FreeConference.com vs. HCL Sametime

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FreeConference.com
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
FreeConference is a telephony and VoIP software solution from FreeConference.N/A
HCL Sametime
Score 7.6 out of 10
N/A
HCL Sametime (formerly IBM Lotus Sametime, acquired by HCL Technologies from IBM in 2018) is an enterprise-level unified communications and VoIP platform. It includes features such as instant messaging, web conferencing, voice and video integration, telephony capabilities, and presence information.N/A
Pricing
FreeConference.comHCL Sametime
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FreeConference.comHCL Sametime
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
FreeConference.comHCL Sametime
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
FreeConference.comHCL Sametime
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
FreeConference.com
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
HCL Sametime
8.4
7 Ratings
2% above category average
Call reports10.01 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Hosted PBX00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)00 Ratings9.02 Ratings
User templates00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Directory of employee names00 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeConference.com
9.0
3 Ratings
6% above category average
HCL Sametime
8.0
8 Ratings
5% below category average
Call recording9.03 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Answering rules00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Call park00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Call screening00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Message alerts00 Ratings8.06 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
FreeConference.com
8.0
3 Ratings
3% below category average
HCL Sametime
8.0
6 Ratings
3% below category average
Video conferencing8.02 Ratings8.06 Ratings
Audio conferencing8.03 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Video screen sharing00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Instant messaging00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Mobile apps
Comparison of Mobile apps features of Product A and Product B
FreeConference.com
-
Ratings
HCL Sametime
8.0
8 Ratings
4% below category average
Mobile app for iOS00 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Mobile app for Android00 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Best Alternatives
FreeConference.comHCL Sametime
Small Businesses
CloudTalk
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Score 9.5 out of 10
CloudTalk
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Score 9.5 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.5 out of 10
CloudTalk
CloudTalk
Score 9.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Cisco Business Edition 7000 (discontinued)
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
FreeConference.comHCL Sametime
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(3 ratings)
7.0
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(4 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
FreeConference.comHCL Sametime
Likelihood to Recommend
iotum
FreeConference.com is best suited when the big-name video conferencing brands are simply not working. It offers an alternative when compatibility seems to be an issue when attempting to video conference. It is less appropriate for first invitations since most people are not familiar with the brand.
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HCL Technologies
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.
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Pros
iotum
  • I love the ability to make long distance calls without charge.
  • I was delighted when they added the ability to screen share and show my slides to my customers.
  • I also love that FreeConference.com immediately provides replays of your meetings - in case somebody wasn't able to attend live.
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HCL Technologies
  • 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.
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Cons
iotum
  • Not being able to use 800 number (toll free).
  • The website interface could be spruced up a bit.
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HCL Technologies
  • Not convenient for a large group meeting.
  • Very basic tool for internal communication only not available for third party communication
  • Very basic and limited mobile app features.
  • High speed connection is needed to connect to Sametime
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Likelihood to Renew
iotum
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HCL Technologies
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.
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Usability
iotum
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HCL Technologies
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.
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Reliability and Availability
iotum
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HCL Technologies
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.
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Performance
iotum
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HCL Technologies
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
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Support Rating
iotum
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HCL Technologies
I have not needed to use the Sametime support team. Our local support team was able to configure it for me.
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Alternatives Considered
iotum
Call quality is very similar to the above products. However, most of our community partners and collaborators are not aware of FreeConference and are thus less able to utilize it without prompting and sometimes assistance from us.
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HCL Technologies
We use Jabber globally in our company and Symphony (no relevant app in able list) in some of the teams as well. All these are instant messenger tools, but Sametime is the easiest one to be used and its chat history is easy to be searched. Sametime can be used to contact almost all internal staff as it’s included in default computer package. Symphony is used to chat with front end business while Jabber is used for call.
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Scalability
iotum
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HCL Technologies
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.
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Return on Investment
iotum
  • BEST ROI ever! It's all free and has let me access people globally. Thanks!
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HCL Technologies
  • Sametime keeps many of our team members in contact throughout the day which leads to increased productivity which makes everyone happy.
  • We use the team chat room feature every day. This allows a team to stay focused on the task without any extra messages that are not on topic.
  • The split between IBM Sametime, Slack and Google Hangouts has caused some issues when team members are not checking for messages on a certain app.
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