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Score 7.5 out of 100
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Score 6.6 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

Well, I have been informed of newer cloud solutions that only rely on plugging the phones into the network and not needing any PRI or phone system on prem. This would make for a very inexpensive phone system. I am not sure how inter-office calls would work if the internet is down however.
Josh Novak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.0
Hosted PBX
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.1
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.2
User templates
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.3
Call reports
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.6
Directory of employee names
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.6

Call Management

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.5
Answering rules
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.2
Call recording
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.1
Call park
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.1
Call screening
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.3
Message alerts
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.8

VoIP system collaboration

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.9
Video conferencing
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.3
Audio conferencing
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.2
Video screen sharing
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.5
Instant messaging
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.8

Mobile apps

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.6
Mobile app for iOS
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.6
Mobile app for Android
8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.6

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • Call quality is very good. Dedicated circuit for QoS is helpful. Even leveraging the Mitel Cloud service over our own ISP has been problem free. The disadvantage to that is the owned and operated router from Mitel where they control more connectivity issues and troubleshoot them as well.
  • Support is also very good. Receive US based support staff when calling in. Issues resolved quickly.
  • They are continuously growing in support and service.
Joe DiCristofano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

8x8 Express

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • The Shoretel Mobility app for iPhone does not work very well and is not very intuitive in my experience.
  • We have had many intermittent instances of employees reporting that call quality is bad, sounds like the caller is garbled and underwater.
  • I deployed Shoretel Sky to eleven branches in four states over a 6 month period and experiences were not very consistent. Had issues with not enough power bricks being sent with the phones, some phones not having the the face sticker showing messages, directories, etc., user guides (quick start guides) not getting shipped with the phones at some branches, and phones being programmed incorrectly. This made it very difficult to plan my trips to train employees and install these at the various locations.
Jason Payton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

8x8 Express

No score
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MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 8.6
Based on 42 answers
Although the price is higher than some of the other Hosted systems out there, the value is definitely worth a renewal. Everything is relative: there are some companies out there who need phones, but don't necessarily care how they work, the functionality/features available/durability etc., they just care that they have phones that make and receive calls. There are other companies that are completely reliant on phones and certain functionality that is provided by the system. There are even some companies who are straight up dependent on the phone system and are losing tons of money anytime they are down, ShoreTel is the perfect fit for theSMB client who sees value in a solid,robust, reliable and high functioning phone system
Greg Golding | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

8x8 Express

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 7.1
Based on 22 answers
I have not used a wide array of communication software, but this far ShoreTel/MiCloud has been the simplest and easiest to get into. My work employs several temps at certain points throughout the year, and they use this piece of software frequently, and new hires seem to have little to no issue using this software. Additionally, this is our primary telephone communication infrastructure, and I have yet to encounter any issues when signed in and regularly using it handling external calls to our department.
Casey Wright | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

8x8 Express

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 10.0
Based on 30 answers
The system has gone down on us MULTIPLE times. We asked them to move us to a different cluster. Shoretel declined. Basically we had problems or outages every month of the year from June 2012 to date. Our old phone system was just that: OLD, no bells or whistles. But it was up every day and I never had to think about it much until it was time for an upgrade. That's how I want Shoretel to be. I want it so reliable that I never have to think about it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

8x8 Express

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 5.2
Based on 10 answers
Even though the system uses a lower bandwidth connection we have experienced a higher call quality than our previous system which required a T1 line and back up broadband connection.
Shane Hayes | 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 7.0
Based on 19 answers
ShoreTel Sky's support is amazing. The only reason why I didn't give it a 10 is that we still need to contact them for stuff that we should be able to do, for ourselves, within the management portal. I know their portal is being worked on, so hopefully they will get the "little things" included for self-management.
Zak Gunnells | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

8x8 Express

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 6.0
Based on 3 answers
I attended the first ShoreTel installer class in Austin,TX. It was a week of intensive study with a live lab and having hands on experience made the class worthwhile. I have taken all of the sales courses and remaining technical courses either online or self study to keep costs down. I send my techs to the first installer course in Austin as I feel it gives them a solid foundation and most of teh other courses they have taken have been online.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

8x8 Express

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 2.0
Based on 12 answers
The training identified some things M5 (ShoreTel's cloud division) could provide, however it was only using it every day and asking the Shoretel support several questions that I got the hang of it. The training was able to highlight functions but I did not learn how to use the phone from the training.
Kelli Doyle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

8x8 Express

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 9.7
Based on 34 answers
I feel that the current features that ShoreTel provides are pretty solid, but in future I would love to see it expand into more features to assist inter team communication if possible. Considering that there was not a single issue with ShoreTel in my whole work period of 6months I think it is safe to say that the implementation is pretty standardized.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

Aptela. I chose M5 (ShoreTelSky) because their platform puts call quality first. Their system also uses Cisco endpoints, which are very compatible with the rest of my Cisco network. I also liked the fact that ShoreTelSky uses the internet only as a backup for transport; I use MPLS as my primary connectivity.
Whitney White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

8x8 Express

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 7.6
Based on 5 answers
Shoretel has been very scalable for our organization. We first installed Shoretel in 2003 to standardize three sites on one phone system. As our needs have changed, our Shoretel system has adapted with our growing needs and added locations. Initially, we were using analog phones and have been rolling out VoIP as our budgeting has allowed.
Gary Lamontagne | 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • We save a lot of time not having to dial numbers, measure call volumes and metrics and spend a lot of time configuring new phone systems. Our ROI is high from ShoreTel just in the time we save using and administering the system.
Jonathan Brose | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

8x8 Express

General

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

8x8 Express Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

General

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) Editions & Modules

Edition
Essentials20.991
Premier26.591
Elite38.491
  1. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

8x8 Express
9.1
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.0

Likelihood to Renew

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.6

Usability

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.1

Reliability and Availability

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
10.0

Performance

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.2

Support Rating

8x8 Express
5.5
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.0

In-Person Training

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.0

Online Training

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
2.0

Implementation Rating

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.7

Scalability

8x8 Express
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.6

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