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What is 3CX?

3CX is an open standards IP PBX that offers complete Unified Communications, out of the box. Suitable for any business size or industry. With 3CX employees can work efficiently from anywhere. Video conferencing, live chat, mobile apps and advanced contact center features are all included at a fraction of the cost.
Choose to deploy on premise, in your private cloud account or opt for 3CX to host your PBX for you. Whatever your preference, you are guaranteed a hassle-free solution.

Who Uses 3CX?

3CX is an open standards IP PBX that offers complete Unified Communications, out of the box. Suitable for any business size or industry that wants to cut on telco costs.

3CX Software - With 3CX WordPress Chat plugin you can quickly and easily add live chat support to your WordPress website.
3CX Software - 3CX PRO offers a simple, intuitive call center management offers the information required to monitor call queues in real-time, ensuring that not a single inbound call is lost.
3CX Software - See all your team in one unified management console. Avoid unnecessary call transfers or voice mail tags, and make managing and working with remote employees easier than ever.
3CX Software - 3CX Webmeeting
3CX Software - 3CX’s Unified Communications solution sets itself apart with its easy installation and management. Setup takes minutes; the phone system will run on-premise on an existing Windows or Linux machine and can be virtualized on Hyper-V, VMware or KVM.

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Reviews of 3CX

Average score

Overall
4.4
Ease of Use
4.4
Customer Service
4.1
Features
4.4
Value for Money
4.3

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Robert
Robert
Head of IT in Australia
Verified LinkedIn User
Chemicals, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Full featured Hosted SIP VOIP solution

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Our on premise system had a number of issues. As it was not hosted it would only work in the office. Sometimes when we had an outage random users would lose their voicemail greetings. There was missing call queue and forwarding functionality that we required.

Pros:

Easy to implement. We converted over from our on premise Avaya system in less than an hour with little more than a couple of forms and spreadsheets to fill in. We have the option of the computer soft phone or the iOS app which means that people can decide how they receive/make "landline" calls. For thos in shared/high noise locations there are a number of voip deskphones that will also work. It gave us much better queue/forwarding functionality than we had before. Before this system any call forwarded to a mobile/another extension had the number of the extension doing the forward rather than the initial caller. Simple admin interface. Easy to use.

Cons:

There is no way to seperate the softphone volume from the generic computer volume so it can be quite a shock if you are doing something and the phone rings. There can also be annoying instances of the app trying to call on any number that you click on as it cannot identify phone neumbers. Minor things but room for improvement.

3CX Response

2 years ago

Hi Robert and thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a very good review. We hope you continue to have a good experience with 3CX. In regards to the cons you mention, if you have multiple speaker devices (computer, headset, monitor) you can select an individual device and set the ringer to be that and adjust the volume accordingly. If you wish, you can also exempt certain websites from having the numbers detected as telephone numbers, from the settings of the 3CX click-to-call extension.

Sam
Sam
Partner in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Logistics & Supply Chain, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

3CX is fine, but it is all about who handles the hosting

4.0 2 years ago

Comments: 3CX feels like it is a step up from a normal landline, but I don't see any wow factors that I feel like I could get from some of the other VoIP names. If you're looking for something less expensive than Ring Central, Phone.com, and OnSip, then you should be able to find a small VoIP provider willing to offer you a hosted package with 3CX for a lower price.

Pros:

3CX is straightforward. It seems to have all the necessary features for a small business. Still, as a business owner who cannot work on the admin side, I can only comment on the usability and stability. Compared to other softphone apps, I've never had significant issues. I use 3CX as a softphone on an iPhone, through a Yealink desk phone, via Chrome plugin, and on an iPad. Surprisingly, the limitations I see are not due to the daily functions. There are some features I would like, but there is nothing about this app that hinders my company's ability to operate without delay. We have users in China, Thailand, the Philippines, Jamacia, Venezuela, and the US. All locations work well, and the apps work even with limited internet access. There are times when the connection is not great, but this is usually due to the internet and not the apps.

Cons:

There is no way for my ringer on my softphone or desk phone to be customized to ring differently when someone calls my extension vs. ring group. I wish there were connectivity with Zapier so that I could push contacts from other services into our address book. It would be nice if the SMS chat feature worked more similarly to a shared inbox, where everyone could see it. You can only transfer the chat to another extension, which makes SMS hard to use as a group. Overall, the cons are not about the ability to use 3CX but the features I wish it had that could provide a better overall experience.

3CX Response

2 years ago

Hi Sam and thank you for your review! We are glad to hear that you are enjoying using our software and that it has helped you stay in touch with your employees throughout the world! Regarding the points you raised, desk phones can be configured to have distinctive ringtones for Queue Calls, so you should certainly consider switching to using Queues instead of Ring Groups. Apart from this, you would also get better reporting capabilities and a lot more polling strategies to choose from. For syncing you phonebook contacts, we do currently offer integration with Microsoft 365, but in the coming updates we will have a REST API that may also allow you to interact with the 3CX Phonebook, giving you the maximum flexibility in syncing your contacts between various platforms. Incoming SMS messages can be sent either to an Individual Extension or to a Queue, in which case all logged in members of that Queue will see incoming messages.

Joshua
Application Specialist in Australia
Retail, 201–500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

The foundation of communication

5.0 4 weeks ago New

Pros:

This basically is the foundation that helps our stores operate and our customer service team too. We use it for all internal communication that needs to be done over the phone and it enables us to get in contact with our stores to address issues without any fault. Our customer service team is able to be the first line of communication for our customers so that our store members can be focused on the customers that are physically there. Very rarily do we find times where the service is unable to achieve its purpose and its ability to scale effortlessly as our organisation grows is why we have used it for years on end and will continue to.

Cons:

It's native reporting is quite bare and for more complex reporting it requires a transformation outside of the platform to achieve so. The reporting can also be sometimes hard to maintain as you can't save reports that are only used on request requiring you to fill in all the fields and user extensions to report on. It can be also quite time consuming to make edits or changes as there a lot of nested menus and controls required that make you hop around quite a bit.

3CX Response

3 weeks ago

Hi Joshua, Thank you for your detailed review. We're glad to hear that 3CX has been essential for your stores' operations and customer service team. Regarding the reports, we're actively working on improving this in 3CX V20. Please keep an eye on our blogs and news for updates. Thank you for your continued feedback and support!

Jaqlyn
HR and Finance Manager in US
Automotive, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Works decent but needs to work out a few things

3.0 2 months ago New

Comments: Overall, this system is significantly better than what we had previously. The options of having call recordings and being able to go back for quality control or customer issues is worth having the system alone. We don't have much to compare to, as our previous phone system had not been updated in a couple decades, but the implementation process was completely handled for us which made everything simple and effective. As far as things they could do better, they could work on allowing users to be able to make changes to their call forwarding or be able to block of holidays instead of having to call any changes in.

Pros:

Previously, we had a phone system that was 20+ years old. Having some of the additional features like the phone call recording has been a game changer. Just the access to call recording alone has made us appreciate the switch to this new phone system.

Cons:

There are definitely some occasional frustrating issues. The system easily glitches, and if you so much as log in to the wrong account on the 3CX app/browser, it causes the system to go down. There was apparently a security issue with their desktop app that caused some type of data vulnerability, which is not really what you want to hear for a business system. The thing that is the most frustrating is that we cannot make any changes or customizations. For instance, our phones go straight to voicemail after hours and on weekends, but we cannot go in and make adjustments for holidays, which can be annoying when phone calls are rolling over to our cell phones on Christmas or something.

3CX Response

2 months ago

Hi Jaqlyn! Thank you for your positive comments. We're glad to hear the call recording feature has been beneficial for your business. Regarding your concerns, 3CX is indeed customizable. We recommend speaking with your IT team or the team who initially installed 3CX in your company. The system admin should be able to help with holiday settings and call forwarding adjustments.

Fabruzio
Technician in Italy
Information Technology & Services, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

3CX a good VOIP Software

4.0 2 months ago

Comments: VOIP is widely used today, so we needed a software to manage our calls. We choose 3CX for its reliability and its ease of use, anyone will quickly learn to use 3CX. A really good product, worth the price.

Pros:

I use 3cx at work to make and receive phone calls. The audio quality is good and the program is easy to set and configure. In the "mini pop-up" dashboard you can have a look at the other users and their status, make internal calls and forward the external calls. You can set your status from available to e.g. away or DND just with a click. I use 3CX mainly with headphones, setting the audio is quick and the call quality is good (obviously your line should be fast and stable enough). The program is automatically launched during windows startup and stays minimized in the task bar.

Cons:

Nothing to report, it works fine, the interface is simple and clear and I like the way was made.

3CX Response

2 months ago

Hello Fabruzio, Thank you for your detailed review! We're happy to hear that you find 3CX easy to set up, configure, and use for managing your calls with good audio quality. Your positive feedback on the user-friendly interface and functionality is much appreciated.