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8×8 Inc.
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Jive Communications
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Provider Info
HeadquartersScottsdale, AZAtlanta, GABelmont, CASan Jose, CAOrem, UT
Year Founded20062000200319872006
Service AvailabilityUnited StatesUSA & CanadaWorldwideWorldwideUnited States, Canada
Types of Service OfferedBusiness Phone Service, Hosted PBX, SIP Trunking, Call CenterBusiness VoIP, Hosted PBX, Residential VoIP, SIP Trunking, Call Center Software, Web Conferencing, APIsBusiness VoIP, Hosted PBX, Web Conferencing, Team Collaboration, Unified Communication, Paperless FaxBusiness VoIP, Unified Communications, Hosted PBX, Virtual Call CenterBusiness VoIP, Hosted PBX, Cloud Communication
Popular Service PlanOffice Pro PlusUnlimited ExtensionsOffice PremiumVirtual Office ProHosted IP
Money Back GuaranteeCancel Anytime for a Full RefundCancel Anytime, No Fees.30 days free trial. Cancel anytime.30 DaysCancel Anytime, First Month Free
Free Trial30 DaysNot Offered30 DaysContact rep for more detailsFirst Month Free
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Hosted PBX Provider Services & Pricing Overview
Monthly Cost of Cheapest Service$19.95$19.9919.99$19.99$19.95
Amount of Lines Per Price Tier1-4 Lines: $34.95/mo/user
5-20 Lines: $29.95/mo/user
21-100+: $19.95/mo/user
New customer promo - Unlimited Users $19.99/mo/extension1 Line: $34.99/mo/user
2-19 Lines: $24.99/mo/user
20-99 Lines: $21.99/mo/user
100+ Lines: $19.99/mo/user
No user minimum1-4 Lines: $29.95/mo/user
5-9 Lines: $25.95/mo/user
10-24 Lines: $23.95/mo/user
25-49 Lines: $21.95/mo/user
50+ Lines: $19.95/mo/user
Month to Month Option
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Metered PlansStarts as $8.95 100 Minutes$14.99/mo + $0.03/min
No
Yes, ask Sales Rep for current pricing
No
Customizable Plans
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Setup FeeFreeFreeFreeActivation fees may applyFree
Number Porting FeeFreeFreeFreeFreeFree
Mobile App
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Desktop App
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Works with 3rd party Softphones
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Toll Free Numbers
Yes
Number Provided Free (Incoming calls are $0.02/min)
Yes
$39.99/mo, No per minute charges
Yes
$5/mo (2500 Mins Included, Add
Yes
Yes
$1.75/mo (Incoming calls are $0.019/min)
Local Numbers
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
BYOD Option
Yes
Works with most IP Phones
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Hosted PBX Providers - Compare All Available Features
Advanced Call Forwarding
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Anonymous Call Rejection
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Auto Attendant
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Busy Lamp Field
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Business SMS
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Call Queuing
Yes
$14.95/mo/user
Yes
$14.99/mo plus $0.03/min
Yes
Yes
Yes
Call Me Now
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Call Notifications
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Call Parking
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Call Recording
Yes
$5.95/mo/user
Yes
$4.99/mo for 15 hours recording time
Yes
Yes
Yes
*Free to all new customers
Call Return
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Call Waiting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Caller ID
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Conference Calls
Yes
$19.95/mo/user
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Dial-by-name Directory
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Do Not Disturb
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E911
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Find Me/Follow Me
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Group Paging
Yes
Yes
$4.99/mo per group
Yes
Yes
Yes
Hunt Group
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IVR
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Mobile/Deskphone Sync
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
On-Hold Music
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Paperless Faxing
Yes
Starts at $4.95/mo/500 pages
Yes
$4.95/mo Unlimited Virtual Fax
Yes
Starts at $7.99/mo/500 Pages
Yes
Yes
Free V-Fax Only
Privacy Options
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Push To Talk
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Selective Call Acceptance
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Selective Call Rejection
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Shared Call Appearance
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Simultaneous Ring
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Switchboard Software for Live Receptionist
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Three-way Calling
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unlimited Extensions
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Video Conferencing
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Virtual Extensions
Yes
$4.95/mo/ext
Yes
$14.99/mo/ext
Yes
Yes
Yes
Voicemail Transcriptions
Yes
Yes
$4.99/mo/ext
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Network
Number of Server Locations8N/A19 in North America and 28 worldwide1510
Fully Redundant Network
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Service Level Agreement
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Uptime Guarantee
Yes
Varies
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
99.995%
Realtime System Status Monitoring
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Integration
Box
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Dropbox
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Google Apps
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
NetSuite
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
Office 365
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Oracle
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Outlook
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Quickbooks
No
No
No
No
No
SalesForce
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
SugarCRM
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
Zendesk
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Support
Hours
Yes
US & Global, Mon-Fri 5am-6pm, Sat-Sun 6am-6pm, MST
Yes
24/7
Yes
24/7
Yes
24/7
Yes
24/7
Email Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Instant Chat
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
FAQs Section
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Video Tutorials
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
E-Guides
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Online Ticket Submissions
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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What to Look for in a Hosted PBX Provider

When you rely on external services to host, manage and maintain your phone system, it’s important to ensure you choose a provider you can rely on. With promises of service guarantees and satisfaction rates in many hosted PBX solutions, it can be difficult to confide in one sole provider. However, when you focus on the objective points, it’s easy to see who provides the best service for your business.

Features

The features in your private branch exchange system determine the scope of what you can do with the system. When comparing providers, one of the easiest factors to locate and compare is the comprehensive feature lists found on the provider’s website.

There should be a breakdown of every feature offered on the different plans. This first step offers an easy introduction to the services and allows you to write off providers that don’t suit your price point and telephony needs.

Reliability and Network

The features included with your service won’t matter without a solid, reliable network. If the provider’s servers go down, your phones go down. The provider you choose must have a redundant and robust network with a high service level guarantee. Providers should guarantee over 97% uptime.

Find a provider that operates data centers in multiple locations. You need redundancy around the world but you also need an east coast and west coast data center in the U.S.

If one goes down, your calls can be rerouted to the backup without interruption. Enter a service level agreement to ensure the status and reliability of your service.

Customer Service

If your provider’s servers go down or you have any other issues with your service, you need consistent and accessible customer service. Certain providers will offer U.S. based customer service while others are based abroad. Some providers even offer 24/7 customer service, but may limit this to their higher paying customers.

Methods of contact can vary with phone calls, email, online tickets or even web chat. Take a look at our comparison of VoIP provider hold times to get an idea of who is the best to work with.

Flexibility

As one of the major benefits of adopting a hosted PBX, you would want a provider that is as flexible as the service can be.

With a hosted solution scaling up and down is very simple. A provider that allows this flexibility at little to no cost will be much easier to scale with. When it comes to expanding not only users but also features and overall service, you need a flexible service.

Some providers may charge fees extra for adding lines, removing lines, or turning features on and off.

Hidden Costs

No one wants to be ambushed with hidden costs or cancellation fees. Many providers will supply transparent price quotes. However, keep an eye out for any extra fees or charges you may not have expected.

Cancellation fees can also occur if you decide to interrupt your service before an agreed-upon date.

Benefits of a Hosted PBX Solution

Cost Savings

Initial setup, ongoing maintenance, and upgrade costs are high with a standard PBX. A hosted cloud PBX removes most of the extra fees associated with establishing and running your phone system on-premise.

Ease of Use and Setup

As the initial setup is handled by the service provider, there won’t be many headaches on your end to get your system running. Adding lines or changing features is as simple as logging into the online account management portal and ticking different boxes.

Local Presence

Hosted PBX providers have access to an unlimited amount of local numbers. Customers won’t have to dial out to a big, faceless cooperate 800 number.

Location Flexibility

With desktop softphone applications and even mobile phone applications, your workers can access your phone system from anywhere. You’re no longer tied down to just your desk phone, as you can also set one number to ring every device.

Scalability

Your system won’t be limited by what hardware you have on presence. You can scale your system either up or down at the flick of a switch to best fit your needs.

Credibility

When you use hosted PBX, your business projects your professional image with a robust fail-proof phone system. It will come packaged with features normally reserved for large enterprise systems, like an auto-attendant and call routing. These robust features can make even a small operation look like a substantial enterprise.

Setting Up Your Hosted PBX System

Prepare For a New Number

If you are porting over your existing number, don’t cancel with your existing provider until the number is completely ported to the new carrier. If you have a new number, be sure and let everyone know.

Send out an email blast, change it on your website, and make the change to any social media accounts you have. If you have a temporary number during the porting process, route calls to your cell phones for that brief time. Number porting can throw a wrench in your sales and customer service efforts so be sure you plan carefully.

If you cancel your service with your old carrier before your number is ported, you’ll lose it.

Configure Your Dial Plan

One of the first things you need to do is organize how your calls will be routed. You’ll have to define several call rules.

Make a plan for which hours your desk phones will ring. You’ll also need rules to handle simultaneous and sequential ringing. During off-hours, decide whether to send them to voicemail or to another phone. If you choose to send them to your cell, make sure it’s reliable.

If you get faxes, set something up for that.

There should be a set of features connected to pressing certain buttons. If you want to let callers press 1 for voice mail, that needs to be set up. If you want to set a dial-by-name directory, you have to set that up in advance.

Be sure to configure your E-911 settings when you first set up your hosted VoIP service.

Review Your Bill

Review the first and second month’s bill to make sure that you have all the services you paid for. There are setup fees that may or may not be waived, activation fees, and number porting fees.

If there’s something you don’t understand about your bill, be sure to call into customer support, as they will explain it to you or fix the problem.

Write a Review

If you’ve had an experience with a VoIP provider or hosted PBX service, share your feedback. Tell users about pleasant and unpleasant surprises. Other potential customers will want to know your experience.

Leave a review on our site and your feedback will help other businesses looking for their own PBX solution.

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