As a seasoned start-up founder and operations specialist, I would strongly advise to steer clear of this company. Classic case of a company that harnesses the ability to sell in products and services without the support to back up claims. I would give zero stars for support if that was an option.
Some of the worst customer service…
Some of the worst customer service I’ve experienced – honestly have never been treated so inhumanely. The staff clearly doesn’t get treated well by the upper management. Customer service could care less about you and your business – this kind of thing almost always trickles down from the top. They have drastically sacrificed quality of service and customer support in exchange for short term growth. Hold times avg over 30 minutes only to send you to wrong person over and over again. The only time you will get a person sounding like they care is if you are making payment to a billing rep – then once you pay you’re back to being another account number.
Not to mention they are very aggressive with their sales promises. We were contemplating 8×8 with Nextiva for the same services with very minor differences, 8×8 offered to beat the pricing, but I guess we got what we paid for. Lesson learned.
Anyone who actually goes and price shops, don’t let a few extra dollars in savings cloud your judgment.
Be prepared for unexpected…
Be prepared for unexpected and large fluctuations in your monthly billing and to be told you received an email that never arrived informing you of the pending increase. A staffer tried to tell me that my bill had not increased rather the underlying discounts had “simply gone away”. As a small business owner, I certainly notice a 58% plus increase in my expenses. When I attempt to cancel my service, I am read a litany of small print buried deep within their Service Agreement that was never highlighted to me – my fault for not reading every sentence but I can say this is the only vendor in 15 years in any industry to ever pull this crap with me. Cancellation Manager was arrogant and condescending. Buyer beware!
After being an 8×8 customer for more…
After being an 8×8 customer for more than 5 years, and experiencing several little annoying things, this last incident has really gotten under my skin to the point I am for the first time in my life writing a bad review for any merchant. A few days ago we had a little billing issue. So I went to my portal to fix it and get the bill paid. But they system was not working. I kept getting “Back-end Problem: Decline (0,100) P8_SS_BILLING_API.payBillingDues.OnExecute Name:onRequest PCPC:9904 Statement:138” error messages. Now after 3 attempts to pay, the billing system automatically suspends my service. So, understanding this was my fault to begin with, I call support. It’s 7am my time East Cost US. The polite support person tells me, that he can not do anything to fix this, and that it is only the billing department who can. Well, may I speak to them please? Oh, no, they don’t come in till 7:30 am Pacific time. So I ask, well can you see that i am a long time customer, and that i attempted to pay. Can you at least re-activate my service till they come in? No way.
So, I wait, and call. They proceed to tell me that they can’t process the billing manually, so they escalate it to their enterprise services. Enterprise services doe finally process the billing amount, not before my bank puts a hold on my card because their system attempted the charge 3 additional times in a row just before. So having to deal with that, then clearing up the bill, finally my service is back up. So for over 10 hours of a work week, customers heard that our service was disconnected. But ok my fault, let’s move on.
Today (3 days later), after being on a long trip, I get a call from an investor. “Hey what’s up with you guys?…”, “… your phones are disconnected…”. What? Embarrassed and confused I look at my portal and sure enough. All my numbers are again suspended, even though 8×8 had collected the funds last week. I can’t tell you how much this damaged us. So apparently their system suspended services over the weekend and I was just not aware of it. So now more than 3 days of the recording that the numbers are disconnected. Wasted marketing efforts and massive harm to our image.
So I call their support, and ask to speak to a manager or supervisor. They don’t have supervisors or managers at the 8×8 call centers, and no, they can’t fix it. I now have to wait another 16 hours for billing to come it so that they can fix this issue. Thanks 8×8! NOT
When we started with 8×8 years ago…
When we started with 8×8 years ago we loved their service. Since we have grown it has become unreliable and very cost prohibitive. Additionally, their service and follow up is non-existent when you have an issue.
8×8, Inc., (Nasdaq: EGHT), offers highly affordable voice, video, mobile and unified communications solutions for small to medium businesses, as well as largely distributed enterprises. Featured is their 8×8 Virtual Office small business phone solution, hosted by a PBX (Private Branch Exchange). Business services of 8×8 integrate advanced phone services, web conferencing, powerful online productivity tools, flexible service plans, and easy setup and use. All their technology is homegrown, cutting costs and improving overall services.
8×8, Inc. backs their products through a live technical support system, onsite assistance, and over 25 years in the industry. In 2010, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 ranked them as one of the fastest growing companies in North America. Infonetics Research has also named them one of the top five hosted VoIP providers for the fourth consecutive year.
Most Popular Plan:
8×8 Virtual Office – Unlimited Extension
The most popular plan from 8×8 is their Virtual Office – Unlimited Extension. Unlimited Extension provides for unlimited calling to the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, US Virgin Islands, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Find a better rate? 8×8 will match any competitor quote, and also offer volume discounts for multiple users.
Unlimited Extension Plan comes with the following features:
– Hosted PBX
– Auto Attendant
– Extension Dialing
– On-Hold Music
– Ring Groups
– Directory Assistance Listing
– Online Billing
– Online Admin Portal
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Included with each extension:
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– Direct Phone Number
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– Voicemail to Email
– Conference Bridge
– Caller ID, Call Waiting
– Caller ID Block
– Call Transfers
– Call Park
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– Online Dashboard
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– Group Intercom Paging,
– Do Not Disturb (DND)
– Stutter Tone Notification
– Local Time Display
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– iOS & Android App Integration
– Unlimited Fax
– Metered Fax
– Virtual Numbers,
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