FreeConferenceCall.com vs. HCL Sametime

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
FreeConferenceCall.com
Score 5.6 out of 10
N/A
FreeConferenceCall.com is a free audio conferencing solution with features such as audio and video conferencing, screen-sharing, call recording, transcribed keywords, one-click web controls, transcribed keywords, instant messaging, and integrations with Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar.
$4
per month
HCL Sametime
Score 7.8 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
FreeConferenceCall.comHCL Sametime
Editions & Modules
Suggested Amount
$4
per month
Average Amount
$8.21
per month
Market Rate
$15
per month
Pay what you can
Customized
No answers on this topic
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
FreeConferenceCall.comHCL Sametime
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsFreeconferencecall.com is completely free and only asks customers for contributions. The above prices represent suggested monthly payments but also allow customers to pay what they think is fair.
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Community Pulse
FreeConferenceCall.comHCL Sametime
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
FreeConferenceCall.comHCL Sametime
Cloud PBX
Comparison of Cloud PBX features of Product A and Product B
FreeConferenceCall.com
8.7
10 Ratings
9% above category average
HCL Sametime
8.4
7 Ratings
6% above category average
Hosted PBX9.03 Ratings9.02 Ratings
Multi-level Interactive Voice Response (IVR)10.02 Ratings9.02 Ratings
User templates7.52 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Call reports8.18 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Directory of employee names00 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Call Management
Comparison of Call Management features of Product A and Product B
FreeConferenceCall.com
8.0
8 Ratings
3% below category average
HCL Sametime
8.0
8 Ratings
3% below category average
Answering rules8.01 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Call recording8.18 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Call park8.02 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Call screening8.03 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Message alerts8.04 Ratings8.06 Ratings
VoIP system collaboration
Comparison of VoIP system collaboration features of Product A and Product B
FreeConferenceCall.com
6.4
10 Ratings
22% below category average
HCL Sametime
8.0
6 Ratings
0% above category average
Video conferencing4.76 Ratings8.06 Ratings
Audio conferencing4.710 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Video screen sharing8.05 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Instant messaging8.03 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Mobile apps
Comparison of Mobile apps features of Product A and Product B
FreeConferenceCall.com
8.0
2 Ratings
1% below category average
HCL Sametime
8.0
8 Ratings
1% below category average
Mobile app for iOS8.02 Ratings8.08 Ratings
Mobile app for Android8.02 Ratings8.07 Ratings
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FreeConferenceCall.comHCL Sametime
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
FreeConferenceCall.comHCL Sametime
Likelihood to Recommend
5.2
(12 ratings)
7.0
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.5
(3 ratings)
8.3
(4 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
FreeConferenceCall.comHCL Sametime
Likelihood to Recommend
FreeConferenceCall.com
FreeConferenceCall is well suited for a low price service to connect with others. The onboarding is super simple and easy to use. The ability to record to the cloud is also useful. The ability to host a large number of people is great. The only scenario I can think of less appropriate is that the interface just looks a bit dated, so maybe it is not the best for the wow factor of dealing with clients.
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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
FreeConferenceCall.com
  • The online portal to access call details and recordings is very easy to use.
  • The functions that are offered beyond the free plan are competitive with other providers.
  • I feel that our calls are secure with our own personal access codes and the same number always being used.
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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
FreeConferenceCall.com
  • Recently callers cannot get onto the call
  • Users on the call get bumped off
  • Non-transparent policy about why problems are occurring. If FreeConferenceCall.com can't reliably provide free service, just tell me that rather than blaming it on a law that changed and local carriers causing the problems. The real problem is that the law did recently change, which allowed companies like FreeConferenceCall.com to collect a revenue share for all calls placed through certain hubs--even free calls. This loophole was removed recently, and I believe the service issues I've been experiencing are being used to extort users to buy a paid service in order to receive trouble-free service.
  • I found customer service representatives rude and dismissive
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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
FreeConferenceCall.com
It is so user friendly.
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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
FreeConferenceCall.com
I am and have been extremely pleased with my use of this product.
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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
FreeConferenceCall.com
No answers on this topic
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
FreeConferenceCall.com
No answers on this topic
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
FreeConferenceCall.com
I haven't had the need to call for any support at all yet for FreeConferenceCall.com. It has just worked splendidly for me. That being said, when I first downloaded it and got started using it there was a wizard which made every section and button very clear on what it does. It was easy to get started by following the wizard. I imagine then that their customer service will be just as good.
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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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Implementation Rating
FreeConferenceCall.com
It's a no brainer!
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HCL Technologies
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
FreeConferenceCall.com
So this doesn't have the polish that say Zoom or Teams has, but for free, you can't complain. The real big unknown is anything to do with security where a product like Teams is great. Zoom and Teams seem to have become standard that everyone has installed and is familiar with, but the adjustment to FCC is pretty fast and painless.
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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
FreeConferenceCall.com
No answers on this topic
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
FreeConferenceCall.com
  • We pay next to nothing for our access and it creates a professional means of connecting with our clients.
  • Connecting via FreeConferenceCall.com has helped our business stay afloat during this challenging time by giving us multiple ways to connect with our clients.
  • FreeConferenceCall.com has allowed our team to more efficiently collaborate by being able to access calls even when they aren't able to be present during the live conversation.
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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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