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aptela vs MagicJack Plus
Compare aptela vs MagicJack Plus. Find out whether aptela or MagicJack Plus is better for your VoIP business or home needs. The experts at VoipReview have analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of aptela and MagicJack Plus and detailed analysis of the comparison can be found below.
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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...
magicJack Plus is the newest VoIP system available from magicJack. With magicJack Plus, you don't need to keep your computer on at all times to use your phone, as you did with the older magicJack product. This means you...
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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.
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.
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.
I purchased MagicJack in March 2018. I opted for selecting my own phone number, which I believe cost an extra fee of $10 one time only. I set up "Auto Renewal" on my account online as I pay all of my bills with auto-pay. I have a cell phone, and use it for everything. The ONLY reason I purchased MagicJack was in case I lose my phone in the house, I can use the MagicJack phone to call my cell phone. I also can use my home phone if my cell phone is broken, and I have no phone, or need to call my cell phone provider from a different phone other than my cell phone. My subscription expired in March 2019 but, because I set up "Auto-Renewal," my service automatically renewed, however, in August 2019 I misplaced my cell phone and picked up my MagicJack home phone to call my cell phone to locate it. There was a dial tone, but when I started to enter my cell phone number, I received a message on the phone that said I needed to renew my service???? So why did I receive a dial tone then? And why would I have to renew since I set up auto-pay? As everybody says, customer service is a FRICKIN JOKE! In order to get someone on the phone, you need to call the sales department 8006244252 (M-F 9am to 11pm ET and Sat/Sun 10am to 7pm,) and press Opt 1, enter your MagicJack phone number, then option 1, then option 0. I found this out after numerous attempts to reach the billing dept (8448662442 10am to 7pm ET, closed on weekends.) I explained that I am on auto-renewal but picked up my phone to use it for the first time since my service renewed on 3-24-2019, and received a message that I need to renew my phone service - why??? After being on the phone almost an hour with the cust svc rep, I found out that even though I was set up for auto-renewal, IF you paid to select your own phone number when you got the service, auto renewal DOES NOT renew your phone number!! Auto renewal ONLY renews the service, NOT your number. You have to call customer service every year to renew your phone number. The rep told me she could renew my number, but suggested I turn off auto-renewal as I have to call to renew my number EVERY YEAR. Not only that, calling to renew is cheaper than auto-renewal! I highly recommend auto-renewal ( IF you did not select your own phone, so you don't have to spend hours on the phone with a customer service rep.) Auto renewal is $45.61 per year whereas manual rennewal (calling) costs $44.83 yearly - it's cheaper but only less than a dollar cheaper, so it's easier to auto-renew, again, ONLY if you did not select your own. I also recommend NOT renewing for more than one year at a time because several reviews mentioned consumers purchasing 3 yr plans, and some 5 yr plans only to expire 1 yr later and MagicJack tells them they have to renew AGAIN, AND would NOT refund the money they already paid for a3 yr or 5 yr plan. The main thing i wish to convey here, though, is IF you opted to select your own phone number, setting up AUTO-RENEWAL ONLY renews the phone "service" for one year, and does NOT renew your phone number - you have to call EVERY YEAR to renew. The customer service rep I had was HORRIBLE, kept cutting me off! She'd read stuff off real quick, and when I'd ask a question, she just kept talking over me, like she couldn't hear me. It took an hour to understand what the issue was when I called, because she talked fast and refused to let me ask questions. I finally got mad and asked her to stop talking over me, and ANSWER my questions!!! She was the WORST customer service rep I have EVER dealt with. Other than all of that, I really do not use my home phone. But when I have on occasion, the service is fine, the call is clear. MagicJack does NOT offer Caller ID-Name. Your phone will display the phone number that dialed you, but no name is displayed. If your home phone is programmable, and you can program phone numbers into it, when someone calls you, who's number is programmed in your phone, your phone itself will then display the caller's name; it works the same as a cell phone - if the person calling you is already in your contacts, their name will show up when they call you. Now MagicJack is charging an extra $10 for "Concierge" service - I do not pay for this service. It is for "Premium Support" (they give you a different phone number to call,) and discounts on replacement devices. Because MagicJack runs off of wireless internet, you need to have a good connection for MagicJack to work when dialing out or receiving calls.