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8x8 Virtual Office

This is great for small to medium businesses, giving you more freedom to be where you need to be and not always glued to the office. Larger companies can benefit from the fact that they can have multiple office locations all tied to the same system. Businesses that need a more personal touch may not need all the features that the Virtual Office provides.
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Fuze

Fuze is very well suited for audio/video conferencing where attendees are spread around the globe. It is the best suited for enterprise where people have to jump from one call to another one after that other. In which case you can just add that person to an ongoing call. It is less appropriate for business that are bases locally and very appropriate for businesses that are spread around the country and in the North American continent.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

8x8 Virtual Office
8.8
Fuze
6.9
Hosted PBX
8x8 Virtual Office
9.6
Fuze
7.6
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
8x8 Virtual Office
9.1
Fuze
7.4
User templates
8x8 Virtual Office
8.6
Fuze
6.2
Call reports
8x8 Virtual Office
8.1
Fuze
6.4
Directory of employee names
8x8 Virtual Office
8.4
Fuze
6.7

Call Management

8x8 Virtual Office
8.7
Fuze
7.3
Answering rules
8x8 Virtual Office
9.2
Fuze
7.2
Call recording
8x8 Virtual Office
9.2
Fuze
7.5
Call park
8x8 Virtual Office
8.6
Fuze
7.5
Call screening
8x8 Virtual Office
7.8
Fuze
Message alerts
8x8 Virtual Office
8.9
Fuze
7.0

VoIP system collaboration

8x8 Virtual Office
8.6
Fuze
7.9
Video conferencing
8x8 Virtual Office
8.5
Fuze
7.6
Audio conferencing
8x8 Virtual Office
8.7
Fuze
8.2

Mobile apps

8x8 Virtual Office
8.7
Fuze
7.7
Mobile app for iOS
8x8 Virtual Office
9.2
Fuze
7.6
Mobile app for Android
8x8 Virtual Office
8.3
Fuze
7.8

Pros

  • Conference call feature is great. We have created multiple conference bridges, we even have one tied to our virtual attendant.
  • We like the flexibility of the auto attendant and being able to have more than one profile saved that we can change as needed
  • Having Virtual office was especially great when hurricane Irma came through last year and our office had no power, it allowed us to continue to operate from our cell phones without the customer realizing there was anything different.
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  • One of the most useful features is the MERGE. It allows you to combine two ongoing calls if they are people from the same company calling you for a similar issue or if you were trying to connect to more than one people at the same time.
  • Crystal clear sound and pitch perfect video. Better than any other tool out there on the market. I have experienced that the video and audio quality is way better than Skype. I can say that because we use both.
  • One of the other useful features is the ADD feature. It allows you to add other attendees to an already ongoing calls. Unlike other tools with Fuze you do not need have a new call initiated to add one extra person or someone who wants to jump in for a call in the middle. You can do it on the go! I love that feature of Fuze.
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Cons

  • The mobile app is good but can be too much at times, almost taking over the phone.
  • It would be nice if there was a way that when a voicemail is sent via email that it could mark it as listened to once the email has been opened.
  • The setup for the auto attendant is very intuitive, granted it works well once set up.
  • It would be nice if a call placed on hold could be picked up by another extension
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  • Network stability for instant messaging and video. While voice has performed at the high level we would expect, any minor disruption in the connection will disrupt IM and video. I would like to see greater tolerance for common network speed bumps.
  • Expanded functionality for the preferred device and Fuze Desktop connection. For example, I would like to be able to transfer a call from my Fuze desktop to the preferred device and listen to voicemails on the preferred device via the Fuze desktop.
  • List management within Fuze desktop. We have recent calls and favorites today, but I would like the user to be able to create separate lists for quick and easy access, similar to the legacy Thinking Communicator.
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Likelihood to Renew

8x8 Virtual Office5.1
Based on 2 answers
Based on their poor customer service and lack of warranty replacement, I would not recommend or use 8x8.
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Fuze7.1
Based on 9 answers
Overall ease of use with the product. It helps of move quicker and more efficient all while providing us the necessary information that we need on the back end. A great product for any organization to adopt, especially if you have a sales department who are responsible for generating revenue. Highly recommend Fuze
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Usability

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Fuze6.5
Based on 4 answers
Fuze was built with the end-user in mind. It was built to have a common interface on mobile and desktop. Fuze Web is new, and it also has the exact same interface as the desktop and mobile, and they are still working on the ability to make phone calls from the browser itself, currently it can do meetings just fine. Everything about Fuze was built with the end-user in mind.
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Reliability and Availability

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Fuze9.1
Based on 1 answer
Because the people who designed Fuze were Data-center people, they thought of availability first, there really isn't any excuse for telephony downtime, and they certainly do well with this. There has never been a total outage, just a few features sometimes have been offline while Fuze moves the service to other servers, NEVER calling, sometimes chat or physical phones (which can be fixed by rebooting them). The uptime on the Fuze systems is basically: Always up, always available.
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Performance

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Fuze9.1
Based on 1 answer
Since Fuze runs across multiple devices and platforms they really strived to make a lightweight interface that is optimized for phone calls, chat, and collaboration. The web client loads fast, the chat is always up-to-date, phone calls arrive on-time. The desktop client is the most feature rich and basically it just adds desktop sharing functionality as well as VoIP for calling, and the mobile client doesn't consume a lot of battery, and it stays running to get phone calls, chats, and can do meetings over Wifi, Cellular Data, or Cellular voice.
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Support

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Fuze6.3
Based on 47 answers
Their support team has always been willing to set up time to talk if there are any issues occuring with the system. In addition, they provide a lot of information around frequently asked questions and user guides within their online portal. It is really easy to find the information that we need in order to be successful when using their product.
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In-Person Training

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Fuze9.1
Based on 1 answer
At many of our sites with more than 50 users, Fuze sent someone onsite to train. This worked surprisingly well, as the trainer allowed the users to set the pace and answered TONS of questions. Fuze has a very streamlined training process, their staff is very professional, very knowledgeable and very engaging.
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Online Training

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Fuze9.1
Based on 1 answer
Fuze has vast amounts of training videos and guides on how to use its products and services. There are literally endless-hours of training and I often point end-users to a particular video which addresses the specific needs of the user, for example: how to check voicemail. Or, how to share your desktop, etc.
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Implementation

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Fuze7.8
Based on 46 answers
The overall process did not take long at all. Our entire organization was up and running in what seemed like no time. The process was not cumbersome at all and we were able to integrate with other systems like Salesforce very easily. We have been very satisfied with how Fuze has worked for us up to this point
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Alternatives Considered

When we choosing 8x8 we looked at a few alternatives such as Comcast and AT&T. Both of these companies required local equipment or additional cost to host the phone lines. Also, both required a minimum 2yr contract with penalties for canceling early on top of costing more than 8x8. Ultimately we chose 8x8 for the flexibility of being able to move and if it didn't work out there was no penalty for canceling.
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Skype for Business, 8x8, on-prem PBX.Fuze has better call and video quality then other UCAS services we have evaluated and is more resilient. No equipment or cap-ex needed vs an on-prem PBX solution, and user provisioning is much easier.
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Scalability

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Fuze9.1
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Fuze does have scalability limits but most of that is how many end-points they can put on a virtual PBX, or VCX as they call them, I THINK its limit is somewhere between 2,000 and 5,000, but we've not had issues with that because we have put users into various VCXs some by location, some by department or function. Either way, we have 7,000 currently deployed, and are going to end up with over 15,000 when we are done, Fuze is VERY scalable.
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Return on Investment

  • An 8x8 customer was paying AT&T over $1500 a month for 18 phone lines. When we converted him to 8x8 his phone bill went down to $120 a month. Big savings and he got more features.
  • 95% of the time, our 8x8 customers see savings and always get more features.
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  • We are only using the free version so far so the return on investment has been exponential!
  • The morale and rapport of our team is a lot tighter due to frequently seeing each others' faces and expressions, rather than just listening in on a conference call.
  • We are able to see that the employees are all on task during the meetings, and we don't have anyone logged in but away from their phone.
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Pricing Details

8x8 Virtual Office

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

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
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