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Grasshopper.com

Grasshopper.com Phone System

Product: Grasshopper.com
Type: Professional Only

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on: February 12, 2011

Entry Price: $12.00/mo

Grasshopper Review Summary:

Grasshopper is best for those looking for a basic, usage based, virtual pbx system without a lot of frills and no long term contracts needed to get discounted pricing. Those looking for a merchant that offers a pay-as-you-go plan.

Grasshopper.com Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Unlimited extensions on all plans
  • Additional phone lines on upper plans
  • increased minutes on all plans
  • pay-as-you-go plan

Cons

  • Highest fees to transfer 800 or local numbers
  • Highest per minute rate
  • No outbound Internet Faxing

How Does Grasshopper Compare?

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  • $12.00/mo

  • Zero Minutes/mo
  • 6¢ per Minute
  • yes Unlimited Extensions
  • no Outbound Internet Fax
  • This document states in measurable terms, the reliability of the service.no Service Level Agreement
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  • $9.99/mo

  • 300 Minutes/mo
  • 4.9¢ per Minute
  • no Unlimited Extensions
  • yes Outbound Internet Fax
  • This document states in measurable terms, the reliability of the service.yes Service Level Agreement
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  • $9.99/mo

  • 300 Minutes/mo
  • 4.9¢ per Minute
  • yes Unlimited Extensions
  • yes Outbound Internet Fax
  • This document states in measurable terms, the reliability of the service.no Service Level Agreement
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Grasshopper Pricing

Grasshopper Office Plans
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Grasshopper Professional Plans:
Pay As You Grow: $12/mo
Ramp: $24/mo
Grow: $49/mo
Max: $199/mo

Detailed Features Grasshopper.com

Grasshopper.com was created through an extensive rebranding effort of what used to be called GotVmail. As part of the rebranding, Grasshopper.com came up with a whole new, much more friendly user interface. This really was the major change that took place via the rebranding effort. Previous to that they had made several changes to their plans that made them much more competitive.

Setup/Installation FeeNo - eliminated from all plans
Cancellation/Deactivation FeeNo
Free TrialNo, BUT Grasshopper offers a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Customer Service24/7 Good
Included MinutesPay As You Grow: none (6¢ per minute)
Ramp: 500/mo
Grow: 2,000/mo
Max: 10,000/mo
Overage Minutes
Included Phone Numbers(Professional)Pay As You Grow: 1
Ramp: 1
Grow: 2
Max: 3
Cost for Additional Phone Numbers$5 /each per month
Extensions(Professional)unlimited
Local and Toll Free Transfer Fee$30 - one time fee
Vanity Number Fee$30 - one time fee
True 800 Number Fee$30 - one time fee, but not always available

What We Like About Grasshopper.com

No Pre-Paid Yearly Plans:

We like the fact that you do not have to commit to a year long pre-paid contract plan to get a low monthly price. Kudos to Grasshopper for this. The other vendors could and should take note of this, and follow suite to truly offer top notch plans to their customers. This is one of our biggest pet peeves with VOIP and cell phone carriers.

Find Me/Follow Me:

Grasshopper offers a really cool feature to allow you to program the days and hours of day you want each phone number tried when using the find me/follow me feature. This offers users allot of flexibility when out of the office.

Additional Incoming Phone Lines:

Grasshopper is only one of a few providers that provide additional incoming phone lines at no additional cost on their Grow and Max plans. We believe this is a great move, and all providers should offer this option so that business’s(without additional cost to them) can provide their customers with both a local and toll free method of reaching their them.

Pay-as-you-go Plan

Grasshopper provides a plan where you only pay for the minutes you use, rather than paying for a bank of minutes you may never use.

What We Don’t Like About Grasshopper.com

6¢ per Minute on all Plans:

Calculate the minutes you think you will use, because Grasshopper now charges a rate of 6¢ per minute on all plans, for any minutes over your plan minutes. This is by far the highest per minute rate amongst our top six merchants.

No Outbound Internet Faxing:

This may or may not be a big deal to most people, however we see it more as a “gap” in Grasshopper’s offerings. It is a feature offered by the other top 2 providers in the space, and a direction we feel the market is definitely moving towards. They do offer inbound internet fax, which allows you to receive faxes via your phone system without having to have a dedicated line or fax machine. The faxes can be sent to your email or control center, and printed. However, outbound faxing completes the package and allows you to also send faxes from the system, totally eliminating the need for a fax machine or another online faxing service.

No true ACD Queing:

Again, we doubt this will be a big issue to the Very Small Business/Home Office/Professional or Small Business space, because Grasshopper does provide Hunt group Queing. This is where a call is routed to a group of people and it will “hunt” through the group until it finds a person who answers the call, or if unanswered for a specified period of time is sent to a designated voicemail. ACD Queing on the other hand will allow for different variables like time of day, prioritization of staff, and real time intervention by a supervisor. Grasshopper does offer a custom option to program random “rotational” extension calling, but you have to call customer support to have it set up.

Grasshopper.com Review Summary

If you don’t need true ACD Queing(which VirtualPBX is the only vendor in this space to provide “true” ACD queuing), and outbound Internet Faxing isn’t a big deal for you, then Grasshopper offers solid plans, without having to commit to a year long contract to get discounted pricing. They also now offer unlimited extensions on all of their plans, and their “Grow” plan comes with almost double the minutes of any of their competitors for a similarly priced plan.

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    I recently signed up for service and noticed that the charge on my account was not the same as advertised. I called to inquire about the discrepancy and was informed by DAWN that the additional charges were “taxes and surcharges.” I asked what are the surcharges? She informed me they were federal government taxes. I questioned that, since all taxes would be bundles in taxes and surcharges sounds more like a fee. Next thing I know, I hear music – Dawn placed me on hold without notice or asking me if she could do that – while she looked into my concern.

    After some time passed, Dawn came back and began to say I wanted to get more information on that. I let her know that was very unprofessional for her to put me on hold without letting me know that’s what she was doing. She then said, “maybe you didn’t hear me when I said it.” I explained that I could hear her clearly…that I could hear talking in the background either from colleagues or a tv (if she’s working from home)…I could hear a male voice talking as well…and that I could hear some light music playing.

    Then the phone goes silent and after some time had passed, the call disconnects. I immediately try to call them back, but, another call was coming in. After answering it, it was Dawn calling me back. She mentioned that she hung up because I wasn’t responding to what she was saying and she assumed I couldn’t hear her. I called her out on that. I explained that if anything, she muted the phone so I couldn’t hear anything…held me on the line for a while, then disconnected. I then asked for a supervisor.

    After several minutes, Jessica came on the line. I explained what happened. She apologized, but was very nonchalant about it. So, I honestly don’t think it went anywhere…which is why I’m leaving this complaint…to share my experience.