Amazon Chime vs. MiCloud Connect

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Amazon Chime
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Amazon Chime is a communications service from Amazon Web Services with a built-in VoIP solution. Amazon Chime can be used for online meetings, video conferencing, and business calling, and features pay-as-you-go pricing.
$0
per minute
MiCloud Connect
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
MiCloud Connect is a business communications solution for contact centers that includes features like IP PBX telephony service, desk phones, softphone, and collaboration tools. It is integrable with other business communication technology, including Microsoft Outlook and CRM software.
$20.99
per user/per month
Pricing
Amazon ChimeMiCloud Connect
Editions & Modules
Business Calling - Inbound
$0.002216
per minute
Business Calling - Phone Numbers
$1
per number per month, US Only
Meetings - Pro
$3
*per user per day
Meetings - Basic
Free
Business Calling - Outbound
Country Dependent
per minute
Business Calling - Receive Text
Free
US Only
Business Calling - Send Text
Country Dependent
Essentials
$20.99
per user/per month
Premier
$26.59
per user/per month
Elite
$38.49
per user/per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Amazon ChimeMiCloud Connect
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details*up to $15.00 per user per month
More Pricing Information
Features
Amazon ChimeMiCloud Connect
Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software
Comparison of Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
10.0
26 Ratings
22% above category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
High quality audio10.026 Ratings00 Ratings
High quality video10.026 Ratings00 Ratings
Low bandwidth requirements10.021 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile support10.021 Ratings00 Ratings
Screen Sharing
Comparison of Screen Sharing features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
9.2
25 Ratings
15% above category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
Desktop sharing10.025 Ratings00 Ratings
Whiteboards8.311 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Meetings / Events
Comparison of Online Meetings / Events features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
9.6
25 Ratings
15% above category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
Calendar integration10.022 Ratings00 Ratings
Meeting initiation10.024 Ratings00 Ratings
Integrates with social media8.39 Ratings00 Ratings
Record meetings / events10.023 Ratings00 Ratings
Slideshows10.021 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Events Collaboration
Comparison of Online Events Collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
10.0
22 Ratings
17% above category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
Live chat10.022 Ratings00 Ratings
Audience polling10.010 Ratings00 Ratings
Q&A10.012 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Events Security
Comparison of Online Events Security features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
10.0
22 Ratings
18% above category average
MiCloud Connect
-
Ratings
User authentication10.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Participant roles & permissions10.021 Ratings00 Ratings
Confidential attendee list10.016 Ratings00 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
10.0
1 Ratings
12% above category average
MiCloud Connect
7.7
23 Ratings
3% below category average
Video conferencing10.01 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Audio conferencing10.01 Ratings9.023 Ratings
Video screen sharing10.01 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Instant messaging10.01 Ratings6.75 Ratings
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
-
Ratings
MiCloud Connect
8.2
27 Ratings
3% above category average
Hosted PBX00 Ratings7.515 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)00 Ratings8.315 Ratings
User templates00 Ratings8.016 Ratings
Call reports00 Ratings8.621 Ratings
Directory of employee names00 Ratings8.327 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
-
Ratings
MiCloud Connect
8.6
28 Ratings
4% above category average
Answering rules00 Ratings9.024 Ratings
Call recording00 Ratings8.323 Ratings
Call park00 Ratings8.626 Ratings
Call screening00 Ratings8.622 Ratings
Message alerts00 Ratings8.323 Ratings
Mobile apps
Comparison of Mobile apps features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
-
Ratings
MiCloud Connect
6.2
15 Ratings
26% below category average
Mobile app for iOS00 Ratings8.014 Ratings
Mobile app for Android00 Ratings4.512 Ratings
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Amazon ChimeMiCloud Connect
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ClickMeeting
ClickMeeting
Score 9.5 out of 10
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CloudTalk
Score 9.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
ClickMeeting
ClickMeeting
Score 9.5 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Google Meet
Google Meet
Score 8.3 out of 10
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Amazon ChimeMiCloud Connect
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(27 ratings)
8.3
(63 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(42 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(21 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(27 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
5.1
(9 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(9 ratings)
3.5
(16 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(3 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
2.0
(12 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(30 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(5 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amazon ChimeMiCloud Connect
Likelihood to Recommend
Amazon AWS
Amazon Chime is well suited for online video and audio meetings, IMs, and conducting training sessions using a whiteboard. It can be integrated well with Google Calendar and Microsoft outlook. With Amazon Chime mobile app you can attend meetings on the go as well. Meetings can be locked so that only legitimate participants can join the meeting. Amazon Chime is less suited in case you want meeting transcripts as well for your meetings. Given that Amazon Chime is not used by a larger audience so your client or customer may face some difficulties in join the meeting or accessing some of the features of the Chime.
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Mitel Networks Corporation
Mitel is excellent at allowing me as a user to setup up custom call routing in response to rapidly changing work flows. If I need to work from home for a period due to medical or other reasons, logging into Mitel and setting my office phone to ring through to my home or cell is quick and simple. Changing back is just as quick.
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Pros
Amazon AWS
  • Chat tools, video calls, on spot meeting invite[s] easy to create and use.
  • Ability to record any meeting and automatically downloads the meeting recording after ending the meeting.
  • UI is clean and easy to navigate around Amazon Chime.
  • Ability to invite outside guests easily using Amazon Chime without any issues.
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Mitel Networks Corporation
  • The system up-time has been 100% over 3 years.
  • With separate systems and two locations we used to have to fake the system into 4 digit dialing by forwarding all remote extensions to DIDs. Now with Shortel extended to the remote location we have true 4 digit dialing.
  • The Shortel desktop application makes managing calls and call routing a breeze for even our most novice users.
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Cons
Amazon AWS
  • More simplified dial-in numbers. The PIN for our conference line is long and easy to mistype.
  • You do not have to download the Chime app in order to join a conference, but if you want to do anything beyond join (schedule a conference, participate in a group chat, control participants), you have to have the app downloaded and installed. The app that you have to download in order to launch a conference is a memory hog, and slows down a computer's boot up time.
  • The add-in for Microsoft Outlook is particularly clunky. It helps you add scheduled conference calls/video conferences to your Outlook calendar, but it can cause Outlook to crash, and creates a really slow open time for Outlook. If you can avoid downloading the Outlook Add-In, I would.
  • No built-in screen sharing capabilities.
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Mitel Networks Corporation
  • There are persistent problems with the app's functionality on mobile devices.
  • At times, the web conferencing service may have delays. It appears to be less stable than competing approaches.
  • Using a headset instead of the microphone and speakers integrated into a desktop computer slows down the softphone's performance.
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Likelihood to Renew
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Mitel Networks Corporation
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
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Usability
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Mitel Networks Corporation
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.
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Reliability and Availability
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Mitel Networks Corporation
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.
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Performance
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Mitel Networks Corporation
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.
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Support Rating
Amazon AWS
They were very supportive in answering all of our questions when we had problems. Their in-person calls but their support site also had a full set of information that can answer a good portion of your questions before you have to pick up the phone. But when you, you will get good service.
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Mitel Networks Corporation
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.
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In-Person Training
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Mitel Networks Corporation
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.
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Online Training
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Mitel Networks Corporation
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.
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Implementation Rating
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Mitel Networks Corporation
Each of our locations has a dedicated ShoreTel router and managed QoS. With full management, it provides us a breath of space and bandwidth to use our resources in other means. Strongly consider the managed solution as you have to maintain more technical issues when hosting with your ISP. You have to make sure your ISP can provide you the best service for voice and data. Plug and 'hope' doesn't work with just routing your phones over any Internet connection....especially when your handsets run int he 100's
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Alternatives Considered
Amazon AWS
Better than Skype for Business in terms of loading the application onto your device. Skype had crashing issues always and those are comparatively low when using Amazon Chime. Amazon chime is fast and easy to work with while collaborating and setting up meetings. The audio and video quality are better than Skype for Business.
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Mitel Networks Corporation
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.
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Scalability
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
Mitel Networks Corporation
I believe that ShoreTel can be used by a minimum company size of about 25 to almost any size of a company and this can be achieved while the company grows, hence makes it pretty scalable when required. For companies which are smaller in size i.e. smaller than 25, I am not sure how useful it would be, it may be depending upon the type of business
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Return on Investment
Amazon AWS
  • The positive ROI is Amazon Chime helps make our sales reps more professional in their calls leading to an increase in closed/won deals.
  • Amazon Chime has increased overall morale across our sales team because it has greatly improved our call processes when compared to other tools we've used in the past.
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Mitel Networks Corporation
  • At my branch alone, we are saving over $500 a month using Shoretel Sky versus the phone company we were using before them.
  • Shoretel Sky has increased customer service by allowing our employees to easily transfer a call to the proper department or branch no matter where they are located instead of giving the caller a phone number to call.
  • Most of our locations did not have caller ID before Shoretel Sky. That feature has increased employee efficiency because when they know who is calling before they answer allows them to professionally greet their caller and have their info up on their computer as they answer.
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