3CX vs. Five9

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
3CX
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Cyprus based company 3CX offers an IP PBX phone system.
$1.08
per user/per month
Five9
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Five9 is cloud contact center software for inbound, outbound, blended, or multi-channel operations. This solution includes management capabilities such as campaign management, quality monitoring, real-time and historical reporting, and call recording.N/A
Pricing
3CXFive9
Editions & Modules
Pro
$1.08
per user/per month
Enterprise
$1.31
per user/per month
Standard
Free
Core
Contact sales team
Contact sales team
Premium
Contact sales team
Contact sales team
Optimum
Contact sales team
Contact sales team
Ultimate
Contact sales team
Contact sales team
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
3CXFive9
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
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.Five9 offers pricing options to suit your business needs: Monthly On-Demand —Companies looking to quickly scale their operations with minimum costs Per-Minute Fees — Products such as voice message broadcasting or IVR with Speech recognition Annual Contracts — Reduced fee compared to monthly on-demand pricing
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Features
3CXFive9
Contact Center Software
Comparison of Contact Center Software features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Five9
9.0
12 Ratings
8% above category average
Agent dashboard00 Ratings9.312 Ratings
Validate callers00 Ratings9.212 Ratings
Outbound response00 Ratings9.211 Ratings
Call forwarding00 Ratings9.49 Ratings
Click-to-call (CTC)00 Ratings9.110 Ratings
Warm transfer00 Ratings9.410 Ratings
Predictive dialing00 Ratings9.510 Ratings
Interactive voice response00 Ratings9.29 Ratings
REST APIs00 Ratings9.47 Ratings
Call scripts00 Ratings6.710 Ratings
Call tracking00 Ratings9.212 Ratings
Multichannel integration00 Ratings8.611 Ratings
CRM software integration00 Ratings9.211 Ratings
Workforce Optimization (WFO)
Comparison of Workforce Optimization (WFO) features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Five9
8.5
21 Ratings
3% above category average
Inbound call routing00 Ratings9.310 Ratings
Omnichannel inbound routing00 Ratings9.58 Ratings
Recording00 Ratings8.311 Ratings
Quality management00 Ratings7.221 Ratings
Call analytics00 Ratings8.812 Ratings
Historical reporting00 Ratings7.812 Ratings
Live reporting00 Ratings8.810 Ratings
Customer interaction analytics00 Ratings8.310 Ratings
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User Ratings
3CXFive9
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(14 ratings)
8.4
(36 ratings)
Support Rating
5.4
(2 ratings)
8.0
(8 ratings)
User Testimonials
3CXFive9
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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Five9
Five9 is suited for both large-scale and small-scale companies. If your company deals with marketing more than the technical aspect, Five9 gives a mode of communication and getting in touch with our customer or client in the most reliable way rather than setting physical meetings. In the covid period, Five9 has made it easier to work on calls.
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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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Five9
  • Easy dialing and call logging. The process of starting or answering a call, then logging a call disposition with its notes, is simple and easy.
  • Voicemail drops. You can pre-record voicemails to leave for customers without needing to speak the voicemail content each time. This is a huge timesaver for our reps.
  • You can customize the call dispositions / call labels to match what's used in your CRM.
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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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Five9
  • Java based desktop application is a pain to keep updated.
  • The user interface for the agent desktop application is clunky and outdated. It could use a facelift.
  • The help center for documentation isn't well organized and the documentation needs substantial editing.
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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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Five9
Five9's Customer Support team is also based in Manila Philippines, thus turnaround email response times for our reported issues are great for our requirements. Their CS agents also facilitate mobile calls to followup on outstanding issues and operate on a 24/7 schedule. We've also had experience working with the senior tech agents to investigate recurring issues to completion.
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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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Five9
Initially selected Five9 but have since switched to RingCentral which has given us what we needed. Better CRM integration, simpler and in my opinion more robust reporting capabilities and the same omnichannel solution at a fraction of the cost
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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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Five9
  • Cost savings: Five9 replaced a premise-based outbound dialer and a different virtual call center solution for inbound.
  • Cost savings: Five9's voice over IP is less expensive than the land lines we were using.
  • Cost savings: Five9 requires significantly less management than our previous solutions.
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ScreenShots

3CX Screenshots

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