vs. AnswerConnect: Live Answering Service Comparison


If business calls are interrupting your day and affecting your productivity, it’s time to seek out help from a live answering service. But how do you decide from the many available options? Today, we compare virtual receptionists to AnswerConnect.

Setup Fees & Contracts


  • $49.99 setup fee
  • No free trial or money-back guarantee
  • No contract

Discussion: offers a 14-day money-back guarantee, and we don’t charge you a setup fee. AnswerConnect, however, does not provide a free trial period and they charge a non-refundable setup fee. Neither company enforces a contract, offering plans monthly that can be renewed or cancelled without penalty at any time.

Monthly Plans and AnswerConnect offer the following monthly service plans:

  • $255 for 30 live receptionist calls and 1 live transfer number
  • $675 for 90 live receptionist calls and 2 live transfer numbers
  • $1,170 for 180 live receptionist calls and 5 live transfer numbers
  • Custom plans available
  • 10% annual discount when paid up front


  • $149 for 100 minutes
  • $269 for 225 minutes
  • $299 for 325 minutes
  • $549 for 600 minutes
  • $949 for 1050 minutes
  • $1349 for 1550 minutes
  • Custom plans available

Discussion: charges per call, not per minute, which means your monthly bill is more predictable — it won't go up or down due to particularly chatty callers, as long as you remain within reasonable use.

More importantly, though, doesn't charge for any spam, sales calls, or wrong numbers. And all of our prices are flat fees. So you can easily calculate the return on your investment without getting bogged down in the details of how long someone was on the phone or whether the call was viable.

Coverage Costs

  • $9.50/call on the $255/month plan
  • $8.50/call on the $675/month plan
  • $7.50/call on the $1,170/month plan


  • $1.49 per additional minute on the $149.99/month plan
  • $0.99 per minute on all other plans

Features and AnswerConnect offer the following similar features:

  • Lead capture & lead intake form completion
  • Custom call scripts
  • Appointment scheduling
  • CRM integration
  • North America-based receptionists
  • Live web chat
  • Bilingual answering available
  • 24/7 live call answering has the following additional features:

AnswerConnect offers the following additional features:

  • Calls under 30 seconds are free

Discussion: and AnswerConnect both deliver the essentials: customized call answering procedures, lead capturing, and appointment scheduling. Notably, both also offer U.S.-based receptionists who are well versed in the business etiquette and customs American customers expect.

However, has an edge in two important ways: our receptionists are able to make outbound calls on behalf of your business (appointment reminders, work status updates, and more), and they are able to not just capture new leads, but also qualify them. Would you rather get 50 completed lead forms that you have to manually review to see whether they're good prospective clients who will be able to pay your fees and reside within your service area, or would you prefer to have those leads already vetted for you based on a series of intake questions? Your receptionists will ask the necessary questions upfront so every new lead we pass along is worth your time to review.


If all your business needs is someone to answer the phone, take notes, and schedule a simple appointment, AnswerConnect offers a fine service.

But if you're looking to give callers the experience of an in-house receptionist, where the person on the phone with your customers is so well informed about your business that it seems they're sitting right in your office, is the superior choice. We seamlessly integrate with your business and the systems it runs on, and serve as your customer's first point of contact, so you only handle calls that truly need your personal attention. Client Testimonial

Don't just take our word for it! Here's what one happy client had to say:

“This company has changed the face of my business image from embarrassing to impressive. The folks here really go WAY beyond the call of duty, and they do it the way American clients are accustomed to. Beautiful. And the cost? Just silly low. I can't brag loudly enough about my partners.”

- Emmett “Corky” Kaericher, Visual Workforce, LLC

Learn More About virtual receptionists are trained to learn your business and build a relationship with your customers. Discuss your options with us by signing up for a free consultation with our team or get started risk-free with our 14-day money-back guarantee!

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Written by Angie Wilson
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