For entry level, it is $16/month but the advanced features like that of 8x8 cost nearly double ($38) what 8x8 is charging. With T offerring such a service will bring awareness to cloud UCaaS to more individuals which is positive and 8x8 will be extremely price competitive. Add to that the hand holding as described in yesterday's press release for a company rolling out several hundred phone, this is a big positive IMHO.
AT&T and Verizon for that matter suck. they are so slow and confused it is rediculous. RingCentral is there small small business and residential play. Please, if any of you knew exactly what these guy really offer you would laugh. Verizon has a similar hosted pltform for the small business. And they are still not doing well.
EGHT has the feature rich platform , can scale, and can move more quickly than the two big bohemith giants. Customers are looking for companies that can react faster than these legacy boozoos. EGHT is in a great position.
Right -- yes I commented on this yesterday under one of nanoware3's posts...
As I said then, I believe that this is a serious issue for EGHT -- but it was only a matter of time before one of the big 3 got really into the same space as EGHT. It is especially troubling at a time that 8x8 is going up market into larger accounts. These accounts will undoubtedly do their own due diligence and will find the Ring Central product. While Virtual Office and VOP may be more cost effective and better products, it will be hard for a communications manager or IT manager to turn away from big T. Also, Ring Central boasts "hundreds of thousands of customers" already. Not good news. This is precisely why I was hoping that 8x8 would have gone for more aggressive growth. They are squandering their first mover advantage...
Been long 8x8 for many, many years and also have been a user. Not sure if it makes sense to continue...
Go to the Polycom website. T is partnering with Polycom to roll out cloud based uc video worldwide. It was my understanding that all things Polycom cloud video were 8x8 related. If I am wrong here please let me know.
April 14, 2011
IP based video conferencing technology is not new to either Polycom Corp.--long known for its high-end telepresence systems--or 8x8 Inc.--most familiar to the SMB marketplace as a provider of hosted IP PBX services, but also a holder of significant video-related patents and a provider of a variety of video services for years.
Now, the two companies are pooling their expertise to create an affordable and accessible video conferencing service, Virtual Room, aimed at small and medium-size businesses. It will be offered as an extension of 8x8's Virtual Office Pro UC suite.
Virtual Room will be powered by Polycom's UC Intelligent Core using Polycom endpoints or 8x8's web client interface; it will be delivered via 8x8's hosted PBX technology.
"It's an integration between Polycom video endpoints and the 8x8 UC technology and our hosted PBX offering--an amalgam of those three elements," Huw Reese, 8x8's vice president of sales and marketing told Enterprise VoIPplanet.