8x8 X Series vs. Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
8x8 X Series
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
8x8 XCaaS aims to erase the boundary between Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) to help organizations deliver modern communications experiences. With one integrated platform for customer and employee communications, businesses can respond to customer inquiries faster while maintaining the context and content of each engagement as it progresses through the customer journey.
$24
per month
Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
Score 10.0 out of 10
N/A
Cisco offers hosted unified communications as a service.N/A
Pricing
8x8 X SeriesCisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
Editions & Modules
X2
$24
Per User/Per Month
X4
$44
Per User/Per Month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
8x8 X SeriesCisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
8x8 X SeriesCisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
8x8 X SeriesCisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
8x8 X Series
8.8
333 Ratings
8% above category average
Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
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Ratings
Hosted PBX8.3188 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)10.049 Ratings00 Ratings
User templates8.3208 Ratings00 Ratings
Call reports8.3264 Ratings00 Ratings
Directory of employee names8.8298 Ratings00 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
8x8 X Series
8.6
380 Ratings
3% above category average
Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
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Ratings
Answering rules8.9339 Ratings00 Ratings
Call recording9.0292 Ratings00 Ratings
Call park8.7272 Ratings00 Ratings
Call screening7.5258 Ratings00 Ratings
Message alerts8.7328 Ratings00 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
8x8 X Series
8.8
275 Ratings
6% above category average
Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
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Ratings
Video conferencing8.7174 Ratings00 Ratings
Audio conferencing8.4238 Ratings00 Ratings
Video screen sharing9.0120 Ratings00 Ratings
Instant messaging9.0175 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile apps
Comparison of Mobile apps features of Product A and Product B
8x8 X Series
9.3
330 Ratings
11% above category average
Cisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
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Ratings
Mobile app for iOS9.2268 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app for Android9.5215 Ratings00 Ratings
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8x8 X SeriesCisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
Small Businesses
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.7 out of 10
Nextiva Business Phone Service
Nextiva Business Phone Service
Score 8.9 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.7 out of 10
Nextiva Business Phone Service
Nextiva Business Phone Service
Score 8.9 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Score 9.1 out of 10
Cisco Unified Communications Manager (Call Manager)
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Score 8.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
8x8 X SeriesCisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(399 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(24 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.4
(54 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.2
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.9
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
7.7
(139 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.2
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.8
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(13 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
8.5
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.1
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.2
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.6
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
8.8
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.0
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
8x8 X SeriesCisco Hosted Unified Communications Services
Likelihood to Recommend
8x8, Inc.
8x8 is well suited for our small private practice. Even though we are close to each other, it makes managing and transferring calls effortless. Concurrent calls are also a strong suit. Even if two people are logged into the same user account, being able to answer two lines at the same time and flip between devices is a great feature to have.
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Cisco
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.
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Pros
8x8, Inc.
  • Automatically routes incoming calls to the available agent with the appropriate skills, ensuring that customers are served promptly.
  • Integrates with email systems to provide a unified view of customer interactions.
  • Allows sales representatives to share their screens with customers and prospects, demonstrating products and services effectively.
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Cisco
  • 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)
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Cons
8x8, Inc.
  • 8x8's emails with billing info or auto-payments does not attach a pdf copy of the invoice for reference; you have to log in to your dashboard and navigate through several links to obtain a copy of your invoice, which is frankly just inconvenient.
  • While 8x8 is very feature rich, a lot of it appears to be oriented towards call centers and therefore may not be required or useful for small offices (like ours).
  • While 8x8 is very responsive to issues affecting its system, the frequent update alerts can become distracting.
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Cisco
  • 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)
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Likelihood to Renew
8x8, Inc.
All our employees love this product. No one has ever had an issue, whether it be the phone or fax. Great during the winter when employees have to work from home because of the snow. Never had an issue with the phone app. Highly recommend this product
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Cisco
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Usability
8x8, Inc.
Again for a large call center with many needs, and full time people to manage this may be a good system, but for a small business needing a phone system in my opinion it is overly complicated and difficult to manage without multiple calls on support.
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Cisco
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
8x8, Inc.
As mentioned before, we have not had an outage with the phone system per say, There was an issue with the call center where we did have an outage, but it was quickly and promplty handled by 8x8 support, they got us up and going again within 24 hours. The 8x8 hard phone and softphone side of things have been rock solid, I couldn't ask for anything more seeing we are in health care and it's exactly what we were looking for. When and if there is an issue 99% of the time it's user error
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Cisco
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Performance
8x8, Inc.
None of the features that are available slow down the application. The reports (even the ones with hundreds of records) complete very quickly and the web interface as well as the mobile application never struggle to load or complete a task. The analytics will sometimes take some time to reflect the online status of users but it is to be expected due to connection speeds.
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Cisco
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Support Rating
8x8, Inc.
8x8 support can be phenomenal. After getting in touch with a support member, all of my problems are either solved right away or throughout a small time frame, fine-tuned to my circumstance/issue. Whether they are following up via phone call or email, I have full confidence and faith that any matter will be resolved. Trying to contact the support team is where things get a bit tricky. Raising an issue in the chat can be taxing as we are mostly referred to the general FAQ section of the site. Although it may be helpful to some, it does nothing for those of us that have very specific problems. If each account holder can receive access to a customer service line that differs from non-member account holders, I think we'd have a higher level of trust and a lower level of frustration.
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Cisco
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In-Person Training
8x8, Inc.
The person giving the training was very engaged, He also listened and answered all the questions. He created a video for our company while he was training in case we needed to reference it again in the future. The questions he could not answer were answered within 24 hours via an email to the IT support staff here so we could share the answers with the rest of the group
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Cisco
No answers on this topic
Online Training
8x8, Inc.
online (video) training is good. No issues.
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Cisco
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Implementation Rating
8x8, Inc.
The implementation of 8x8 X was rather smooth. We had training prior to getting the system. The IT company did a good job on the training. The whole system is wonderful. Saves me so much time with the faxing, as i can just let it go by itself and not have to make sure pages don't get skipped, as with a regular fax machine.
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Cisco
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Alternatives Considered
8x8, Inc.
Hands down 8x8 is superior to the Spectrum Ring Central that we had tried. Interestingly, they supplied the same phone hardware but were unable to suggest an adapter for wifi for the phones. Cost wise very similar but customer experience very different. Above all else, the quality of customer service has made all the difference
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Cisco
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
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8x8, Inc.
At this time, we’re very happy with the pricing model that we have worked out and they have provided for us. Just be sure to do your homework, and use your comparisons to work out your cost with 8x8. They will be very straightforward with you on what they can
adjust for you.
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Cisco
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Scalability
8x8, Inc.
8x8 100% suits Business needs to connect with from anywhere and everywhere. The Softphone features is very light and very easy to use also very reliable with Zero Downtime. Can also be set personal Voicemail over softphone at anytime and logs everything is very easy to find.
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Cisco
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Professional Services
8x8, Inc.
PS had all the users etc. set up by our go-live date. All hard phones were activated and when we received them, all we had to do was set them up and punch in the activation code to activate them.
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Cisco
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Return on Investment
8x8, Inc.
  • It's been amazing. We used to have so many complaints about call quality, phone calls cutting in and out, tons of calls where it was dead air, dropped calls etc. Since switching back to 8x8 we have not had one complaint, which is great for business! Being able to communicate with our clients is the only way for us to have a positive ROI!
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Cisco
  • 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).
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