Amazon Chime vs. NetFortris

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
NetFortris
Score 6.4 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
NetFortris provides business phone systems using Polycom and Yealink IP phones. They offer three subscription-based pricing plans, all including unlimited VoIP and desktop phone options. Advanced plans include other features such as video collaboration, softphone, and on-demand recording.
$30
per month
Pricing
Amazon ChimeNetFortris
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
Hybrid Software Subscription (Required with Hybrid Premise)
$14.99
per user, per month
Essentials Edition
$19.99
per user, per month
Professional Edition
$24.99
per user, per month
Ultimate Edition
$34.99
per user, per month
Hybrid Premise Subscription (Appliance and Phone for Each User)
$200
per location, per month
Hybrid Premise Purchase
Varies
Varies
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Amazon ChimeNetFortris
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup fee$5 per user
Additional Details*up to $15.00 per user per monthFor the latest special offers, visit www.fonality.com/offers.
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Community Pulse
Amazon ChimeNetFortris
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Amazon ChimeNetFortris
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
NetFortris
-
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
NetFortris
-
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
NetFortris
-
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
NetFortris
-
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
NetFortris
-
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
NetFortris
7.5
55 Ratings
6% below category average
Video conferencing10.01 Ratings7.017 Ratings
Audio conferencing10.01 Ratings8.054 Ratings
Video screen sharing10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Instant messaging10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
-
Ratings
NetFortris
7.8
90 Ratings
2% below category average
Hosted PBX00 Ratings7.058 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)00 Ratings6.046 Ratings
User templates00 Ratings6.82 Ratings
Call reports00 Ratings9.078 Ratings
Directory of employee names00 Ratings10.078 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
-
Ratings
NetFortris
7.4
94 Ratings
11% below category average
Answering rules00 Ratings7.089 Ratings
Call recording00 Ratings7.067 Ratings
Call park00 Ratings6.073 Ratings
Call screening00 Ratings8.067 Ratings
Message alerts00 Ratings9.078 Ratings
Mobile apps
Comparison of Mobile apps features of Product A and Product B
Amazon Chime
-
Ratings
NetFortris
9.0
55 Ratings
11% above category average
Mobile app for iOS00 Ratings9.046 Ratings
Mobile app for Android00 Ratings9.033 Ratings
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User Ratings
Amazon ChimeNetFortris
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(27 ratings)
7.0
(108 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(16 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(8 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(9 ratings)
9.1
(7 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.2
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.8
(4 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.7
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Amazon ChimeNetFortris
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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NetFortris
For Insurance agencies, small practices, small call centers, anyone that need call forwarding or work with his number remotely while away from office. I can't list all the things I'm gaining as a Fonality customer. From the installation process, the configuration phase with the technicians, the account managers, every Fonality employee was professional and savvy. I was a contact center specialist for more than 10 years and I can tell you that I've never been this happy with a service! Never! Probably if you need a more complex solution and you have an enterprise level company having your own hardware gives you more control over your calls and how to manage them. But again, I think that Fonality can cover most scenarios without the need of a huge investment.
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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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NetFortris
  • From an administrator's perspective, Fonality makes administering the company's phone system easy. Configuration menus and setup options are logically structured and easy to understand.
  • Technical support has been very good. Early on in our deployment, we had some nagging voice quality issues which were network related. Fonality provided exceptional support even though it was not technically their issue. It is important to know ahead of time how well your vendors work with other vendors for integrated services like a VOIP telephone system. Fonality support demonstrated their patience and perseverance in helping us resolve our issues.
  • Although we don't use remote office capabilities much, the ability to set up phones on the system in remote locations has been a significant help to several of our departments.
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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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NetFortris
  • Bugginess - Some things just really need some tweaking. I had to get very creative with my call routing and hold music, because the in-queue announcements don't work right at all. For example, even set to 'play once' it would loop the 'you are the first caller' announcement over and over, and cause call drops. Or my caller-name ID, which shows the registered user's name on each line on outgoing calls, even though it's not set to such anywhere in the CP settings.
  • Support - I'll give them 50/50 on this. My experience with Verizon VCE was everyone playing hot potato with issues and saying it was the responsibility of another department, meaning several phone calls and lots of hold time. Fonality doesn't have that issue, I've never really been passed around or blown off. However, some of the 'offshore' CS reps are... wow. I spent about half a dozen emails back and forth with two of them, trying to figure out why queues I deleted from the CP randomly and consistently reappeared in the HUD. Most of those emails were spent trying to explain that no, my issue was NOT that I wanted to create those queues again in the CP.
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Likelihood to Renew
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
NetFortris
We've already made a deep investment in the system hardware. We wouldn't be interested in another system at this point! And by the look of my colleagues faces when they see the HUD, I don't think we'd want to switch to a system that would limit us or take away any of these features! We may look at putting the server in the cloud, should internet outages prove to be such a common issue that it is preventing our other locations from functioning smoothly
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Usability
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
NetFortris
Overall excellent usability, with a few adjustments I feel this is the absolute best VoIP system out there. Just a clarification on the licences and limit the interface to reflect what licence we have. There should be a back or redunancy feature to Fonality Server, If there was a mistake we should be able to resort back to a usable state asap. Before implementing changes to the server, there should be a trial or sample of the changes to make sure it behaves as intended before effecting customer experience. It would be nice to have a demo version of Fonality interface so possible clients can truly evauluate the system. Because of the quality, it would have made it easier to convince the owners to make the transition sooner
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Reliability and Availability
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
NetFortris
Fonality has been available to us 99% of the time. There have rarely been any lengthy outages. If any issues do occur, their support staff is available around the clock to help. This is important, since communication is a big part in our company and availability of the phone system is important in maintaining this reliability
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Performance
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
NetFortris
Fonality's performance is excellent. The phones work flawlessly and the calls are clear. It is a well put-together system that does not need daily support. It is not complex from a user standpoint, as most of our staff are quick to learn how to use the phones. More systems should strive to work as well as Fonality's
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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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NetFortris
Because of their customer support and their attention for details in our problems that we face during our initial stage. We simply love fonality just for the way we are treated when we reach them with our fonality issues - they take it seriously and resolve it as early as possible and the most important part is we dont need to keep on insisting them to do so.
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In-Person Training
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
NetFortris
Training was provided by the in-house IT administrator. Fonality was able to provide support to the admin, who then assisted the users. It went smoothly and all the details and functions of the system were made available to the office staff. Any questions were answered promptly and if any issues did arise, Fonality was available to answer them
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Online Training
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
NetFortris
Training was excellent, but most of what they had was webinars and not real world situation for our company's need. It would be better to have them remote in my local computer and test my system using inbound / outbound calls. This would have made it easier to learn and more relevant
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Implementation Rating
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
NetFortris
Everything from the installation to the implementation has been great with Fonality, there is a lot of freedom to how the system will operate but the freedom comes at a cost of more technical experience to make sure it is configured correctly. The staff is very helpful can will make sure that the system is setup correctly and work perfectly.
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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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NetFortris
I have not used any other VoIP system that I have been paying for. I hope that Fonality proves itself enough to where I will not have to switch. So far, for the price and the functionality, this is my recommendation for small businesses. I might recommend going with a more high end phone to increase functionality, but other than that, the system is one I would definitely recommend.
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Scalability
Amazon AWS
No answers on this topic
NetFortris
It is easy to scale this system, as long as you have the proper technical staff available to support it. Adding users and phones is straightforward. The main work involves having the physical network in place and configuring the networking equipment. Overall, it is not that difficult as long as all of this is in place.
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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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NetFortris
  • We are still new to Fonality, but having the flexability has proven quite successful thus far.
  • The management of incoming calls and voicemail messages has really helped us to be able to follow up with potential clients.
  • The service at Fonality helped our new business take a leap into 2017, and we expect much growth with the continued use of Fonality.
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ScreenShots

NetFortris Screenshots

Screenshot of Fonality's Heads Up Display (HUD) Web dashboard is home base for connecting with colleagues and customers.Screenshot of Chatting is easy in HUD as they are easily launched by hovering over a fellow user's avatar. Chats are also available within Groups and Conferences.Screenshot of Managers with Fonality's Advance Call Center license can Barge, Monitor, or Whisper with one click. Useful for training, customer insights, and quality assurance. Real-time call queue information is shown in the Dock area to the right.Screenshot of Every Fonality system comes with voicemail boxes for all users, but with optional Voicemail Transcription you'll never have to listen to a voicemail again. Transcribed voicemails are delivered in HUD and via email.