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Mitel Review

By
Chad Brooks
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business.com writer
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Dec 05, 2019
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Mitel is a robust unified communications system that can serve businesses of all sizes. Part of what makes Mitel such a good option for all businesses is the multiple ways it can be deployed. The system is available in the cloud, as an on-premises system or as a hybrid of the two. There are also multiple service plans that give businesses the flexibility to ensure each employee has the features and tools they need to best support their job responsibilities. In addition, Mitel offers a complete contact center solution with a number of helpful features, including call routing with queuing capabilities, skills-based routing, CRM integration, interactive voice response (IVR), call monitoring tools like whisper and barge, and call recording.

Mitel

Mitel

The Best Business Phone Systems of 2020

The Verdict

Mitel is our choice as the best business phone system for call centers because it includes all the necessary features and is available in multiple hosting options and service plans.

View all our recommendations for business phone systems on our best picks page. 

Mitel Pricing

Mitel is available as both a cloud-hosted and on-premises system. The two hosting options have completely different price structures. The cloud-hosted system is priced on a monthly, per-user basis. The on-premises system comprises one-time, upfront fees. 

For the cloud-hosted system, businesses can choose from three different service plans. Unlike other providers we researched, however, Mitel gives you the choice of mixing and matching service plans on a per-user basis. This gives you the flexibility of choosing plans for each employee's specific needs, rather than paying for everyone to have a feature that only a few team members use. 

Each of the plans includes unlimited calling, standard PBX features, online administration, instant messaging, presence, Outlook and G Suite integration, and access to the Mitel mobile app. 

Here are how the plans differ, with pricing based on organizations with 50 to 100 employees: 

  • The Essential plan is $20.99 per user per month. It includes audio conferencing for up to eight participants at a time, web conferencing with desktop sharing for up to four users at a time, and video conferencing for up to eight users at a time.

  • The Premier plan is $26.59 per user per month. It includes audio conferencing for up to 25 participants at a time, web conferencing with desktop sharing for up to 25 simultaneous users and video conferencing for up to 12 users at a time. This plan includes Salesforce integration, voicemail transcription and on-demand call recording.

  • The Elite plan is $38.49 per user per month. It includes everything in the Essential plan, plus audio conferencing for up to 100 participants at a time, web conferencing with desktop sharing for up to 100 users at a time and video conferencing for up to 24 simultaneous users. This plan also includes always-on call recording, archiving and an operator. 

There is an additional charge for call center services if you need them. For call center agents, the costs range from $12 to $20 per user per month. For call center supervisors, you can expect to pay about $110 per month. 

With the cloud-hosted system, you can rent IP phones. Prices vary by phone. We were quoted a price of $5 per month for a standard desk phone. 

While Mitel sells its cloud-hosted system directly to businesses, you must work with a local reseller for the on-premises system. While we couldn't get an exact price quote, the representative we spoke to previously estimated $800 to $950 per user depending on the features you want. Those costs could increase depending on the tools your business needs and the reseller you work with. 

Mitel requires contracts, typically one to three years. There is also a one-time charge for installation, setup and training. 

Ease of Use

MiCloud Connect, Mitel's cloud-hosted VoIP phone system, does not require any special equipment to be installed (except phones), and Mitel handles all the maintenance and upgrades. 

The main components of the system are housed in Mitel's Tier 4 data centers. The company uses data centers around the world to ensure service stays operational. Built on the Google Cloud, Mitel offers a 99.995% uptime money-back guarantee. To ensure your system has perfect call quality, the company recommends you have a fiber connection and 100Kbps for each concurrent call.

Mitel offers several on-premises options. They require professional installation, and you are responsible for the maintenance and upgrades. 

Mitel has a comprehensive selection of calling, collaboration, mobility administration, and contact center features and tools, making it a full unified communications system. MiCloud Connect has a wide range of calling features, including auto attendants, call forwarding, call transfer, call waiting, caller ID, speed dial, music on hold, call screening, call blocking, the ability to dial by name or extension, voicemail-to-email, call blocking and hunt groups. It also offers group paging, intercoms, message-waiting notifications and ring tone personalization. 

Mitel also has several useful collaboration tools, including audio conferencing, instant messaging, presence, video chat and desktop sharing. 

Mitel's iOS and Android mobile app allows employees to make and receive calls from their business lines, conduct conference calls, and check their voicemail. It also has a dashboard to help you manage your day. In addition to the mobile app, the system includes a softphone that can make and receive calls from any computer, whether that is an office computer or your laptop when you're away from the office. 

Mitel has an equally impressive offering of contact center features and tools, including intelligent routing, IVRs, real-time and historical reporting, power dialers, speech analytics, workforce management, advanced voice services, and artificial intelligence.

Mitel integrates with many popular programs businesses are already using, including Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, Outlook, Zendesk, Chrome and G Suite. The system can also be configured to work with nearly any CRM. 

Conference Calling

Mitel offers conference calling with its phone system. With the conference bridge feature, which is included at no extra charge, each employee can hold their own conference call that supports between eight and 100 callers, depending on the service plan. 

If your company is looking to host conference calls with more than 100 callers, you will need to use a conference calling service. These services allow for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of people on each call. You can find more information on these services on our conference call services best picks page

Customer Support

We were impressed with Mitel's customer service. To test the support, we contacted the company multiple times by phone and email, posing as a business owner interested in phone and contact center services. 

When we reached out by phone, our calls were always immediately answered by a representative, who collected specific information on our business. They then said a specialist would contact us shortly. We were disappointed that we couldn't speak with someone who could answer all of our questions immediately when we called, but that frustration was quickly erased when the specialists reached out to us within 20 minutes. 

Each time we spoke to a specialist, they were extremely friendly and helpful. They answered our questions in enough detail that, by the end of our calls, we had a very clear understanding of how the system works and what features and tools it offers. The representatives also gave us various price estimates. 

After each of our calls, the specialists followed up with an email that included more information on the systems as well as detailed price quotes. Anytime we sent a message asking follow-up questions, we received prompt replies with thorough answers. The support we received from Mitel was excellent. 

Mitel offers customer support by phone 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Mitel

Mitel

The Best Business Phone Systems of 2020

The Verdict

Mitel is our choice as the best business phone system for call centers because it includes all the necessary features and is available in multiple hosting options and service plans.

Chad Brooks
Chad Brooks
Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer with more than 20 years of media experience. A graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff as a senior writer. Currently, Chad covers a wide range of B2B products and services, including business phone systems, time and attendance systems, payroll services, and conference call services. Before joining Business News Daily and business.com, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago. Chad's first book, "How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business," was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.