3CX vs. Cisco Unified Contact Center

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
3CX
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Cyprus based company 3CX offers an IP PBX phone system.
$1.08
per user/per month
Cisco Unified Contact Center
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Cisco Unified Contact Center is a contact center platform that can support up to 24,000 agents. It supports call routing, omnichannel integrations, and a management portal for creating customer profiles, segmentation, and resource monitoring.N/A
Pricing
3CXCisco Unified Contact Center
Editions & Modules
Pro
$1.08
per user/per month
Enterprise
$1.31
per user/per month
Standard
Free
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
3CXCisco Unified Contact Center
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPrice displayed is based on 25 users. 3CX pricing is based on the number of simultaneous calls your business requires or in other words, how many calls your system needs to support at once. Unlike other PBX vendors there is no per extension cost.Must contact sales team for pricing.
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Community Pulse
3CXCisco Unified Contact Center
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
3CXCisco Unified Contact Center
Contact Center Software
Comparison of Contact Center Software features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Cisco Unified Contact Center
9.6
40 Ratings
14% above category average
Agent dashboard00 Ratings9.640 Ratings
Validate callers00 Ratings9.536 Ratings
Outbound response00 Ratings9.536 Ratings
Call forwarding00 Ratings9.637 Ratings
Click-to-call (CTC)00 Ratings9.630 Ratings
Warm transfer00 Ratings9.735 Ratings
Predictive dialing00 Ratings9.727 Ratings
Interactive voice response00 Ratings9.634 Ratings
REST APIs00 Ratings9.630 Ratings
Call scripts00 Ratings9.535 Ratings
Call tracking00 Ratings9.538 Ratings
Multichannel integration00 Ratings9.630 Ratings
CRM software integration00 Ratings9.430 Ratings
Workforce Optimization (WFO)
Comparison of Workforce Optimization (WFO) features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Cisco Unified Contact Center
9.4
41 Ratings
13% above category average
Inbound call routing00 Ratings9.738 Ratings
Omnichannel inbound routing00 Ratings9.630 Ratings
Recording00 Ratings8.835 Ratings
Quality management00 Ratings9.736 Ratings
Call analytics00 Ratings9.737 Ratings
Historical reporting00 Ratings9.539 Ratings
Live reporting00 Ratings9.639 Ratings
Customer surveys00 Ratings8.828 Ratings
Customer interaction analytics00 Ratings8.830 Ratings
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3CXCisco Unified Contact Center
Small Businesses
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User Ratings
3CXCisco Unified Contact Center
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(14 ratings)
9.5
(49 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(5 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
5.4
(2 ratings)
7.5
(15 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(2 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
3CXCisco Unified Contact Center
Likelihood to Recommend
3CX
In many scenarios decision is driven by budget and compared to other solutions at the time of purchase [3CX] was simply the cheapest solution for what it has to offer. If you are looking for integrations, extensibility, and advanced functionalities, this might not be a solution for you. At the time of use (and this may have changed by now), there was a lack of APIs, CLI commands, and similar so nothing could be automated with the system. There are ways of importing data through CSV but automation would solve us so much time and support calls if we were able to connect with other systems.
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Cisco
I would recommend it to other people in my contact and business circle, but if I recommend it to someone who has certain difficulties in accessing some tools within Cisco, he may have great difficulty in getting help because of the support that is lacking in most of the times.
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Pros
3CX
  • Simplicity: Using a single 3CX interface we can manage every phone and extension used throughout our company.
  • Flexibility: There are a wide variety of options to configure each extension and phone. Changing anything after the hardware is deployed is very easy.
  • Portability: Phones with 3CX can be easily moved or repurposed within an office or at remote locations, including users' homes. The mobile app allows users to use their office extension anywhere without exposing their cell number.
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Cisco
  • Provides you with a solid routing engine that was built to handle Service Provider level throughput - if you need stability and a work horse this is the platform for you.
  • The core features on the whole are good, but where UCCE is very good is the eco-system of Solutions Plus partner integrations that expand on the core capabilities with the market leaders in areas such as WFO, Campaign Management, Biometrics and Natural Language.
  • The investment Cisco makes in the CC space means they are always improving the platform features, scale and reliability.
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Cons
3CX
  • I would like to be able to see direct-dial numbers on the handsets. Currently that is not possible but that would be a nice feature.
  • You need an SBC per location, which can be a point of failure.
  • You also need a server that might get disconnected, which is another point of failure.
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Cisco
  • After 25+ years, the product still requires experienced and highly skilled engineers to deploy the product properly per Cisco Best Practice guidelines.
  • Third-party integrations are also very cumbersome and require highly skilled and experienced engineers and significant time and financial investment to deploy.
  • Upgrading the product is cumbersome and requires Cisco ATP or Cisco AS which is time consuming and very expensive.
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Likelihood to Renew
3CX
No answers on this topic
Cisco
if it is up to me I would maintain its use. I was not able to make those decisions previously.
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Usability
3CX
No answers on this topic
Cisco
To be honest, there are tools better than Cisco Unified Contact Center
because it largely depends on third party integrations with better
alternatives available now a days. However, Cisco Unified Contact Center has its own standards in terms of user experience and client satisfactions which serves every customers with a flawless experience.
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Support Rating
3CX
The 3CX Phone System is only a five because while they provide set-up/how-to/Q and A documents to help your district or company get started, they do not offer support for free. The documents provided, though, are good enough for you to get you up and running. We also found a good source of help through a sip trunk provider, which was a 3CX reseller provider.
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Cisco
Cisco Unified Contact center is a very smart & reliable solution to go for. Its active-active sight base architecture and [customizable] features really help to deliver efficient customer service, enhanced next-gen experience, and uninterrupted operations. I believe every [organization] should opt for it if required.
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Alternatives Considered
3CX
The main differences between 8x8, Inc. and 3CX is pricing and ease of use in my opinion. The 3CX system uses annual based pricing plans based on of simultaneous calls your company needs, not the number of extensions/users and offers a free plan. 8x8, Inc. charges per extension with different plans. We currently have 19 extensions so the 3CX system makes more sense for us, however, if your company only has a few extensions you may want to throughly consider both options. In my experience, it was difficult to add new extensions and phones with 8x8 because at least at that time we had 8x8 I could not add anything on the web admin. I had to call a sales rep which took a lot more time. Also, if you didn't purchase a phone and/or headset directly from 8x8 at a usually higher price than Amazon for example then you would have to spend anywhere from 30 minutes to hours on the phone with 8x8 tech support to program the phone to work with the 8x8 system so adding a new extension could turn into a long ordeal. I can easily add new extensions on 3CX directly in the web cpanel. Granted, if you are actually adding a new phone number you would need to purchase that number from a company like ATT first before adding it to 3CX. The difference between a phone number and an extension would be a phone number allows a customer to call in directly using that number. The extension would require the customer to call the main business number then be transferred to the extension. 3CX provides a list of supported phone models on their website
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Cisco
Similar I guess, however, I feel like Avaya was more suited for a contact center and allowed for all information to be in one place. The QA Forms were more flexible and easy to review. Predicative analysis was available to assist with scheduling and staffing. It was easier to manipulate and implement- I didn't need to go through 3 different parties to make a simply modification.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
3CX
No answers on this topic
Cisco
Licenses are very expensive. The customer has to buy IP telephony or Unified Communication and Collaboration Licenses and for Contact Center Solution licenses separately. There must be a price tone down as the competition is really high. New customers are willing to go for cloud-based solutions [that] are cheaper and easy to deploy.
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Professional Services
3CX
No answers on this topic
Cisco
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Return on Investment
3CX
  • 3CX has a lot to offer for a very low cost as its business model is based on simultaneous calls and not per device. It's very cost effective and very affordable.
  • As the 3CX server does not require a high-performance server to run, with the Public Cloud option, it might allow even further savings.
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Cisco
  • A smoother route to helping end users with critical needs
  • With quick assist while on hold, less calls come into the pool while agents have the ability to assist more critical needs
  • The ability to work remotely during an extreme event assisting end users
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ScreenShots

3CX Screenshots

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