8×8 Eliminates Upfront Cost of Business Phones with New Flex Hardware Program

8×8, Inc. (NYSE:EGHT), a leading cloud provider of voice, video, chat and contact center solutions for over one million users worldwide, today announced its new 8×8 Flex Hardware Program which helps companies take the risk out of moving to cloud communications by eliminating the upfront capital costs associated with purchasing desktop and conference phones.

Hardware, such as desktop phones, headsets, and conference phones, have traditionally accounted for a large portion of a new communications solution deployment, which can be a deterrent for some businesses looking to move to the cloud and adopt an OPEX model, said Meghan Keough, Global VP of Corporate and Product Marketing at 8×8. By offering a low-risk, Device as a Service offering, 8×8 is removing friction from the sales process, allowing companies to focus their efforts on reaping the long-term benefits and cost savings associated with cloud communications.

The 8×8 Flex Hardware Program is designed to make equipment a frictionless part of modernizing business communications. It starts by providing the latest Poly IP desktop and conference phones at low monthly lease payments, eliminating the need to incur upfront costs. The Flex program also includes an industry-leading, seven-year warranty, easy upgrades for new hardware, and risk-free terms since there are no long-term contracts. The phones can be canceled and returned at any time and 8×8 even pays for the return shipping.

8x8s lifecycle management capabilities are included for phones in the Flex program so companies can easily set-up, deploy, monitor, update and transition the equipment. Combined with the no risk approach and seven-year warranty, companies now have a hassle-free way to lease, maintain and transition phones.

Shawn Puddester, vice president of global service providers at Poly, said, We are thrilled to partner with 8×8 to offer companies an easy way to upgrade their communications systems with zero-risk. The integration of 8x8s Flex Hardware Program with Polys latest VVX x50 line of VoIP desktop phones, with industry leading voice technology, enables innovative communications for the modern-day workforce.

With the 8×8 Flex Hardware Program, organizations can choose from more than 15 different Poly IP desktop and conference phone models. The program covers repairs under the seven-year warranty, and customers can easily upgrade and replace hardware to the latest models. The Flex program is also perfect for businesses with fluctuating seasonal requirements as they can add or remove hardware as needed at no extra cost.

The program is available to customers in the United States. For more information, visit here.

About Poly

Poly is a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration. Poly combines legendary audio expertise and powerful video and conferencing capabilities to overcome the distractions, complexity and distance that make communication in and out of the workplace challenging. Poly believes in solutions that make life easier when they work together and with our partners services. Our headsets, software, desk phones, audio and video conferencing, analytics and services are used worldwide and are a leading choice for every kind of workspace. Poly is a trademark of Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT). For more information, please visit: www.poly.com.

About 8×8, Inc.

8×8, Inc. (NYSE:EGHT) cloud solutions help businesses transform their customer and employee experience. With one system of engagement for voice, video, collaboration and contact center and one system of intelligence on one technology platform, businesses can now communicate faster and smarter to exceed the speed of customer expectations. For additional information, visit www.8×8.com, or follow 8×8 on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.

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