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aptela vs Voiceral Communications
Compare aptela vs Voiceral Communications. Find out whether aptela or Voiceral Communications is better for your VoIP business or home needs. The experts at VoipReview have analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of aptela and Voiceral Communications 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...
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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also told me to give VoIP a fair chance because technology and faster Internet speeds might have made my apprehension outdated.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.
***IF ANYONE HAS ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS MAN AND COMPANY AND HAS ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP ME GET MY MONEY BACK, OR AT LEAST A LIVE PERSON ON A PHONE, PLEASE CONTACT ME!!! I REALLY APPRECIATE THE HELP!! ***** MY EMAIL IS: [email protected] HERE IS THE STORY: I was a faithful Voiceral user for years! I referred all my friends and family to this company. I told them that this company was small and personal and had great customer service! Yeah, the phone service and quality was shotty and I had to reboot at least once a day, and half the the person on the other end of the phone couldn't hear me, or said i sounded like I was under water. But I still defended the company. I told everyone, "oh, it's just digital phone, it has its quirks, but you cannot beat the price! And the customer service is great!" So after years of defending this company, I found MAGIC JACK! What a light in the darkness. Sure I had to change my phone number, but $20 cost a year for unlimited calling? You can't beat that. To my amazement the phone quality for Magic Jack is amazing compared to Voiceral.....so we decided to make the full switch. I called to cancel my Voiceral account.....no answer. Left a message, no return call. Left another message....still no response. After many messages left, and no return calls, I thought I would never be able to cancel my phone account with them. FINALLY, I got a call, from the very rude owner, telling me that my phone had already been disconnected way back when got my message! WELL YOU NEVER TOLD ME THAT! Then he tells me that he tried to issue me my refund (as I was on the yearly payment plan and he owes me 1/2 a years money back!!!) but there where problems with my credit card account. So he told me he wasn't aloud to re-issue it or something, so i needed to write him a letter saying that i will not try to claim back charges on my card, and then he will mail me a check for the back balance. BOY AM I STUPID! I was a nice trusting person and emailed him what he wanted because I figured that there are decent people in the world. Now, it has been over 2 months, and I still have no check for the money he promised me. I have EMAILS TO PROVE IT THAT HE SAID HE WOULD SEND ME THE MONEY! YET HE STILL HASN"T GIVEN ME A DIME!!!!! THe last 2 months of my life have been spend calling him every day leaving messages and emails demanding my money back, with no response!!!!! THIS MAN IS A CROOK! DO NOT TRUST THIS COMPANY!!!!! ***IF ANYONE HAS ANY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS MAN AND COMPANY AND HAS ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD HELP ME GET MY MONEY BACK, OR AT LEAST A LIVE PERSON ON A PHONE, PLEASE CONTACT ME!!! I REALLY APPRECIATE THE HELP!! ***** MY EMAIL IS: [email protected]
Dave Convoy, who writes excellent reviews about his own (Voiceral) service, on this site is a liar and a thief. He has stolen my phone number, which I have had for 16 years. My guess is that he just doesn't want to refund any money..paid for a year in advance. He doesn't like to have to send replacement modems when one of his go bad because it will cost him money. He blames every problem with his service on someone else..me (client), other providers (Time Warner), crossed cables (ethernet cable must be plugged in wrong) etc. I have tried to get my phone number ported since the end of November and finally had to get a new number the end of January in order to have working phones from a new provider. Have filed with the FCC and hope to get results but that will take time. DO NOT even think of using this voIP service. You will regret it.