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Score 9.1 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

CallFire

If you need to find a test candidate for your client quickly, this is one of the best ways. Pull yourself a hot list of a couple hundred potential candidates and load them in to CallFire. Then get ready to hit about 50-60 calls per hour. You should have a great test candidate for your client in about 24 hours! It's amazing how quickly you can show your clients the true speed of your company.
Chase Muehlheuser | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

Sametime is well suited for very quick conversations, where you know the person is an active Sametime user. It also serves as an easy way to reach out to someone you may not know when looking for an answer to a quick question, as they are likely to be a Sametime user. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to use Sametime for Audio or Video chat. The quality and reliability are horrendous.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Cloud PBX

CallFire
8.2
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.4
Hosted PBX
CallFire
6.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.9
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)
CallFire
9.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.9
User templates
CallFire
7.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Call reports
CallFire
10.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Directory of employee names
CallFire
9.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.4

Call Management

CallFire
8.7
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.1
Answering rules
CallFire
8.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
7.9
Call recording
CallFire
10.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Call park
CallFire
8.5
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Call screening
CallFire
8.3
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.2
Message alerts
CallFire
8.8
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.2

VoIP system collaboration

CallFire
10.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Video conferencing
CallFire
10.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Audio conferencing
CallFire
10.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Video screen sharing
CallFire
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0
Instant messaging
CallFire
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.0

Mobile apps

CallFire
8.3
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
7.6
Mobile app for iOS
CallFire
8.5
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
7.6
Mobile app for Android
CallFire
8.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
7.6

Pros

CallFire

  • CallFire provides detailed analytics that show what/when callers select within the phone system
  • The text message broadcast feature is a game changer. This allows a company to dispatch text campaigns with specific calls-to-action, with tracking analytics.
  • The voice broadcast feature allows a mass automated message to be sent to client phones. This saves a lot of time when the same notification needs to go out to multiple clients.
Justin McClelland | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

  • Sametime's web-based interfaces are "zero load", requiring no plug-ins to be installed to join a meeting, launch a meeting, or use chat in a browser. A plugin is required only if you want to share your screen.
  • Integration with IBM Notes is very tight. Sametime's chat status can change according to your Notes calendar. You can easily see if someone who just emailed you is available to chat. Your chat History is right inside Notes as well.
  • IBM's mobile apps are top notch. We automated the apps for our users thanks to IBM's work with third party MDMs. This made it very simple for us to deploy the Sametime mobile apps -- Chat and Meetings -- and get new capabilities such as Audio & Video mobilized quickly.
  • No down time, ever. The rock solid WebSphere back-end of Sametime means the environment is always up. Period.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

CallFire

  • The services are easy to use and robust, but there is room for improvement. Unfortunately, not much has changed over the last 2 years of use. There haven't been any new features or innovations in that time.
  • API integration and automation is not easy for most folks to jump into and there is very little technical support or documentation to take advantage of such features.
  • The standard reports are generally sufficient, but there isn't any customization or intelligence available.
Benjamin Cutler | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

  • Whenever I drop Sametime and relogin, I have to ask somebody else to invite me to chat rooms. It would be great to have a function to show me which chat room(s) I was previously on and give me an option to rejoin by Sametime itself.
  • Not always able to see chat history in chat room. If the invitor forget to check allow to see chat history, or the history the invitor cannot be seen, I will not be able to see.
  • Can not send files via Sametime.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

CallFire

CallFire 9.0
Based on 1 answer
There is no reason not to, it has proven effective in the usage
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Sametime is now an embedded experience for our users. They know it, they like it, they use it, and they expect it to be wherever they are. Because it is pretty easy to use and NEVER goes down, users know they can rely on it and won't be frustrated by it. Sametime is right up with there with Microsoft Office in terms of user adoption and appreciation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

CallFire

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 8.6
Based on 2 answers
Just about everything works the way you expect it would and it's relatively easy for users to figure out. Sametime was one of those things that we started with only a few people as a "test" and before the test period was done we discovered a few hundred people had figured out how to log in and most got it working all on their own. Many of our users want to use Sametime and do so regularly; we do not have to create policies enforcing its usage. Users find it practical to use Sametime to do things like chat, transfer files, share their screen, and so forth.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

CallFire

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Typically if Sametime is not available, it's because Windows Updates were done on the servers and they were not rebooted. However, that's not a problem with Sametime -- in fact, if you have Linux you could probably run Sametime for years without any hiccups whatsoever. We have no internal Linux expertise.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

CallFire

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Generally very good. Occasionally AV or screen-sharing will stutter and every now and then I hear of it dropping out altogether, but in all cases it was easy to re-establish
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

CallFire

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 8.3
Based on 4 answers
A simple platform yet it saves a massive amount of time and costs for our company. It is a very straight-forward tool without complexity in using the platform. Although there are not as many features as other chat platforms, it is sufficient for my company to have internal discussions very easily. Amid busy work hours, we don't even need too many fancy features for communication. A simple yet professional tool is more than enough for business conversation.
Mogana Tashiani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

CallFire

CallFire has a pricing structure that is attractive to us as a small business. The "pay as you use" options helps us keep our overhead low, especially with so many softwares already in our tech stack. It's a tremendous value for the cost!
Jason Revilla | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

Slack is the best messaging app that I have used for work communication. Slack is actually so easy to use, and offers such a good mobile app, that I use it on my own for personal conversations. Slack offers many features that Sametime either doesn't or doesn't do well. We chose IBM Sametime because it was the first chat app that we used at our company. Many people are familiar with it and did not want to move to a new tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

CallFire

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Sametime is rock solid. It runs on WebSphere, DB2 and other related IBM technologies. This does mean the back-end is highly complex and very difficult to learn and get comfortable with, however.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

CallFire

  • I sent out a broadcast message pretty deep in our data base, well three years out. I had one customer come in and buy thanking me for contacting her.
  • Our holiday season was up 35% over last year, this year we used CallFire more than we did in the past.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

  • Licensing for existing IBM customers can be advantageous as they might actually already have a free entitlement (even if they do not know that yet) - so it can be quite cost-efficient.
  • Small environments can be fit onto a single server and run quite well
Victor Toal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

CallFire

General

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

CallFire Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$599.001
Grow$299.001
Startup$199.001
Lite$99.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)

General

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

HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

CallFire
10.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
7.4

Likelihood to Renew

CallFire
9.0
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Usability

CallFire
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.6

Reliability and Availability

CallFire
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
10.0

Performance

CallFire
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
9.0

Support Rating

CallFire
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
8.3

Scalability

CallFire
HCL Sametime (formerly from IBM)
10.0

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