effectively distribute calls within departments. The app gives you the option of having all telephones ring at once, or using a “round robin” approach.
Automatically converting voicemail to email is an important strategy for companies that are looking for ways to make their employees more efficient. Using this feature, employees receive immediate email notifications when they’ve received voiceails, with attached audio files for quick listening.
With 8x8, you can listen to voicemails without calling in to your voicemail box. Instead, the app will send you an email whenever a new voicemail comes in. This email will contain an audio file of the voicemail, along with the phone number of the person who called. You also have the option to have emails sent without audio files, or with links to the audio files rather than attachments.
8x8’s Virtual Office integrates with Salesforce, Netsuite, Zendesk, Salesforce Desk, Skype for Business, Act by Sage, eAgent, Sugar CRM, and 8x8 Web Dialer.
Pricing for 8x8’s Virtual Office is a flat, monthly rate that starts at $19.99 per line. This price includes unlimited local and long distance calling.