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8x8 vs Windstream
Compare 8x8 vs Windstream. Find out whether 8x8 or Windstream is better for your VoIP business or home needs. The experts at VoipReview have analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of 8x8 and Windstream and detailed analysis of the comparison can be found below.
User Ratings & Reviews
- 47 Reviews
- 4 Reviews
8x8 is a trusted provider of award-winning cloud communications systems for business of all sizes. Having earned over 125 patents and counting, 8x8 is dedicated to developing innovative solutions that help businesses work simply and perform...
Windstream is one of the industry leaders: a full-service communications service provider for the Midwest, South, and East Coast in the United States. Windstream provides not only VoIP phone service, but also offers Internet and cable television...
- 8x8 Call Center Software - N/A
- 8x8 Global Extension - $79.99
- 8x8 Metered Extensions - $24.99
- 8x8 SIP Trunking - N/A
- 8x8 Unlimited Extension - $39.99
- Virtual Office - $19.99
- Virtual Office Pro - $49.99
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Recent User Reviews
I am currently using the Magic-Jack Plus device. This device powers up by the 5 volts / 1 A adapter recommended by the manufacture. I noticed that when the voice static happened in back ground then I have to replace to the new power adapter and it will be fine. It seems to be the Magic-Jack device overheats causing the power adapter burned out quickly. I have replaced the new power adapters within the past few months and continuing to do the same in the future. So bad for the quality with this device. Also when using the Magic-Jack and the date and time setting up in my home phone are always in-corrected with my current region. I contacted the customer services and they can not resolve this issue because they are located in different state. They also don't have the direct contact email. I have to wait a way long in the telephone conversation with them when needed.
"Mid-Market" 8x8 customer since 2012 with 34 lines and 10 toll free numbers. I was hired in 2013. From the moment I was hired I was getting complaints about dropped calls, spotty call quality, and issues with the softphones. After cleaning up the network, I came to realize it wasn't us (or our 500Mbps DIA connection) it was 8x8. Constantly have had problems over the past five years. If you need support, expect long hold times (30 minutes +) and to have to start running the gauntlet at the base level of support. If, you can get the person on the other end to understand that you're in a higher tier of support, expect more hold time. It's incredibly frustrating considering hosted PBX/VOIP services are supposed to save you time and make your life easier. I'm constantly having to call 8x8 support due to not being able to call certain numbers. Their softphone app constantly crashes or interferes with other programs like webex, chrome/firefox, VNC, Lync, Skype, Hipchat, etc. and often causes issues with computer sound (running Dell optiplex and XPS in this office) forcing a reboot to restore sound levels. The "meetings" part of the softphone app is a disaster. It's so bad we just ended up using gotomeeting instead. The conference lines kept having a problem where if you called in with an iPhone people could hear you but you couldn't hear anyone else. Billing is absolute nonsense. My company's accounting team and IT got together with 8x8 trying to determine what we were being billed for and no one at 8x8 could actually tell us. it's been 6 weeks and we're still waiting on an answer. This company has been an absolute nightmare to work with. If you decide to be brave and use them, you'll regret it. Here's an image of their softphone desktop app (and the amount of time I've been on hold with their support team for yet another number that can't be dialed. You'd think calling from Austin to Anaheim would be easy, huh?) http://imagehost.phoenix-nest.com/?di=6154948616415
I signed a 5 year lease in NYC. I signed a 5 year contract with Windstream. When my lease was up, I moved my offices... and they continued to try and bill me 3 more months (or an early termination fee). Then I remembered why... because it took them close to 3 months in delays to initially get me up and running in the first place!!! So 5 years ago I struggled with no service. 5 years later (now) I’m stuck paying an exorbitant, some would argue ‘draconian’ cancellation fee. And THAT’S not even the worst of it. So I move my office. And try to migrate my office number to my new location and new service provider. That’s right, you guessed it: Windstream was unable to transfer my number for... you guessed it... about 3 months. So for three months, I had to keep apologizing to my clients, and for three months I had to keep using my personal cell phone for my entire office phone communications. I actually believe the only reason I even got my number after 3 months was that I started talking to them about small claims court and threats of lawsuit. I would not recommend this company to my worst enemy. I would not cross the street to piss on them if they were on fire. I’m sorry if that seems rude or blunt, but it’s true. And everyone needs to know this. I hope they burn.
This is an awful company. No ethical standards at all. They were charging our church $240/month for VOIP phone services for years. We finally switched to Phone.com for $140/year! Not to mention the fact that when I called to disconnect services, they told me there was a 30 day notice, which means they were going to charge us for nearly 2 more months of service despite the fact that the number would already be ported to the new provider and we would no longer be using Windstream. Thieves.