3CX vs. Zendesk Talk

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
Zendesk Talk
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Zendesk Talk is call center software built on the Twilio cloud communication platform that integrates with the Zendesk Support ticketing system. This allows customer service teams to provide phone support from the same platform they use to manage all other channels.N/A
Pricing
3CXZendesk Talk
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
3CXZendesk Talk
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.
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Features
3CXZendesk Talk
Contact Center Software
Comparison of Contact Center Software features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Zendesk Talk
8.1
15 Ratings
3% below category average
Agent dashboard00 Ratings7.515 Ratings
Validate callers00 Ratings7.911 Ratings
Outbound response00 Ratings8.513 Ratings
Call forwarding00 Ratings7.814 Ratings
Click-to-call (CTC)00 Ratings8.612 Ratings
Warm transfer00 Ratings7.711 Ratings
Predictive dialing00 Ratings7.67 Ratings
Interactive voice response00 Ratings8.59 Ratings
REST APIs00 Ratings8.06 Ratings
Call scripts00 Ratings8.45 Ratings
Call tracking00 Ratings7.613 Ratings
Multichannel integration00 Ratings7.89 Ratings
CRM software integration00 Ratings9.68 Ratings
Workforce Optimization (WFO)
Comparison of Workforce Optimization (WFO) features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Zendesk Talk
7.7
15 Ratings
7% below category average
Inbound call routing00 Ratings7.811 Ratings
Omnichannel inbound routing00 Ratings7.89 Ratings
Recording00 Ratings8.114 Ratings
Quality management00 Ratings7.912 Ratings
Call analytics00 Ratings7.912 Ratings
Historical reporting00 Ratings7.512 Ratings
Live reporting00 Ratings6.613 Ratings
Customer surveys00 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Customer interaction analytics00 Ratings8.19 Ratings
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User Ratings
3CXZendesk Talk
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(14 ratings)
8.3
(15 ratings)
Support Rating
5.4
(2 ratings)
5.0
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
3CXZendesk Talk
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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Zendesk
Zendesk Talk is a great partner that helps us in the customer care area by managing every type of contact with customers (both phone calls and emails). I know there is also the possibility to have integration with instant messaging apps (like messenger and WhatsApp but I have never used them in my experience). In my opinion, the best scenario for Zendesk Talk is represented by a context with a high amount of contacts/requests where a unique platform could be a help both on the external side (customers) and on the internal side (a lot of colleagues who are working in the same area and have to work in a coordinate way). For customers, they could benefit from tailor-made answers, also based on past contacts for the same topic, and avoid waiting times during phone calls, with an immediate follow-up. For internal work management, operators don't overlap in a single request, and even if the same operator is not available the one who manages the request later has complete visibility of the entire topic from the historical point of view. Last but not least, I think that Zendesk Talk helps a lot in the context in which the request's speed is a KPI to manage constantly.
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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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Zendesk
  • Call recording is a nice feature! It is great for training purposes and for quality assurance.
  • The metrics you get from Explore are a great insight into how the team is handling the call volumes.
  • Zendesk Talk has met most of our needs. It can be a bit unreliable at times.
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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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Zendesk
  • The lag on the phone is by far the most annoying thing with Zendesk talk due to the voice over IP.
  • Using the Reporting feature in Zendesk has never been a walk in the park. We have to customize a lot of fields and when something doesn't seem to add up, it at times feels like pulling teeth to get to the final answer of what went wrong.
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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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Zendesk
In our experience, we have had to go through many support people then ultimately getting frustrated enough to go directly to our point of contact who then doesn't always seem to be able to assist. We tend to get the support we need when it is escalated up to me and I reach out to our point of a contact person to express our frustration.
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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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Zendesk
Slack and Zoom phones cannot compare because they have no ticketing systems. Zendesk Talk was the only option we considered because we were already using Zendesk for our email ticketing with customer concerns. We then expanded to using Zendesk's chatbot and then the Zendesk Talk system to keep it all integrated and streamlined.
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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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Zendesk
  • We were able to reduce global headcount by 20% in our call centers.
  • Allowing customers to leave voicemails creates the personal touch needed and really increases our customer connectivity score. We saw increases in our CSAT scores after the implementation of this solution.
  • Call handling time and case reopen rates both decreased. Y/y it decreased 18% and 60%.
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ScreenShots

3CX Screenshots

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