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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.
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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
8 x 8 is charging me $740 to cancel service. I have been a customer since 2017. Needed to cancel as my business closed for Covid 19 They where horrifying to speak with about this. They had 3 different amounts then landed on the $740 being the most. This had nothing to do with monthly charges, as those where always automatic and up to date. This is a totally made up number as they can not produce a contract. They tell me to reference small print. The small print is not clear- and they cant confirm that was even there with I started service in 2017. There is nothing about an amount for a cancelation fee in the small print. The whole thing is criminal and fraudulent. You can't even get a professional on the phone. They where all emotional and escalated. One even laughed at me. This is beyond traumatizing. I didn't know stuff like this still happened. Please- I will do everything I can to protect other small businesses from this horrifying company. Please- there are many other VOIP companys- pick any of them but 8 x8- and please ask them about hidden fake contracts, and cancelation terms.
"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
We have an office with about 12-15 users (some are part-time so it depends on who is in). We are a legacy Broadview user. Though they merger went through a couple of years ago, The only recently turned off the BroadviewOfficesuite product. I learned this from a Windstream employee when I called for technical support. This technicial told me that the Broadview product was replaced with a newer and better Windstream Officesuite product. When I asked if the 50 to 75 external numbers that I had entered into the Broadview product would port over to the Windstream product, he claimed that it should. After installing the new product the external contacts did not port over. The technician escallated the question and reported back that with the new Windstream Officesuite product not only can you not transfer external contact from the older appplication, YOU CANNOT EVEN MANUALLY ENTER EXTERNAL CONTACT IN THEIR NEW SYSTEM! After again checking with his supervisor, he confirmed this and confirmed that they cannot return me to the older Broadview Officesuite. Separately, a Windstream sales person recently tried to conn us into a five-year contract. We are looking for a new provider right now!
Windstream refuses to drop contract cancellation penalties (and refuses to respond to efforts to discuss) after we were forced to cancel service due to two years of extremely unreliable internet service to our business. Frequent service failures, over two years of our three-year contract, resulted in many occasions in which our point of sale and other transactions (essentially our entire business operation) came to a halt and our ability to conduct business was often disrupted for a full day or more, costing us significant revenue losses. We extended MANY opportunities and accepted MANY empty promises for stabilized services. After two years of extending gracious patience and suffering revenue losses, we had to pull the plug and secure the stable service of Comcast Business for over a year, now, since we cancelled service with Windstream. Kudos to Comcast Business for delivering very stable service! We have an EXTENSIVE paper trail / record of our efforts to provide grace and opportunity to Windstream to resolve service problems prior to cancelling the contract, and of communications over the past year to provide documentation of Earthlink/Windstream's failure to fulfill their contractual obligations to release us from the contract without penalty due to their persistent failure to provide stable service (multiple extended service outages over very short spans of time). Over the past 12-plus months, Windstream has refused to address that documentation and our complaints other than to offer a reduction of the penalty (why should we pay ANY penalty for cancelling a contract in which Windstream failed to meet its obligations???). Windstream stated that we must provide documentation of the timelines of service failures to justify release from the contract without penalty. We provided that documentation and Windstream has refused to respond. We made a good will counteroffer of roughly 35% of their 50% reduced penalty offer; but received no response to that counteroffer, other than hostile and unprofessional calls from a collection agency to which Windstream then turned over the full original amount ($3600+), rather than responding and countering our settlement offer. For nearly a year, the rude and hostile collection calls continue and Windstream's customer service, customer relations, escalations team, and executives continue to ignore us. I suppose, though, that Windstream's current BANKRUPTCY case and their petition to Bankruptcy Court to extend their Chapter 11 protections into late 2020 occupy too much of their time. Perhaps if they'd taken better care of their customers, they wouldn't be in BANKRUPTCY Court …