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Score 7.5 out of 100
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Score 10 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

8x8 Express

For the price, having all of these features is amazing. If you have separate divisions and want to not have a ton of crossover with calls this is a great setup. It isn’t a great setup if you need only one phone since it doesn’t make sense since you won’t use most of the features.
Luke Sullivan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services

It is well suited for: Clients with call managers that want to continue using Cisco and want to minimize the new CAPEX. Clients that want to outsource the platform management and support.Clients that have a variation on the number of extensions.Although, Cisco HCS, is a solution that has a higher opex than the ones supported in ISP IP Centrex.
Rui Ferraz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

8x8 Express

  • Being able to forward calls to my cell phone when I am out of office.
  • So much functionality. So many options.
  • One set price instead of a bunch of add-on fees.
Luke Sullivan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services

  • VoIP best practices
  • UC and IM
  • Centralized management and provisioning
  • Reduced OPEX/CAPEX in the implementation
  • Security and integration with other UC platforms using SIP (Except Lync)
Rui Ferraz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

8x8 Express

  • Setup is a pain.
  • Transferring numbers take a long time.
Luke Sullivan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services

  • Integration with contact center plaforms
  • Integration with other UC platforms
  • Lower the tennant size and clusters capacity
  • Cisco's pressure to buy more and more licences, even not having a stale client pipeline (From the ISP point of view)
Rui Ferraz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

8x8 Express

8x8 Express 5.5
Based on 1 answer
If you get less than 4 phones you fall into the online only customer service. There were a couple of times that I could have used more assistance but figuring it out online was a bit of a hassle.
Luke Sullivan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services

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Alternatives Considered

8x8 Express

I love 8x8. Having not used Polycom phones before, the hardest part was learning how to set up and use the actual phones. 8x8 makes it a seamless transition from using other service providers. Their customer service is excellent although if you get their cheapest plan you will only get online assistance.
Luke Sullivan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services

Cisco HCS platform is to be seen as a centralized UC platforms, that can be scalable as an IP Centrex solution and as rich in functionalities as a Cisco CUCM. If you're looking for a solution and your main focus is IM & P functionalities rather than voice, Lync is a good solution. If your focus is voice and telephony, Cisco is a better solution
Rui Ferraz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

8x8 Express

  • We are still learning all the nuances but we miss much fewer calls.
  • Transitioning calls to the appropriate person is much easier.
  • Ease of use.
Luke Sullivan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services

  • Reduces the need to have a higher CAPEX in order to buy all the licenses at the start of the project.
  • The licensing is perpetual, the only associated cost with the licenses are SWSS.
  • Desktop sharing isn't a functionality.
  • Cisco SMB series can be used only with the higher cost licensing (Foundation/Standard).
Rui Ferraz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

8x8 Express

Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services

Pricing Details

8x8 Express

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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