8x8 X Series vs. Fuze

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
Fuze
Score 7.4 out of 10
Enterprise companies (1,001+ employees)
Fuze is a cloud-based unified communications platform that includes IP PBX voice service, video conferencing, and collaboration tools such as content sharing and instant messaging capabilities. It also integrates with a wide range of popular CTI, CRM, and click-to-call solutions.
$15
per month
Pricing
8x8 X SeriesFuze
Editions & Modules
X2
$24
Per User/Per Month
X4
$44
Per User/Per Month
US Outbound
$0.02
Per Minute
Fuze Meetings
$15
Per User/Per Month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
8x8 X SeriesFuze
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeRequired
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
8x8 X SeriesFuze
Considered Both Products
8x8 X Series
Chose 8x8 X Series
The 8x8 UCaaS solution provides the same functionality that we were looking for that is the same as the other cloud-only phone vendors that we also looked at. However, the integration of the 8x8 UCaaS with the 8x8 CCaaS was also a big factor in why we liked 8x8 better. The …
Fuze
Chose Fuze
Fuze was a cost effective solution that best met our requirements. Compared to 8x8 in particular, Fuze's built in queue logic allowed us to migrate our call flow more seamlessly. To our customers, it didn't sound like we changed a thing even though everything did. That …
Chose Fuze
8x8 has a solid platform, an all in one solution, and great support. We chose Fuze over 8x8 based on cultural fit and the clear desire to continue to build and to innovate at Fuze. That matches well with the modernization and transformation we're undertaking within our business …
Chose Fuze
SOOOO much better. So much more functionality, customizing options. You can set auto rules for when you're in meetings, and can skip the call to your mobile if you're running out of the office. Call quality is amazing. The support from 8X8 is excellent too. They come back to …
Chose Fuze
We find none of these solutions give us end to end direct dialling, contact center and collaboration.
Chose Fuze

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.

Chose Fuze
Our final selection came down to Fuze and RingCentral as the two vendors who met most of our organization's specific requirements. In the final selection it was a combination of Fuze's single user application format and their overall pre-sales handling of our account that won …
Chose Fuze
Most of the UC platforms are similar in how they work and what they do. Fuze for us came in at a better price point and I was more convinced by the support offered and the deployment options.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
8x8 X SeriesFuze
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
8x8 X Series
8.8
333 Ratings
8% above category average
Fuze
6.1
111 Ratings
29% below category average
Hosted PBX8.3188 Ratings5.678 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)10.049 Ratings6.473 Ratings
User templates8.3208 Ratings5.360 Ratings
Call reports8.3264 Ratings6.792 Ratings
Directory of employee names8.8298 Ratings6.3107 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
Fuze
6.9
107 Ratings
19% below category average
Answering rules8.9339 Ratings7.199 Ratings
Call recording9.0292 Ratings6.489 Ratings
Call park8.7272 Ratings7.373 Ratings
Call screening7.5258 Ratings00 Ratings
Message alerts8.7328 Ratings6.893 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
Fuze
7.5
91 Ratings
10% below category average
Video conferencing8.7174 Ratings7.477 Ratings
Audio conferencing8.4238 Ratings7.690 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
Fuze
8.1
103 Ratings
3% below category average
Mobile app for iOS9.2268 Ratings8.194 Ratings
Mobile app for Android9.5215 Ratings8.177 Ratings
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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Score 9.7 out of 10
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User Ratings
8x8 X SeriesFuze
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(399 ratings)
6.8
(116 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(24 ratings)
7.6
(20 ratings)
Usability
9.4
(54 ratings)
7.1
(12 ratings)
Availability
9.2
(9 ratings)
8.9
(3 ratings)
Performance
8.9
(9 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
7.7
(139 ratings)
7.4
(88 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.2
(3 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
8.8
(3 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.1
(13 ratings)
8.0
(111 ratings)
Configurability
8.5
(8 ratings)
8.7
(3 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
8.1
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.2
(6 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.6
(9 ratings)
7.8
(3 ratings)
Professional Services
8.8
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(7 ratings)
8.6
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.0
(7 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
8x8 X SeriesFuze
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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Fuze
Fuze has way more capability than we need for our small office so it might be best suited for large installations, call centers, and complex environments. Our office is small and our needs [are] minimal, so when we need support we are challenged to understand the support person due to our lack of technical sophistication. We sometimes feel like we should switch to a solution more geared for consumers or SOHO. Nevertheless, Fuze provides reliable service at [a] reasonable cost that meets our needs, and because support is rarely needed we are happy with them most of the time, i.e. when support isn't needed.
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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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Fuze
  • Support Team - the best I have ever worked with. They help 24/7 on any issue I could come across. Usually it is an item I could fix myself and they fix it and show me how to fix the same issue if I have it in the future.
  • Contact Center - We do Commercial Collections involving Sales and Collections. We have 50 people on the phone at one time. Contact Center lets a Manager listen live and gives help if the rep needs help selling or collecting.
  • Pandemic 2020 - without Fuze we would have been unable to work for 3 months. They saved our "rears" since we already had all their services up and running for years.
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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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Fuze
  • Desktop application stability and compatibility with certain hardware.
  • Better installation - Per-user and per-computer installs sometimes compete with one another and/or upgrades fail to install.
  • [The] desktop app is not best for touchscreen-enabled devices due to lack of ability to scroll through messages using a finger or stylus.
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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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Fuze
Fuze is a solid application that is a great asset to the business for our sales staff to make daily calls to clients and candidates. Managers can monitor call data and times to keep up to date with team performance, as well as monitor calls for users on their team. The Fuze/MS Teams integration is an exciting prospect that would be very beneficial to us as a business, for seamless integration between the 2 platforms.
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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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Fuze
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
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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Fuze
We've had a few outages over the past year. More than other vendors I've used. They usually have outages fixed within an hour. The downside is they do not provide root cause of outages. If they do at takes them at least a month to get it to you
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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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Fuze
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 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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Fuze
Our experience with Fuze support has been overall very positive. Their technicians seem to be well trained and able to handle a variety of requests and issues without unnecessary delays or extensive troubleshooting. Fuze allows enough customer access to avoid the need to call support for every little issue but is ready to assist when issues are beyond our capabilities to resolve.
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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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Fuze
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
8x8, Inc.
online (video) training is good. No issues.
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Fuze
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 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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Fuze
Personally, I didn't have any trouble getting started with Fuze. It was installed on my computer on my first day and I was good to go! Little to no hiccups. I was not with the company when they first adapted Fuze so I can not speak to the implementation as a whole.
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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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Fuze
Fuze was far more expensive and more complicated to set up. Our current platform took a few days to set up with SSO. Our contact center took a bit longer but works amazingly.
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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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Fuze
No answers on this topic
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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Fuze
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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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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Fuze
No answers on this topic
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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Fuze
  • We receive constant negative feedback from mangers about the system not functioning correctly. (This is mainly due to lack of support from Fuze)
  • This has had a positive impact in that the system is cheaper and we are missing less calls due to the functionality of the system.
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