3CX vs. Freshdesk 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
Freshdesk Contact Center
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Freshdesk Contact Center ( Formerly Freshcaller) is a call center software for startups and small teams. Fresh Contact Center aims to enable businesses / teams set-up and run a call center without spending a lot of time and money. It is suited for phone teams of size 1- 30. Users can create custom greeting texts based on specific call scenarios. The nested Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system allows the user to provide a detailed set of options to callers. The call queues…
$0
per agent/per month
Pricing
3CXFreshdesk Contact Center
Editions & Modules
Pro
$1.08
per user/per month
Enterprise
$1.31
per user/per month
Standard
Free
FREE
$0
per agent/per month
Growth
$15
per agent/per ,billed annually
Pro
$39
per agent/per month, billed annually
Enterprise
$69
per agent/per month, billed annually
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
3CXFreshdesk Contact Center
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalOptional
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.
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Community Pulse
3CXFreshdesk Contact Center
Considered Both Products
3CX
Chose 3CX
Each product have its own benefit of usages as it focus on different customer segment.
Freshdesk Contact Center

No answer on this topic

Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
3CXFreshdesk Contact Center
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Freshdesk Contact Center
8.9
8 Ratings
8% above category average
Hosted PBX00 Ratings9.06 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)00 Ratings8.18 Ratings
Call reports00 Ratings9.38 Ratings
Directory of employee names00 Ratings9.27 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Freshdesk Contact Center
8.9
8 Ratings
6% above category average
Answering rules00 Ratings8.58 Ratings
Call recording00 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Call park00 Ratings8.97 Ratings
Call screening00 Ratings8.58 Ratings
Message alerts00 Ratings9.47 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Freshdesk Contact Center
9.6
6 Ratings
15% above category average
Audio conferencing00 Ratings9.66 Ratings
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User Ratings
3CXFreshdesk Contact Center
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(14 ratings)
8.7
(9 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
5.4
(2 ratings)
8.1
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
3CXFreshdesk 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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Freshworks Inc
One scenario where Freshdesk Contact Center is well suited is when we have a lot of parents calling in with requests about student transcripts, and or grades, we can better interact with each caller and not have a lot of people on hold waiting for a long time. One scenario where Freshdesk might not be well suited is when callers get the chatbot more often than talking to an actual person.
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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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Freshworks Inc
  • From this centralized help desk, we are able to allocate tickets and communicate with staff and clients via email.
  • The ability to phone a lead or customer directly from Freshdesk is fantastic.
  • Handling of waiting lines.
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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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Freshworks Inc
  • Cost - the system was felt to be way overpriced for the feature-set it provided. For the cost of 10 support agents, I could engage with a full-blown VoIP UCaaS provider to support 20-30 users.
  • The system was dependent on the Amazon Web Services system, which was prone to outages, and as it was outsourced by Freshworks to Amazon, resolution time did not have clear SLAs.
  • Non-US support - any issues encountered with the system would go through international channels which decreased resolution time depending on when the development team was available.
  • Call reliability was questionable - sometimes agents would have ringing devices that would have no one on the other end - other times calls would be dropped without explanation.
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Usability
3CX
No answers on this topic
Freshworks Inc
It's a really simple and affordable software solution if you're looking to upgrade your system or processes to a softphone. The service has been fantastic for both our outbound sales team and our inbound customer service team. As a manager, I'm really grateful I found FreshCaller early on in the process of evaluating companies to go to for a softphone.
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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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Freshworks Inc
Freshcaller support is great. They will respond very quickly once I submit a ticket. On occasion, they are unable to answer a question and require a deep dive on some research for random questions but that's completely understandable. Overall, great service, great quality, and very accommodating. This is one of the better support groups, in my opinion.
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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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Freshworks Inc
After multiple checks and constant research we found Freshdesk is one of the leading product service providers and the best at it too. We used to have PSTIN hard phones which caused a lot of drops and customer discontent. After Freshdesk, it has been a cakewalk. Really happy with it.
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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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Freshworks Inc
  • Call logs helps analyse the interactions which each lead - helps space out if need be.
  • Follow ups are simplified due to viewing of past activity.
  • Easy integration helps in saving costs of phone calls.
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ScreenShots

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