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CallCentric vs Alliance Phones
Compare CallCentric vs Alliance Phones. Find out whether CallCentric or Alliance Phones is better for your VoIP business or home needs. The experts at VoipReview have analyzed the strengths and weaknesses of CallCentric and Alliance Phones and detailed analysis of the comparison can be found below.
User Ratings & Reviews
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CallCentric is an internet phone service provider that uses either your computer or a telephone adapter to place calls via the internet. CallCentric allows for free calls to other CallCentric customers and low-...
Headquartered in South San Francisco, Alliance Phones specializes in cloud-based VoIP services for small and mid-sized businesses. Although relatively new to the industry (founded in 2012), Alliance Phones takes a straightforward approach to...
- Alliance Phones Easy Plus - $29.97
- Alliance Phones Effortless Plus - $19.97
- Alliance Phones Simplicity Plus - $24.97
- Metered Plan - $9.97
- Unlimited Tier - $19.97
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Recent User Reviews
I have had call centric for about 5 years now, they have had a few rough patches as well as some individuals taking advantage of their programs. The free phone number program is gone. Now there is a $1 per month DID charge but this is specifically restricted for limited residential use. If your use is for a home office or business purpose you have to go to a office unlimited plan for $8.95 per month and then add an outbound calling plan, i use the 120 min for $1.95 charge which includes the taxes related to 911 service. Overall I now pay $10.90 per month which is still less expensive than the other SIP plan providers. I like most of the features, but a little dejected that if you have voicemail activated then every call will end up routing to voicemail. For one of the numbers I had calls could not go to a voicemail. The only way to do that was to cancel the line and order a new account. Now that free phone number has stopped I have cancelled all the lines on that account and just have a internet phone number only with the voice mail. Once I get a routing program set to filter out calls not intended for the non vm company to the other account's internet number. For a small business you don't need anything really, but a few IP phones and order business unlimited DID if you need more than one channel, but still under the same number this can be ordered through the plan. You start with 3 trunk channels, so you may need to request more if you have 3 extensions and occasionally have folks holding for someone. channels include every inbound and outbound call or transfer call needed at any given time. So consider 6 to 9 a good starting point. The system also allows you to configure an auto attendant with call queueing for a team. When you want to move up you would need to configure a IP PBX (often setup on a home server) this is not for the light of heart and normally requires a pro to get everything set properly. But, a pro and IP PBX can leverage things like trunks in use BLF led's and reporting of calls received and average calls hold time in queue. It requires a skilled IP PBX programer to properly implement these but when they are done right they are wonderful.
After having constant trouble with my MagicJack phone and getting limited customer support to make it better I started a search to find a replacement. My primary concern was the cost, I wanted something super cheap because we don't use the home phone very much. I also wanted something that would allow me to block unwanted spam and telemarketing calls that MagicJack allowed (I sometimes suspect MJ sold my number because of the large number of unwanted calls I received). I purchased a used OBI-100 on Ebay to use as the adapter. It was super easy to configure and CallCentric was great about porting my number to them at no cost. Along the way I had several questions about the porting process and after that how to correctly configure my account to block the unwanted calls and allow my phone contacts to get directly through. Each time I contacted customer support (email only through their website) they were prompt, thorough and courteous with their reply. The amount of features offered and the ability to configure your account to accommodate your calling schedule is unbelievable. I was so impressed that I even wrote to customer service praising them with their efforts. I've often written reviews in the past of products or services that I was unhappy with but never one from a company that I would like to see succeed like CallCentric. If you're thinking about trying an internet phone company this is your best and least expensive alternative.
We moved from a traditional (non-voip) provider to 8x8 many years ago. I became accustomed to lousy support. After all, it seems to be the way of the world in these times. One day I just couldn't take it anymore. Our phones weren't working correctly, I couldn't get support on the phone and I started looking for a new provider. I was scared stiff. I had online sales customer service and 8 retail locations and no idea what rang where. Alliance held my hand through the transfer, put up with my state of panic and got everything working perfectly in short order. Fast forward years later and Alliance is my VOIP provider for 4 businesses. They provide service and phone numbers in Texas, New York (they even got me a 212 number) and Costa Rica. Yes, they got me local phone numbers in Jaco Costa Rica for RentRica. I recently ported my cell phone number to Alliance. They walked me through setting up a SIP app on my phone, helped me get SMS working and followed up to make sure everything was as it should be. I can only compare the phone service to 8x8 and it is night and day. But I can compare the support to every company I am forced to deal with every day. Alliance has better phone support than 99% of the companies I do business with and that is a very long list. To me, support after the sale is as important as the service provided.
We had previously tried VOIP with a large carrier. We consistently experienced dropped calls and it impacted our business. We decided to try Alliance. We could not have been more impressed. Their platform is amazing and has allowed all our offices in different locations to connect and feel like one office. The call quality is outstanding. Most importantly, Alliance’s customer service is exceptional. We are able to reach the Alliance team immediately and deal with the same great staff. With Alliance, there is no unending wait times and speaking to random individuals at a call centre. Their staff are informed and always have creative and resourceful suggestions to our requests and questions. We could not be more pleased to have transferred to Alliance and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a VOIP service provider. Thank you Alliance!