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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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Grasshopper

Grasshopper is well suited for basic needs of texting in and out as well as calling out if you would like to avoid using your personal line. It also eliminates the need to have a dedicated land land in your office or business. You can obtain a vanity number and forward calls through grasshopper.
Julliana Reyes | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

3CX
Grasshopper
9.6
Hosted PBX
3CX
Grasshopper
9.5
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
3CX
Grasshopper
9.7
User templates
3CX
Grasshopper
9.9
Call reports
3CX
Grasshopper
9.4
Directory of employee names
3CX
Grasshopper
9.4

Call Management

3CX
Grasshopper
9.4
Answering rules
3CX
Grasshopper
9.3
Call recording
3CX
Grasshopper
8.9
Call park
3CX
Grasshopper
9.4
Call screening
3CX
Grasshopper
9.9
Message alerts
3CX
Grasshopper
9.3

VoIP system collaboration

3CX
Grasshopper
8.0
Video conferencing
3CX
Grasshopper
7.9
Audio conferencing
3CX
Grasshopper
7.7
Video screen sharing
3CX
Grasshopper
8.2
Instant messaging
3CX
Grasshopper
8.2

Mobile apps

3CX
Grasshopper
9.0
Mobile app for iOS
3CX
Grasshopper
9.0
Mobile app for Android
3CX
Grasshopper
9.0

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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Grasshopper

  • I like that there are differing voicemails for each extension, to keep up with the image of calling a separate line.
  • I love the voicemail text emails. I believe we pay a little extra, but worth every penny for those urgent calls while I am in a meeting.
  • The cost is very reasonable for the value added to our company.
David Renberg | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

3CX

  • The set up can seem a little daunting, especially if you plan to take it on internally.
  • The apps are great, having your extension on your device is great but the desktop/windows app is a little dated, could do with an update.
Marouane Tohme | TrustRadius Reviewer

Grasshopper

  • It would be nice to have the ability to transfer some calls to another Grasshopper IVR, for those customers who mistakenly dial the wrong number (we have two incoming numbers, one for corporate and one for sales).
  • Likewise, it would be nice to have the ability to forward to a toll-free number, which would have allowed us to work around the inability to transfer between IVRs (see above).
  • Lastly, it would be great to have an 'emergency' switch setting (default off but could be toggled on) that would let us override all IVR settings and transfer all incoming calls elsewhere (either to a direct dial or toll free number) for those rare times when we cannot take any calls (such as a weather emergency OR the one time each year we take all of our staff on a retreat) - that would allow us to send all calls to a backup answering service rather than just voicemail.
Trisha Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

3CX

3CX 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It's been doing really good job for us. Are there better PBX systems out there? For sure there are, with more features and better support. But those are way more expensive and harder to implement and maintain. This system is almost no brainier, next -> next -> next -> finish and you have installed it. With a few more configs to hook it up to your SIP or PRI lines, you are up and running! Everything is GUI based so it's easy to navigate. It have everything you need to run serious call centre so I would recommend it for anyone unless you are Fortune 500 company with billions of budget for IT, then spend the big money and go with Cisco PBX.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Grasshopper

Grasshopper 6.0
Based on 1 answer
The admin functions are kind of confusing in the old interface which was my most recent experience on the admin side.
Matthew Gardner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

3CX

3CX 4.9
Based on 5 answers
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.
Laura Steinbrink | TrustRadius Reviewer

Grasshopper

Grasshopper 8.5
Based on 43 answers
When I was setting up my account I contacted support a couple of times. They were also very professional, personable, and helpful. Their response is prompt and thorough. I'm confident I can get any question answered as well as help with any issue I might have. That's pretty important to me.
Diane Helbig | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Grasshopper

I have not used any other phone services like Grasshopper. I know that there is another option out there called Ruby, which is more like a virtual receptionist but since I did not try it out I cannot compare the two. When I started my company I found the services that Grasshopper offers to be perfect. It still works for us and we have no need to change to anything else right now.
Daniel Shatzkes CEO Entrepreneur, Manufacturer, Musician | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Artur Bittencourt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Grasshopper

  • It's allowed us to keep cost down. Other phone systems can seriously get outrageous in implementation and monthly fees!
  • It's allowed our team the confidence to work in locations outside of the office and still be seen as professionals.
  • It's decreased the amount of time spent on unwanted sales calls via the call screening application.
Courtney Mudd | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

3CX

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

3CX Editions & Modules

Edition
StandardFree
Pro1.082
Enterprise1.312
  1. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details
Price 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.

Grasshopper

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Grasshopper Editions & Modules

Edition
Solo$291
Partner$491
Small Business$891
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

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