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aptela vs 8x8

Compare aptela vs 8x8. Find out whether aptela or 8x8 is better for your VoIP business or home needs. The experts at VoipReview have analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of aptela and 8x8 and detailed analysis of the comparison can be found below.

User Ratings & Reviews

  • 43 Reviews
  • 47 Reviews
4.6
3.85

Overview:

Aptela is the leader in today's burgeoning VoIP industry. They provide small businesses and medium-sized businesses with cost-effective and high-quality VoIP solutions.

Aptela offers two distinct business VoIP plans: Business VoIP and...

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...

Provider Info

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  • Founder Year: 2005
  • Website: 8x8.com
  • Headquater Country: United States
  • Founder Year: 1996

Plans Available*

  • N/A
  • 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

Users Average Rating

Recent User Reviews

I have been using Aptela for years. I signed the previous company i was working for, to Aptela and I started up my company years ago and sticked with them. They are good at some points. But there are parts can make you frustrated. Usually no problem with connection but some connections is not clear. It happens daily basis. I use Polycom HD voice model phone which has superb sound quality. Another corcern is billing issue. Recently our credit card has been comprimed and we had to cancel the card. They tried to take money on 2nd and today is 23rd they have disconnected the service. No phone calls just email asking for us to fax credit authorization form. not even web based area that you can update your billing information nor add up back up payment option nor you can with credit card information. I wouldn't rely my business service with amature billing setup. 

ayhanyildiz November 23rd, 2011

Our two-attorney law firm was relocating after a quarter-century in one place.  We were not sure we wanted to bring our original PBX box with us for the long term, so we began to assess all our phone choices.  For no particular reason, I started out with extreme reluctance to consider VoIP, probably due to years of passing chatter about such issues as dropped calls, etc. and overall skepticism about relying on the Internet for important client calls.  Upon learning we could not keep our existing main phone number if we stayed with our landline (due to the location of the new office), we began to weight the possibility of VoIP, if only to be able to port our old number.  Well-informed friends also told me to give VoIP a fair chance because technology and faster Internet speeds might have made my apprehension outdated.  My further study made me realize that VoIP might not merely be an acceptable alternative; it might bring some advantages.  Not one to make long-term technology decisions (or spending decisions) lightly, I did my homework.  Reading as many reviews as I could find about all the various VoIP/virtual PBX providers, I found a confusing mix of raves and rants for virtually every company.  (I soon confirmed that moving on trying to find the company with no negative reviews was futile, and that, probably, they did not reflect a consensus; I also noted that many complaints had to do with high-call-volume users, and our small law firm has light to moderate phone traffic.) To make a long story a little shorter, after a lot of comparing, we tentatively settled on Aptela, and confirmed our choice after sales consultant Omid patiently answered our endless questions and addressed all our concerns (including frank discussion about the handful of negative comments that seem to appear on every provider's review page).  We have been very happy with the training, transition, and our trouble-free first ten weeks using Aptela.  No dropped calls or call quality concerns at all.  When we speak to each other in-house over the phone, but can simultaneously hear the colleague's voice faintly from down the hall, we recognize that the "live" and phone voices can be slightly out of sync at times. However, my concern about whether that might hinder phone conversations has not proven to be an issue at all.  We have noticed no appreciable lag in our phone calls.   To have the best chance of our switch to Aptela working out well, we verified adequate bandwidth by opting for cable internet over DSL. (Fiber optic was not available at the new location.) We bought preconfigured Polycom phones from Aptela, which seems to have been a great choice.  Combining newly installed network wiring, a new router/hub/firewall and all-new phones with new VoIP, we were braced for the worst even while hoping for the best.  To our pleasant surprise, everything worked well from the start.   We are very pleased with the call quality (particularly since we paid a bit more for the HD handset option)-- much better than our land lines.  Relearning how to transfer calls within the office took a little focus (can't just put a caller on hold and tell someone else to pick up).  We miss being able to see who else is on the phone by glancing at the phone itself, but get that functionality on the Aptela dashboard.  We love being able to send calls to any phone, and to use follow-me settings to receive calls anywhere-- but we have not actually used those appealing features much so far.  During pre-move initial training, Aptela helped me record our first voice prompts (we did not opt for professional recording)-- remotely, over my cell phone.  I was certain the recording would be poor quality and would have to be redone later, but was amazed at the clarity of that recording.  (We kept it.) Aptela's assistance with training, porting our old number, and fielding our questions was impeccable.  We have not had to open any trouble tickets, so I cannot comment about the tech support.  Although I am not wild about having to place a support call and then wait for a reply, I believe that will prove more useful in the long run than getting an immediate but less helpful answer from an offshore call center.  (I understand Aptela's support team is in at their main office-- which happens to be right in my backyard.) We have no regrets about either the general decision to switch to VoIP or our choice of Aptela.

Michael G May 11th, 2011

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.

Tan_Tran September 4th, 2019

"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
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