Eastern DataComm

ShoreTel VoIP Phone System

4 / 5 174 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Our experienced staff helps schools, libraries, businesses and organizations choose cost-effective, customized, cutting edge data networking and VoIP business phone system solutions.


Average Ratings

174 Reviews
  • 4 / 5
    Overall
  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    Not provided by vendor
  • Free Demo
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Mobile - Android Native
    Mobile - iOS Native
  • Training
    Documentation
    In Person
  • Support
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Eastern DataComm
  • EasternDatacomm.com
  • Founded 1988
  • United States

About ShoreTel VoIP Phone System

A Full Service Communications Firm With More Than 200 Years of Experience Our story begins in 1988 when we opened our doors for business in Hackensack, New Jersey. Our focus since then has been singular: to help you save money and improve productivity. Over the past 25 years, weve established ourselves as experts in the areas of data networking (LAN and WAN), VoIP business phone solutions, video conferencing, wireless networking, Wi-Fi solutions, networking security, and structured wiring.


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ShoreTel VoIP Phone System Features

  • Auto Dialer
  • Call Center Management
  • Call Monitoring
  • Contact Management
  • Inbound Reporting
  • IVR / Voice Recognition
  • Outbound Reporting
  • Predictive Dialer
  • Telemarketing Management
  • Voice & Data Integration
  • VoIP

ShoreTel VoIP Phone System Reviews Recently Reviewed!


Not Consistent Enoug

Jun 05, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I like have a click to call feature - that's really nice for those of us that spend a lot of time on the phone. It's nice to be able to group people into contacts for easy access.

Cons: Not consistent! Shuts down a lot, often hear things in the background, sometimes it will show me I missed a call but the call never rang.

Easy to Use Phone System and Cost Effective

Jun 04, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I found this product to have a user-friendly interface when managing the phones in our organization. What I liked the most about the product is the ease in knowing which phone blocks are available for use, as well as the number of phone numbers available in that specific block. Additionally (unlike Cisco Call Manager) it shows the full phone number. This is VERY useful if you are forced to have different call blocks with different prefixes. Not to mention, the call communicator for each user was AMAZING. We could easily make calls to other extensions (or outside numbers) from our desktop using the communicator. Also, if you wanted to call someone in your organization, it will indicate if the person is available (green) or on a call (red). Also great for our call center that had a call queue available.

Cons: Nothing that I could think of that I liked least about the product. I think this is a very user friendly interface and we had no complaints when using.

Tool for easy use and administration adaptable to the needs.

May 17, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: - In practice, students implement it without any difficulty.
- Does not require so much staff for maintenance.
- The tests carried out prove to be a robust tool.
- Redundancy is presented as a decisive factor in having communications problems.

Cons: - It presents high implementation costs.
- Only support is available from the company that distributes it.

Absolutely Great

May 14, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Our company uses Shortell and they are great. In all the years of using different providers they are hands down the best.

Cons: Some of the features are not rolled out to us. This is more of a corporate regulation but I¿d like to be able to use all the functionality

If you need something to soley dial a number and track information, then Shoretel may be for you!

May 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Shoretel is a very simple program, and gives you exactly what you need; integration with salesforce, easy dialing with a click, tracks the basics (length of a call, connects, outbound calls, inbound calls, and voicemails)

Cons: Shoretel crashed often (aka, once every two weeks) and the whole sales floor would have to stop calling, and sometimes it would miss calls.

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I use ShoreTel Connect as our company's main method of communication for outside candidates/clients.

May 07, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: ShoreTel Connect integrates seamlessly with our Salesforce databases, allowing me to quickly call candidates and clients by simply clicking the number on the screen. When making 100+ calls per day, this small quality of life assist is very welcome.

Cons: I have experienced some issues while attempting to use ShoreTel when not connected to our company's network. When connected via home/public Wi-Fi, there will be intermittent issues with maintaining a connection to ShoreTel.

Overall: ShoreTel allows me to connect quickly and efficiently with candidates and colleagues.

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Company Phone/IM Service

May 02, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: My company uses this software for our phone service and IM service. It is so nice to be able to instant message employees that are not in the same building.

Cons: No complaints here- I'm very happy with the functionality of this product. We will continue to use it in our company.

Easy to Use but Lacking A Feature

Apr 30, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I like this system for its ease of use. We didn't require extensive training. It was more of a pick up and go experience.

Cons: Wish there was a guide for the icons on the phone. We cannot find it on the website. Also, in a work group there should be a feature to send a call to voicemail instead of the only options being answer or let it ring to the next person.

They keep getting better with time

Apr 25, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The system allows me to transfer, call out, receive calls and manage incoming calls. I really does what it needs to for a call center.

Cons: There are times when the call quality is poor and calls drop. This has been happening less, but it still happens. The worst thing to say is "can you hear?"

Good system

Apr 24, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Once configured, the mitel system runs fine.

Pros: The mitel system is fairly simple to install It has a small foot print and has a very rich set of features.

Cons: The basic setup requires a good knowledge of phone systems. Simple tasks like setting a day and a night message are not simple click choices.

ShoreTel

Apr 23, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Provides you with a great phone approx 8 lines Easy to use menu, with options to use the directory, transfers, voicemails

Cons: Does not provide headset, the app can use an update, the phones are old and bulky takes up too much space on your desk

Easy to use phone management system

Apr 20, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Phone software that allows us to integrate calls into our email and has been easy to use for even our least tech-savvy employees.

Cons: Updates time-to-time has been problematic, but I feel that maybe more due to our tech side vs software issues. If your system isn't set up in a conventional manner it could potentially cause headaches

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Very good phone for office use

Apr 19, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to make a call using computer keyboard and never to reach out the phone itself. Also good to track all voice mail and phone history.

Cons: Many functions are hidden on the phone and you will need to learn how to use them using manual. Buying phone accessories like headset is not directly from ShoreTel but their third party dealer.

Does what it should - nothing fancy

Apr 16, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Shoretel works well for making calls quickly. Also works well for finding internal team members quickly. User interface is easy to navigate.

Cons: Seems like it is missing some features that would be nice to have. If you just need a standard call system then this works great.

ShoreTel is a great product

Apr 05, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love the ease of using ShoreTel from my computer screen. It makes it much easier to call other employees when I need help with something

Cons: There is nothing a I do not like about ShoreTel. It is very easy to use and I have not had any problems with it.

Overall: Ease of use and ability to contact employees without picking up my phone!

Just awful. We have been on the connect platform for 2 1/2 years.

Apr 04, 2018
2/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: There doesn't seem to be any problem with their billing service as they always make sure they get paid on time. Besides that it is really difficult to find anything this system does well.

Cons: The up time as they like to measure it is closer to 75% not the 99% they advertise. What does it matter if your system is working from 9pm-7am when most businesses are not operating. Call recording is always a mystery if it will actually record the call or not. We needed a specific function of the phones to operate our business. We made this perfectly clear from the first business meeting to the last. When we began setup they told us that the system did not have that feature. They eventually created a work around, but our contract is up this fall and cannot wait to get off of this system.

Great Functionality

Apr 01, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like the ability to download voicemail files
Visual voice
History and address book
Recodrs all data analytics accurate

Cons: Sometimes it is not stable enough
Support / maintenance is a bit expensive
Unable to play voice messages from cloud

Good phone system

Mar 29, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The biggest pro for us was it's simple. Easy to use. Rolled it out to the floor in just a week and only a single training. We loved it's usability.

Cons: No issues in general. It really delivers asa promised. Little glitches here and there but nothing substantial.

Great for call center environments

Mar 20, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The admin interface is easy to use. Assigning new users to phones is a simple and pain-free process.

Cons: It is suited more towards a call center environment than a regular business. The desktop client has problems staying connected, often needing reboots.

Functional

Mar 19, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The ability to track my calls, both incoming and outgoing as well as manage my voice messages digitally.

Cons: Interface could be improved. It would also be nice to have more export options - both in information available and file types.

Phone system for the enterprise

Mar 15, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Easy to use, create own accounts and have own business phone numbers. Was able to get up and running quickly while switching desks too.

Cons: Call quality is okay when compared to cell phone HD calls. Compatibility with various headsets. Call history is missing information sometimes.

Easy to use when you have the application, easy to manage calls and connect calls. Call history ect

Mar 14, 2018
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The application organizes call history and lets you see how many calls are pending how long you have been on the call and connect the call. Visual voicemail is a plus.

Cons: If the application goes down unless properly trained it is cumbersome to use the handset as its hard to pull up call history and extensions.

Overall: Organization, stats, easy to use in a one touch.

It gets the job done

Mar 13, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The admin interface is much more simple than something like Cisco. Making small changes is much easier than a lot of the competition.

Cons: Some of the wording in the admin console is confusing and difficult to interpret. The documentation for it isnt the greatest either.

ShoreTel is great

Mar 12, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: ShoreTel is very convenient and easy to use. We use ShoreTel every day for work and we have a very high call volume - this program works really well and is very easy to use.

This is easy to use, keeps record/history of phone calls and able to transfer dial as well.

Mar 08, 2018
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Pros: You are able to check call history, check your length of calls, run reports, check statistics, works well with the phone itself and virtual system (application) on the computer.

Visual of who left voicemails and caller id.

Cons: Cons, If the virtual system to log in off ect. goes down it is cumbersome to use the phone to log in and out and check history.

Overall: You are able to go back and check your call history and check voicemail and see who it is versus calling and not knowing.

Was great initially, now not so much so

Feb 27, 2018
2/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: When we first switched to Shoretel several years ago the features and functionality were mostly in line with what was out there. The user training was decent, cutting over to the new system was super simple, and everything like porting DIDs and getting the equipment installed was really easy. Unfortunately Shoretel basically hit a wall and never progressed any further.

Cons: We were promised a number of integrations and new functionality and it just never happened.

Great Phone System!!

Feb 08, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This is a fantastic phone system for large or medium enterprise, very high quality and nice phones Good messaging system

Cons: Annual support can be expensive for the phone system Tons of add-ons, not an all-in-one price and you get everything, very fragmented in what you have to buy to make it a fully functioning system

Connects to Everything!

Feb 01, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I love the fact the Shoretel will connect to just about everything. It goes through anything connected through a Microsoft product and can get all contact information you need to import.

Cons: It takes quite a bit of searching and setup to get into your Office products and personal cell phones to grab contacts to import. It also is not the easiest to utilize for user freindlyness when it comes to changing setting ie, call forwarding and away. Also doesn't send Caller ID information when forwarding calls.

Overall: Pretty easy initial setup - but can get quite technical and difficult the further you dive in to do substantial changes to how it connects to other programs and phones.

Really great phone system

Jan 23, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: This is a great phone system and is well-priced. We've had this system in place for about 5 years and it's done well - it handles both VOIP and analog systems.

Cons: Costly annual maintenance (if you want to do it) and tons of add-ons, you can't just buy the entire system which does a bunch of stuff; you need to have add-on after add-on and it ends up costing a lot if you do.

Quality phone system with lots of features

Jan 18, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This phone system is capable of doing lots of different things, so there's a learning curve but overall it's pretty easy and does it's job well.

Cons: To be honest it's just a phone system that does what it's supposed to do, so I can't say I dislike anything.

Overall: Easy to use phone system.

ShoreTel VOIP was more than just a phone system.

Jan 13, 2018
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: ShoreTel VOIP phones are (were) easy to use at time of usage. Their application allowed each user online access to their own account - allowing customization, access to their personal faxes, and housing messages.

Cons: The phone equipment didn't appear as sophisticated as other brands like Mitel. Although overall, I think their ease of use made up for it.

I am one of the users of ShoreTel phone systems and I like the ease of use.

Jan 10, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: How your voice mails show up on your Outlook with your emails. How you can instant message colleagues and how you can call people through your computer.

Overall: Ease of use with voicemail and phone system.

Easy transition from onsite version we were previously using

Jan 09, 2018
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Phones work well and are the same as the model we were using onsite. Features and functions work the same as we were already familiar with before

Cons: Not enough access to some system features in ST portal - must call TAC for many issues we should have access to on our own. TAC queue times are running way too long.

Overall: Lower cost of ownership that the onsite version.

I love all of the different variables that comes with using ShoreTel Communicator

Jan 09, 2018
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The combination of PC and Phone is just awesome along with the different variables and easy to use features is a definite plus.

Cons: It would be nice to have this software for home use as well, but I believe its for business purposes only.

Overall: That is awesome and I would love to have it for home use.

Telephone software that cost way more than it was worth.

Jan 09, 2018
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This was quite an upgrade from our previous telephone software, so many of the features are an upgrade from what we had before. The software that each employee uses on a daily basis for their individual phones is helpful. It gives you minimal information, but is helpful in connection with each user and desk phone.

Cons: As an administrator I do not feel like the software is user friendly. Half of the symbols that represent functions on the phone system, don't even make sense to me. I end up going through each and every "main menu" item to get to every sub menu item searching for what I need. The purchase of this type of phone system (and the subsequent software) would have been optimal maybe 3-5 years ago, but doesn't function exactly as was told to us by the sales team. We were quite interested in the instant message and conference features available on the software, only to find out that the instant message feature is separate and requires its own dedicated server and separate installation. The tele-conference features were out of date and are much better met with a software like GoTo Meeting.

Overall: This software was an upgrade to our previous system, so the functionality of being able to perform changes /additions/deletions on line through a browser was very helpful.

No complaints, this is a good phone.

Dec 20, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like that the software is so simple and helpful. Shoretel really does make my job easier when I need to make a call.

Cons: The maximum volume level isn't as loud as I'd like, which makes it harder for old folks like me to hear things.

Overall: This phone has not damaged my hearing in any way, shape, or form.

Easy as a home phone, but with more options

Dec 18, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use like a landline, but with way more features that connect to your computer. My favorite, is that you can listen and sort through voicemails on your computer.

Cons: They have less system integrations than other companies on the market, but overall a great system nonetheless

Very easy phone system for the users

Dec 14, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like you can dial someone just with their extension number. Also you can see the email for the user when you type in their name with their phone number.

Cons: There arent many wireless/ bluetooth options with it. Also the mobile app can be improved little more.

Shoretel is great! I love the software side that connects to my computer.

Dec 14, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Shoretel software connects to my computer and all contacts are able to be saved, searched, and dialed right from my screen.

Overall: Quick and easy access to contacts and calls.The features are nice and I have not had any problems with it so far.

Shoretel is a fantastic and easy to use phone service.

Dec 14, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I like the functionality the most. Many features that are very intuitive make Shoretel easy to use..

Cons: Honestly there isn't much for me to complain about. I've never had an issue so have never dealt with customer service. I suppose a mute button would be nice for when I don't want to answer a call, but don't want to send it immediately to VM either, so I don't have to listen to incessant ringing. Ha!

Overall: Easy to use phone service that exceeds expectations.

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I use shoretel alot and overall it works pretty well

Dec 06, 2017
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: There are a lot of great features for conferencing phone calls and have a simple to use call tree. Love the customization.

Cons: There are quite a few glitches that I experience. For example, I will go to put a call on hold and it will display an error. Eventually I can put the call on hold, but it can get frustrating if I have a customer waiting.

Very easy to use

Nov 30, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I like that my calls are right on my desktop to view. I also really enjoy that I get a wav. file to my email to listen to voicemails out of office.

Cons: I can't find too much negative with Shoretel. Sometimes it goes down, but is repaired quickly.

Very basic phone service

Nov 27, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Good for its price, just like all other systems it definitely also glitches and cuts out.

Pros: It does it's job, you can make calls and I do appreciate the integration with Salesforce. Compared to other systems this is one of the few systems that logs incoming calls which is really helpful.

Cons: Its a bare bone phone operating system. The interface could be a lot more sleek and they can somehow streamline the steps it takes to find a call and download the call you need. The system is always crashing, not very useful when you're in sales.

Our experience here has been very good. Such an upgrade from our last one!

Nov 16, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: The thing I like most about the software is how user friendly it is. Maybe its because what we had previously was so bad and old but this is a light and day difference!

Cons: I would say the thing I probably least like about the software is maybe the price. Its not the most expensive option out there but it isn't the cheapest. But overall we are very pleased

From the perspective of a Call Center Quality Assurance Specialist.

Nov 14, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: If you are a business who is not concerned about Quality Assurance for their call center, or if cost is an immediate issue, then this is a great, affordable option for you with some awesome features (silent monitor, silent coaching, call barging) that some other business VOIP systems don't allow/offer (note: costs may be an issue right away, but it can be more costly to have to switch your businesses entire VOIP system later). If you're concerned about the quality of your customer service or sales reps for your call center, or plan to grow big enough to have the need for a Quality Assurance department, it would be wise to look into other options that will streamline that department and work in tandem with your customer service/sales telephony system.

Pros: This product has a lot of great features that make it worthwhile to businesses: - the lowest price on the market (they guarantee the lowest price for their service) - option to "barge" calls (3-way the call without being transferred in) - option to silent monitor reps (monitor the reps with your phone on mute) - option to silent coach reps (talk to or coach your reps without the customer hearing) - see who is not on the phone, on a call, or has their phone set to do not disturb/busy/etc.

Cons: Mono recordings for calls; this is especially limiting for my job function (Call Center Quality Assurance), as to transcribe conversations you need dual stereo recordings to be able to differentiate your customer service rep from the consumer/customer. It is also such an old platform that it's difficult to find any 3rd Party Quality Assurance programs that are compatible with daily monitoring of our businesses customer service/sales reps.

I utilize ShoreTel Connect Cloud to manage my desk phone and voicemail.

Nov 07, 2017
3/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The ability to set states (in a meeting, vacation, available, etc) is the primary perk. I also like the ability to download voicemail files for record-keeping or forwarding to other ShoreTel users in my office.

Cons: The functionality of certain features is unstable. Call forwarding works with hit or miss accuracy. I've had issues with calls being forwarded, but are unanswerable once the other line rings. Additionally, the ease of use for many of the phone options are clunky. My phone has the color display, yet I have to use the numeric keypad to select features on and off like older legacy style phones. I'm also frustrated I get notified of voicemails in Outlook when off my network, but I'm unable to play the file from the cloud.

Overall: Very few. It's biggest benefit to me is the "in a meeting" function so my ringer doesn't sound when I don't want it to. Otherwise, its lack of (working) functionality is frustrating to me and my staff. When we rely on ShoreTel, we're often let down. I would not recommend it, I'd prefer to use Avaya's cloud offering.

We use ShoreTel to improve employee performance on calls by allowing us to download recordings of calls for review

Nov 07, 2017
1/5
Overall
1 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: There was not very much configuration necessary on the part of the end user. When I place a call from my phone, it records and logs it.

Cons: It takes a very long time for a call to be recognized and downloadable, meaning you might have to wait several hours to be able to download the call you just had. There was a period of time a few months ago that the call downloading simply stopped working. There was no fix that anyone at our organization was aware of. Then it randomly started working again with no indication of what the original problem was.

Makes a sales person¿s life easier

Nov 01, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Comments: Overall I think this is a really useful system especially when you¿re in a role where you have to make a lot of dials.

Pros: Some days I have to make up to 80 dials and having Shoretel really saves me a ton of time with the click-to-dial feature.

Cons: There have been a couple of times where I¿ve had to restart my computer intirely because my calls weren¿t being recorded.

good phone software

Nov 01, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: visual voicemail, call queues, history, address book, I can copy and paste phone numbers from the web, easy to use

Cons: I use the softphone feature of this on VPN which can occasionally cause problems. Everytime I restart my vpn I have to restart the software, sometimes multiple times to get it to connect to the server

Good, easy, simple

Oct 10, 2017
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: I loved that the end user system software worked so well. It was easy to use and allowed end users to manage their phone options (forwarding to VM/other line, softphone, etc.).

Cons: It ended up being too expensive for us to maintain and we had to move to another phone and software provider.

ShoreTel Customer Review

Oct 05, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
2 / 5
Customer Support
2 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Overall ShoreTel has been a great product.

Pros: ShoreTel provides easy access and controls Call quality and clarity has been great Quite a few advanced functions

Cons: Some of the advanced admin features can be hard to find Compatibility with some wireless headsets Additional modes from the main screen

ShorTel, the product that does what it's supposed to.

Oct 05, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: What I enjoy the most about this product is that is very user friendly. The interface is easy to maneuver around.

Cons: Not sure if this is my work laptop itself but it takes a long time for it to load when I boot my computer.

Shoretell

Oct 04, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
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Pros: It actively records all data analytic accurately for my weekly metrics. I am able to go back and see all details of the calls.

Cons: It sometimes takes a few minutes for the data to show up on the web page. It is normally fixed and shown very quickly though.

Makes Remote Work Easy

Sep 19, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Easy to use VOIP software, makes working remotely simple. Seamless integration with a headset/microphone combo.

Cons: Interface is a little outdated looking and could use a UI facelift. Occasional issues with sound when using over VPN.

Great theoretical functionality that tends to not live up to the hype

Sep 12, 2017
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like that it integrates with Salesforce and the click to dial functionality is awesome. It allows for easy dialing without the worry of mis-clicking the wrong number. I also like that it ties a call to a contact and case and allows you to easily take notes while you're on the phone.

Cons: The biggest problem with this software is that it's very unreliable. Call notes regularly get lost. Calls won't attach to cases and the notes will get deleted. I also don't like that there is no way to handle extensions.

Shoretel is the phone line we use here at Gold's Gym Prue Road, Very easy to use.

Sep 07, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Its very easy to use, very user friendly. Able to connect multiple lines with this software. Very convenient to make my calls throughout the day.

Overall: The benefits are allowing to do my job in the best way possible.

I use a shoretel phone at work everyday and I love the modern new look and how simple it is to use.

Sep 07, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
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Pros: The display shows all the lines in your business, very simple to use when transferring a call. I likle how there is a directory that shows a list of numbers for other gyms.

Cons: The only thing i dont like about it is that sometimes when you are on a call another one will enter from the same line.

Overall: The newer technology and how up to date the information can be when a new person is working we can switch the name of the lines. And I dont have to memorize extension numbers I just click the name and it dials out.

Multifunction Multipurpose Calling Machine

Aug 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to use interface, call routing, integration with outlook, easier software that helps you export your call list. It is stable, reliable, and gets the job done.

I use Shoretel to make all of my inbound and outbound calls. This is helpful to track my efforts

Aug 08, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: -easy to type in numbers to make calls (or paste in numbers)
-easy reporting to see how many calls were made
-FWD calls to cell phone is very handy when working remotely

Cons: -calls do not always FWD to cell (could this be a VPN issue? possibly)
-voicemail sometimes plays on computer or calls cell (Inconsistent)

Overall: -easy to make calls to clients

Very simple platform with minimal issues

Aug 08, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support

Pros: Connect client works great. Easy to setup, allows you to use a DiD without a hardware phone. Use it to transfer to cell phone.

Cons: Downtime is sometimes excessive. recently had a several hour complete down system, which was a problem during an install.

Constant problems, inconsistent reporting, terrible support

Aug 04, 2017
2/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
1 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: This is about Shoretel's new "Connect" system. We were on Shoretel Sky, and had no issues at all. We were told Shoretel Connect had better reporting and integration with our CRM. The switch from Sky to Connect was a nightmare and filled with issues. Four months after the transition and we still have issues pop up every week. As far as support, prior to 2016 Shoretel had one of the best support departments we had the pleasure of interacting with. Sometime during 2016, however, the hold times started getting longer and longer, and the support reps newer. The current hold time, we are experiencing, averages about 45 minutes.. just to get someone on the phone.

Pros: Pros: * It is fully cloud based * Ability to rent equipment so no excess inventory is required * they try... but fail

Cons: Cons: * inconsistent reporting/call history * long hold time for support and if the issue is complicated, it takes several days to get resolved * the datacenter / database backend is constantly breaking; causing issues logging in or getting the phone(s) to work at all * the mobility app (application on smartphone) is antiquated and constantly dropping * Price is extremely high compared to the poor quality of service received

Easy to use

Jul 13, 2017
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Shoretel phone system is super easy to use with a lot of great features. The stored directory is something new to our company and has helped greatly.

Cons: It can be overwhelming to learn and somewhat confusing at first. The manual's are very helpful in this area.

5 years of use

Feb 24, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Great features and great support options out there. Reliable and even if the internet is down it reverts back to analog lines so there is no interruption of service.

Cons: Obviously dependent on reliable internet. For a while our internet here was up and down constantly and it made our VoIP experience very poor. Hard to maintain in-house so we pay a certified dealer to handle our support.

Overall: It's been 5 years since our company switched from an old PBX to VoIP and there were some difficult times during the transition, but overall it was the right decision. So many more features and it really connected our two locations and facilitated better communication.

Recommendations to other buyers: Find a reputable provider

Shoretel Connect

Feb 06, 2017
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: Shoretel is an easy to use phone system The reporting is easy and straight forward.

Pros: I like to use the Contact Center to watch live data, and then I also enjoy creating my own reports within Shoretel.

Cons: Lots of information to learn before the program is useful.

Recommendations to other buyers: Read Shoretel manual when trying to create new reports to show the data you need.

Meets the Expectation

Nov 28, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: In our experience with ShoreTel sky, it "works" but it's not something life changing.

Pros: Click to dial is great, and transcribed voicemails are great.

Cons: Sometimes the call duration doesn't log, or the call record gets wiped out. The 200 limit for voicemails is a little annoying.

Shoretel Sky - Just 'OK'

Nov 28, 2016
3/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: I've been using this product for approximately 3 years now. It's relatively user friendly, but isn't 100% reliable which is why I scored it low. I find that more often than not, my calls are not logged, which is a bummer. When it's working correctly, its great!

Pros: relative ease of use

Cons: call dropping missing calls dial out not working properly

Easy to use

Nov 24, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Comments: I think this product is very easy to use and saves me a lot of time in my day to day work. There is some bugginess with call notes getting erased occasionally but I think that overall it is a great program.

Pros: Easy to use and allows you to take notes directly in Salesforce.

Cons: Somewhat finicky. Deletes notes and doesn't assign calls correctly occasionally.

Works but encounters a lot of problems with Salesforce integration

Nov 17, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Comments: I like the click to dial abilities and the auto call logging is nice when it works but it seems to have a lot of bugs. Many times it will delete call notes and lose calls. Seems very inconsistent.

Pros: I love the fact that everything is integrated into salesforce. It makes logging calls, dialing stored numbers, and taking call notes a breeze.

Cons: The general inconsistency and unreliability are a big factor. It's frustrating to have to retype a few paragraphs of notes when they are deletestill for no apparent reason.

Shoretel call center program

Oct 27, 2016
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: This product does have all the functions required for what our call center does, it's just a matter of adjusting to the way you organize the reports, on the plus side the system has a caching feature which our previous call center did not have, its basically a very good functional program that's a little complex to understand but once you do you can exploit it to the fullest.

Pros: Tha coaching feature is very helpful, also the recording feature is a very valuable tool for dealing with forgetful clients.

Cons: it's a little complex to use, buy once you understand it, its great!

Recommendations to other buyers: this is a great tool to optimize your call center efficiency, and once you understand it, will help you make very detailed reports

Not there yet...

Oct 06, 2016
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
3 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: We are on the Cloud Connect and are having quite a few issues. In fact we've had over 25 tickets opened in just 2 months. They are plagued by outages and short staffed in support( although I heard they were hiring more engineers) Everyone Ive talked to with an on-prem system loves it , but the cloud version is a little soon

Pros: Reduced our monthly costs of AT&T! easy to administer

Cons: outages, tons of defects

Recommendations to other buyers: The choice is yours, Id just be careful with the Cloud Connect

Shoretel is a product that should be looked at

Sep 20, 2016
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: This product has been used by our student workers. The departments vary either for alumni donations or for admissions recruitment. It is easy to use .

Cons: There really is nothing. The cost can be too much at times. Other than that I think it is a good product.

Recommendations to other buyers: I think they should look at all call center options in order to evaluate the best most cost effective product for their business needs.

Contact center solution that is easy to use.

Sep 08, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: The product is very easy for supervisors or managers in your call center to use. You are able to manage several calls groups and CSR's easily by looking at one screen. Its very easy to add new agents using the contact center director. The agent toolbar is very easy to configure at the agents workstations as long as you know the IP address. You are able to easily move agents in and out of the contact center groups. The reports are easy to access, create, and modify to obtain the data that you need to analyze daily.

Cons: In order to do a required system upgrade the contact center had to be closed and we were a 24 hour call center at the time.

Recommendations to other buyers: I would recommend that you use this software if you are managing several call groups in a large call center. I would ask about capacity in regards to the amount of groups and agents you can add into this solution. I would also recommend that you ask questions about integrating this software with your current CRM solution. You also ask questions about the maintenance schedule and if any down time is required during this period.

Shoretel Sky

Jun 20, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: We switched from an 'On Premise' Shoretel system to Shoretel Sky. The primary reason for the switch was that the Sky platform allowed us to record our calls in the cloud. The call tracking data that is available allowed us to re-prioritize our staffing levels and take hold times down by 60 seconds during our peak call time of day.

Cons: We are at the mercy of their call center. When something at Shoretel goes down our call center goes down.

Recommendations to other buyers: Their support team was very helpful in creating our call queue and entire phone tree when we first signed on.

Simply The Best

May 25, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: ShoreTel's TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) is the lowest in the industry, and part of that reason is because so many ShoreTel features come right out of the box. With other phone systems, you have to buy a different package or have to pay individually for features to be used. Not with ShoreTel. Also, I like the fact that ShoreTel is just a phone company. All of their R&D budget goes into making their system better, not just supporting what part of their product line is making the most revenue.

Cons: There is nothing I do not like about ShoreTel. It is the best business phone system on the market, and I highly recommend it.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look at all the other major players in the marketplace, including cloud vendors (ShoreTel has a cloud service, too), and then look at ShoreTel. Might as well save the best for last.

ShoreTel Review

May 24, 2016
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The ShoreTel phone system is very Easy to use, set up, and build on

Cons: There are some things missing in the cloud product. Particularly some features that have to do with OUTBOUND CALL CENTER applications.

Recommendations to other buyers: ShoreTel is a great product for the SMB market and I highly reccommend it.

Years of customer satisfaction

May 23, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The customer service is best in class, dependability, innovation

Cons: I really can't think of anything to complain about.

Recommendations to other buyers: This is the top of the line choice for VOIP services.

Shore Tel Makes Remote Work Easy

Dec 01, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Comments: The Shore Tel Sky Cloud phone system is fantastic for someone who is a remote worker. I work in NJ while the office is in Houston, and I never miss a call! It's convenient, easy to use and helps me manage my call volume and messages. Their soft phone app is a great tool as well.

Pros: Ease of use, convenience and reliability.

Cons: I always harp about wanting transcribed voicemails, but that may actually be in the works, not sure!

Easy cloud solution with great features

Jun 15, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The features like find me follow me and voicemail to email. Also they have great, fast support.

Cons: The fees for setting up new profiles. They have added more over the years.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure you have the correct bandwidth. We found that with so many systems moving to the cloud, we required a fiber connection.

Shoretel truly makes the communication process easier

May 21, 2015
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: I rarely actually use my voicemail, but I understand that it's a necessary part of doing business with some. I appreciate that when I'm on the go, Shoretel's transcription allows me to still read voicemails, and the IM function is so necessary for intra-office communication. I love that I can access my voicemails via email and I never have to call in!

Cons: I think Shoretel could benefit from a few more user-friendly benefits like recording of chats. Once the window closes, it's gone. However, at its core, what it does best is the availability of voicemail across other platforms. That happens very well. Also, I think that the interface that allows you to switch between the functions (calls, IMs, etc.) could be a little better organized. I've had complaints from colleagues that have been unable to figure out how to add contacts. When they try to set it up, they end up accidentally calling people.

Recommendations to other buyers: Recognize that there will be growing pains on some of the useful features like IM.

Was very good.... at first....

May 18, 2015
3/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
2.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: This IP phone system was the only one that had a plethora of decent options at a price point that was palatable many years ago. The system worked fantastic with the earlier releases.

Cons: The current release cannot read our Outlook contacts thus making it very painful. The problem is that they still don't have a fix after 8 months!

Recommendations to other buyers: Seriously test out the desktop client and the integration it offers before buying. All other features seem to work great still and if it were not for the windows desktop software client not working I would still rate ShoreTel the highest.

ShoreTel Sky review from a medium sized business

Apr 02, 2015
4/5
Overall

Comments: I have deployed ShoreTel Sky to 15 of our branches and setup was simple and smooth the whole way. They assign you are project manager that helps you with everything from configuration to recording auto attendant greetings. There have been some hiccups with call quality but that is usually due to our network and not ShoreTel.

Pros: Easy setup, competitive pricing.

Cons: Call quality issues due network issues,

ShoreTel - easy to administer and rock solid

Mar 26, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: Support is outstanding - one of the top two suppliers I have for support.

Cons: IM functions are a little behind the times. Basic support for IM but nothing advanced, especially in the call center arena.

Recommendations to other buyers: Be sure to look at the administration of the systems and how easy or difficult it is to make changes/additions. I've done four other systems, AT&T, Nortel, Avaya, Mitel - none easier to get running and keep running than this one.

ShoreTel Implementation

Mar 26, 2015
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
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Pros: Easy to implement at a fair price. TOC was the deciding factor. The IP Phone System simplified our infrastructure foot print. Unified Communication was key. System management was very simple and scalable.

Cons: At the time of the purchase, the ShoreTel System was "Bleeding Edge". We took a chance based on cost cutting initiatives within our organization. It turned out to be the right decision.

Recommendations to other buyers: Compare product functionality, pricing, and integration. Ask for three references.

ShoreTel User for 8 Years Plus

Mar 18, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It's easy to manage, there's good API's and there is a limited number of hardware components. Many of the IP phone systems lack features that have long been in the older phone system, but ShoreTel has worked. Plus they've added their basic Workgroup Call Center software. While it is an extra license, it's easy to manage and has the functionality we need.

Cons: Some system instability and they don't seem to be adding features to their API's.

Recommendations to other buyers: Evaluate your use of Hunt Groups carefully. A lot of smaller companies have depended heavily on Hunt Groups, but ShoreTel's implementation in this area has a lot of limits despite being a central part of the system design for HA.

Implemented more than six years ago, very low cost of ownership

Mar 17, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
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Pros: It's easy to implement, administrate and maintain. It's a well-developed product and our vendor is organized, fast to respond and the technicians are highly trained.

Cons: Not allowing direct support might be a bit inconvenience. Plus, they did not develop video conferencing or audio conferencing devices. To make things worse, IP8000 is no longer available.

Recommendations to other buyers: ShorTel is one of the best VoIP solutions in the market.

18 months in and we still like it

Mar 12, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: Excellent support and call quality. There is virtually no difference between the old premise-based PBX and the hosted ShoreTel VoIP system.

Cons: Not being able to have more than one 'away' message is what I like the least. If you have people who travel a lot, this is a pain point.

Recommendations to other buyers: Do your due diligence. ShoreTel's system is pricey compared to lots of VoIP systems, but if you are on the phone with customers a lot, it's great to always sound good. It has great call clarity and no dropped calls, no bottom of the well sounds.

Best vendow and the product in the VoIP market

Mar 11, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: My experience with ShoreTel Sky has been fantastic so far. Their system and the phones are very easy to use. In fact, I have a couple of people who got extra phones for their homes where all they have to do is plug the regular network cable to the phone and they are able to make/receive calls. Using the software is a breeze. All the options are spaced out and even though you can do a LOT from the home screen, it doesn't seem crowded.

Cons: There is isn't any way to record more than one greeting. In our previous system, there was an option to record several greetings, so if you are out of office or busy in a meeting you would enable that greeting. Hopefully, in coming months, ShoreTel Sky will have this option as well.

Recommendations to other buyers: Test them out and you will not be disappointed. It will save tons of money as well.

Shoretel Sky - Game Changer

Mar 04, 2015
5/5
Overall

Comments: We switched nearly 3 years ago from a traditional, analog office phone system, and never looked back. It has been a great experience thus far. We did the install our self with 2nd hand Cisco phones. Rehashing the phones was a little involved but nothing we could not handle.

Pros: It's very easy to make changes to the phone system as staff changes. We have a high turn over in our sales dept and we can easily add account and change accounts as needed.

Cons: The monthly cost of shortel sky would be my biggest complaint. There are plenty other voip systems that cost less but I guess at the end of the day, you get what you pay for.

Simple effective system

Jan 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4.5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: The software is easy to use and is not cluttered up. Everything on one screen is easy on eyes.

Cons: I would like to see a list/details of the calls received.

Recommendations to other buyers: I have no particular recommendations for evaluating.

ShoreTel Review

Dec 11, 2014
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
3 / 5
Customer Support
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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Pros: The product and vendor is satisfactory, and it accomplishes what I need it to do. I do like that the display buttons on the phone unit are spaced out far enough where it is easy to clean and dust in-between them.

Cons: I can not say I have any consistently reoccurring issues. Occasionally I will have trouble with not being able to hear the customer, and every so often there will be an echo on my end.

Recommendations to other buyers: If you are implementing in a system with multiple users, simplicity goes a long way. In that respect, Shoretel is pretty intuitive to use, and the functions and features are not overly complicated to access and/or adjust.

ShoreTel Sky Review

Oct 30, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like that I am able to use the same functions and much more without touching the actual phone.

Cons: I am not able to disable the function of pressing enter to answer phone calls when not needed.

Recommendations to other buyers: There should be a short key enabling function. I would like to enable or disable certain key strokes while the product is in use.

ShoreTel Review

Oct 28, 2014
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I am pleased with the product and service offered by ShoreTel. I have no major complaints, and the system overall is fairly user-friendly. Also, I like the ease with which you can adjust and personalize your settings through the online website. The look of the phone units are also professional, which is a nice feature.

Cons: Like I said, I have no major complaints about the system; however, I would like a higher incoming volume option. At times, I have difficulty hearing customers, and it seems to be more of a low volume issue than anything else.

Recommendations to other buyers: I think having a monetary incentive is a great idea that prompts a lot of feedback. I can't think of a better recommendation!

Perfect Products!

Oct 23, 2014
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like how easy the products are to use. They give great data too.

Cons: I have not come across anything that I don't like about ShoreTel. Their products are great and easy to use.

Recommendations to other buyers: Look through what they have and try different ShoreTel products. There is so much to learn from them.

Easy to Learn

Oct 17, 2014
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I like the quick navigation to everything from transferring calls to the park function.

Cons: I dislike the old look it has to it. It needs to be more modern.

Recommendations to other buyers: Think of only the aspects you deal with when it comes to the system.

ShoreTel with a Cisco IP phone 7965.

Oct 16, 2014
4/5
Overall
1.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
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Pros: Having the ability to save and edit contacts is really helpful and saves me time looking them up in a book.

Cons: If the internet goes down, so does the phone. If the phone is down, customers can't call in.

Recommendations to other buyers: There's nothing that I can think of at this time.

Satisfied with system

Oct 16, 2014
4/5
Overall
3.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: It's easy to navigate. Everything is laid out nicely and easy to find. Also, it seems to have limited glitches. I have no personal experience with the vendor, however. It also has a very professional look to it, which is a nice quality. The only thing that could improve is that every so often, my voicemails will not come through. I do wish there was a wireless version, because the cord constantly gets tangled.

Cons: The voicemail system takes too long to get messages; the automated system could be shorter.

Recommendations to other buyers: Change the voicemail system, and maybe even offer the voicemail be translated into words in the form of an email at no additional cost.

Please fix sound quality

Oct 16, 2014
1/5
Overall
2 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
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Pros: Being able to dial from the computer is a nice feature. Also, being able to view incoming calls is nice.

Cons: The sound quality on incoming calls is terrible. I cannot understand most customers that are on cell phones.

Recommendations to other buyers: Please fix sound quality. This system makes my job very difficult.

ShoreTel Questions

Oct 16, 2014
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
4.5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: This program allows us to call between branches with ease.

Cons: If the internet goes down you have no phone. You may need backups, like cell phones.

Recommendations to other buyers: Make sure you have reliable internet before you set this up.

Terrible phones

Oct 16, 2014
1/5
Overall
1.5 / 5
Ease of Use
1 / 5
Features & Functionality
1 / 5
Customer Support
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Pros: I do not like this product at all.

Cons: The sound quality is bad. It drops call. I cannot understand callers. The phone system shuts down. Saved numbers do not stay saved. Customer support is terrible.

Recommendations to other buyers: Do not use this product. Find something else.

Great Customer Service

Sep 12, 2014
5/5
Overall
4.5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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Pros: ShoreTel Sky is reliable, and when we do have a problem, we don't have to wait on the phone longer than a minute or two before we are talking to a real person who can either fix the problem or give us an estimate of how long it will take.

Cons: I can't think of anything that I dislike about the service that I wouldn't find anywhere else.

Recommendations to other buyers: Don't just take my word for it. Check out other vendors and compare their services and prices to ShoreTel. I'm sure you'll find that for the price, ShoreTel offers the best national service available.