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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

  • 46 Reviews
  • 5 Reviews
3.9
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Overview:

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...

Provider Info

  • Website: 8x8.com
  • Headquater Country: United States
  • Founder Year: 1996
  • Website: windstream.com
  • Headquater Country: United States
  • Founder Year: 1997

Plans Available*

  • 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
  • N/A

Users Average Rating

Recent User Reviews

"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

daisychick February 6th, 2019

8x8 just gets the job done for us. A good phone system is one you don't have to think about much. It has all the features we need, and works well with our remote team on their smartphones. Haven't experienced any down time or customer service issues either.

guybf1 January 19th, 2019

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 …

Cruz-Johnson Business Owners February 3rd, 2020

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.

John Vondracek April 27th, 2019
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