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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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

Well, I have been informed of newer cloud solutions that only rely on plugging the phones into the network and not needing any PRI or phone system on prem. This would make for a very inexpensive phone system. I am not sure how inter-office calls would work if the internet is down however.
Josh Novak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.0
Hosted PBX
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.1
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.2
User templates
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.3
Call reports
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.6
Directory of employee names
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.6

Call Management

3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.5
Answering rules
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.1
Call recording
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.1
Call park
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.1
Call screening
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.3
Message alerts
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.7

VoIP system collaboration

3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.9
Video conferencing
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.3
Audio conferencing
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.2
Video screen sharing
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.5
Instant messaging
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.8

Mobile apps

3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.6
Mobile app for iOS
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.6
Mobile app for Android
3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.6

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • Call quality is very good. Dedicated circuit for QoS is helpful. Even leveraging the Mitel Cloud service over our own ISP has been problem free. The disadvantage to that is the owned and operated router from Mitel where they control more connectivity issues and troubleshoot them as well.
  • Support is also very good. Receive US based support staff when calling in. Issues resolved quickly.
  • They are continuously growing in support and service.
Joe DiCristofano | 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • The Shoretel Mobility app for iPhone does not work very well and is not very intuitive in my experience.
  • We have had many intermittent instances of employees reporting that call quality is bad, sounds like the caller is garbled and underwater.
  • I deployed Shoretel Sky to eleven branches in four states over a 6 month period and experiences were not very consistent. Had issues with not enough power bricks being sent with the phones, some phones not having the the face sticker showing messages, directories, etc., user guides (quick start guides) not getting shipped with the phones at some branches, and phones being programmed incorrectly. This made it very difficult to plan my trips to train employees and install these at the various locations.
Jason Payton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

3CX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 8.6
Based on 42 answers
Although the price is higher than some of the other Hosted systems out there, the value is definitely worth a renewal. Everything is relative: there are some companies out there who need phones, but don't necessarily care how they work, the functionality/features available/durability etc., they just care that they have phones that make and receive calls. There are other companies that are completely reliant on phones and certain functionality that is provided by the system. There are even some companies who are straight up dependent on the phone system and are losing tons of money anytime they are down, ShoreTel is the perfect fit for theSMB client who sees value in a solid,robust, reliable and high functioning phone system
Greg Golding | 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 7.1
Based on 22 answers
I have not used a wide array of communication software, but this far ShoreTel/MiCloud has been the simplest and easiest to get into. My work employs several temps at certain points throughout the year, and they use this piece of software frequently, and new hires seem to have little to no issue using this software. Additionally, this is our primary telephone communication infrastructure, and I have yet to encounter any issues when signed in and regularly using it handling external calls to our department.
Casey Wright | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

3CX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 10.0
Based on 30 answers
The system has gone down on us MULTIPLE times. We asked them to move us to a different cluster. Shoretel declined. Basically we had problems or outages every month of the year from June 2012 to date. Our old phone system was just that: OLD, no bells or whistles. But it was up every day and I never had to think about it much until it was time for an upgrade. That's how I want Shoretel to be. I want it so reliable that I never have to think about it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

3CX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 5.2
Based on 10 answers
Even though the system uses a lower bandwidth connection we have experienced a higher call quality than our previous system which required a T1 line and back up broadband connection.
Shane Hayes | 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 7.0
Based on 19 answers
ShoreTel Sky's support is amazing. The only reason why I didn't give it a 10 is that we still need to contact them for stuff that we should be able to do, for ourselves, within the management portal. I know their portal is being worked on, so hopefully they will get the "little things" included for self-management.
Zak Gunnells | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

3CX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 6.0
Based on 3 answers
I attended the first ShoreTel installer class in Austin,TX. It was a week of intensive study with a live lab and having hands on experience made the class worthwhile. I have taken all of the sales courses and remaining technical courses either online or self study to keep costs down. I send my techs to the first installer course in Austin as I feel it gives them a solid foundation and most of teh other courses they have taken have been online.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

3CX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 2.0
Based on 12 answers
The training identified some things M5 (ShoreTel's cloud division) could provide, however it was only using it every day and asking the Shoretel support several questions that I got the hang of it. The training was able to highlight functions but I did not learn how to use the phone from the training.
Kelli Doyle | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

3CX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 9.7
Based on 34 answers
I feel that the current features that ShoreTel provides are pretty solid, but in future I would love to see it expand into more features to assist inter team communication if possible. Considering that there was not a single issue with ShoreTel in my whole work period of 6months I think it is safe to say that the implementation is pretty standardized.
Anonymous | 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

Aptela. I chose M5 (ShoreTelSky) because their platform puts call quality first. Their system also uses Cisco endpoints, which are very compatible with the rest of my Cisco network. I also liked the fact that ShoreTelSky uses the internet only as a backup for transport; I use MPLS as my primary connectivity.
Whitney White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

3CX

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) 7.6
Based on 5 answers
Shoretel has been very scalable for our organization. We first installed Shoretel in 2003 to standardize three sites on one phone system. As our needs have changed, our Shoretel system has adapted with our growing needs and added locations. Initially, we were using analog phones and have been rolling out VoIP as our budgeting has allowed.
Gary Lamontagne | 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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

  • We save a lot of time not having to dial numbers, measure call volumes and metrics and spend a lot of time configuring new phone systems. Our ROI is high from ShoreTel just in the time we save using and administering the system.
Jonathan Brose | 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.

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)

General

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

MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel) Editions & Modules

Edition
Essentials20.991
Premier26.591
Elite38.491
  1. per user/per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

3CX
7.5
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.0

Likelihood to Renew

3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
8.6

Usability

3CX
8.0
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.1

Reliability and Availability

3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
10.0

Performance

3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
5.2

Support Rating

3CX
4.9
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.0

In-Person Training

3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
6.0

Online Training

3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
2.0

Implementation Rating

3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
9.7

Scalability

3CX
MiCloud Connect (formerly ShoreTel)
7.6

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