3CX vs. Zoho Cliq

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
Zoho Cliq
Score 9.2 out of 10
N/A
Zoho Chat is a live chat tool, from Zoho Corporation.
$18
per month up to 25 users
Pricing
3CXZoho Cliq
Editions & Modules
Pro
$1.08
per user/per month
Enterprise
$1.31
per user/per month
Standard
Free
Professional
$2
per month per user (minimum 10 users)
Enterprise
$4
per month per user (minimum 10 users)
Standard
$18
per month up to 25 users
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
3CXZoho Cliq
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
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.10% discount for annual pricing.
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Features
3CXZoho Cliq
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Zoho Cliq
9.1
3 Ratings
15% above category average
Task Management00 Ratings9.93 Ratings
Scheduling00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Workflow Automation00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Mobile Access00 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Search00 Ratings9.52 Ratings
Communication
Comparison of Communication features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Zoho Cliq
7.6
3 Ratings
5% below category average
Chat00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Notifications00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Discussions00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Surveys00 Ratings5.01 Ratings
Internal knowledgebase00 Ratings4.01 Ratings
File Sharing & Management
Comparison of File Sharing & Management features of Product A and Product B
3CX
-
Ratings
Zoho Cliq
9.0
3 Ratings
10% above category average
Video files00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Audio files00 Ratings8.03 Ratings
Access control00 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Advanced security features00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
Device sync00 Ratings10.03 Ratings
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User Ratings
3CXZoho Cliq
Likelihood to Recommend
7.9
(14 ratings)
9.0
(6 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
5.4
(2 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
3CXZoho Cliq
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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Zoho
It is very well suited as a messaging tool, where one needs to communicate quickly to a colleague the status of a particular task or an update to the work. This is especially useful for field work where the field team can report the work done and any additional resources required. We have faced issues when virtual meetings are held for a team of 10+ members with a lot of drop-offs and poor quality of reception (audio & video). While some may be attributed to poor internet connection, we do not face the same issue when using Zoom meetings. This area requires strengthening
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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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Zoho
  • External channels allow in-office staff a private channel to directly relay messages to customers.
  • Automated notifications through Zoho CRM can be easily triggered.
  • Audio/screen share components offer zoom-quality calling without extraneous setups.
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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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Zoho
  • Initial set up can be a little daunting if you aren't a tech-savvy person. For large organizations, this might not matter since you would have a dedicated IT team that will handle it (as we did) but if you are a small business owner looking to set this up yourself, I imagine it would take some trial and error to get working.
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Likelihood to Renew
3CX
No answers on this topic
Zoho
Zoho Cliq has become an integral part of our daily business. Every single member of our team who has a job involving a computer has an active Zoho Cliq license and uses the tool continuously throughout the day. It cuts down on meetings and allows the team to feel very connected to one-another even though we are distributed geographically.
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Usability
3CX
No answers on this topic
Zoho
Ease of use! It's easy enough to open chat, start audio sessions, screen shares, or even sending files. The fact that individual "emojis" can be applied to normal chats is wonderful. Allows to "acknowledge" without lengthy back-and-forths. Automation via CRM turns Cliq into a productivity tool beyond communication. Simply put, I don't how you could improve the system (save for a few UI boosts). As it stands, it's a powerful tool that is easy to pick up and play with.
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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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Zoho
Any time that I have had an issue, and there haven't been many user support jumps right on and helps me right away.
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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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Zoho
Functionality wise Zoho Chat fairs pretty well against the other options. I still use all the other options as I need to be flexible in how I communicate with clients. It is the integration into the ZohoCRM & Cliq that puts Zoho Chat above the others and is why I try to encourage clients to move across to the app
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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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Zoho
  • Zoho Cliq has facilitated quick & instant communications
  • Better coordination among team members.
  • Better control over the project managed.
  • Eliminated multiple subscriptions to remote work platforms, scheduling software, task management software as everything is integrated in Zoho Cliq.
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ScreenShots

3CX Screenshots

Screenshot of Video ConferencingScreenshot of Advanced Contact Center ReportingScreenshot of Management DashboardScreenshot of Live ChatScreenshot of 3CX AppScreenshot of See the Status of Your Colleagues

Zoho Cliq Screenshots

Screenshot of Zoho Cliq UIScreenshot of Remote WorkScreenshot of Video CallsScreenshot of Integrations in Zoho CliqScreenshot of Zoho Cliq view across devices