Smith.ai Virtual Receptionists vs. Alert Communications: In-Depth Comparison

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Smith.ai: The best alternative to Alert Communications

Costs
Free trial
14 days
NO
Pricing
Per call
Per minute
Cost
$5–$7/call
$1.90–$2.48/min
Starting cost
$140/month
$495/month
Setup fee
NO
Info unavailable
Spam & sales calls
Free
$2.48 per minute
Wrong numbers
Included
$2.48 per minute
Required deposit
NO
YES
Capabilities
Calls answered 24/7
North America-based receptionists
Lead qualification
New lead intake
Appointment scheduling
Payment collection
Call screening, routing & prioritization
Zip code lookup
Operator service
Warm transfer
Call transfers via SMS & Slack
Instant call summaries by email & SMS
Daily call summaries
Email, SMS, Slack
Receptionists make calls for you
Same per-call pricing. Comes from your #.
Spanish-speaking receptionists
Integrated technology
Call tracking dashboard
CSV upload for whitelist / blocked numbers
CRM, intake & marketing software
Calendaring software
Invoices and payments
Zapier
SMS & Slack
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Smith.ai’s receptionists use AI technology to personalize calls, screen & intake leads, and schedule appointments at flat, predictable prices. Alert Communications charges per-minute for custom services.

Outsourced receptionists are most valuable when they sound and act like they are sitting in your office. Smith.ai receptionists (backed by our proprietary technology) answer every call with your custom instructions, the caller’s location, and notes on previous calls with that person. That way, they can proceed comfortably to scheduling appointments, taking payments, qualifying leads, basic intake. All this for a flat per-call fee.

Alert Communications can offer similar services including intake and scheduling, but you’re paying per minute for each call. Their receptionists are likely to take their time with longer intake — frustrating new leads. This could lead to high costs for you and fewer callers converted to new clients.

What else causes high prices with Alert Communications? Charging for spam and wrong numbers, which can really add up since they offer 24/7 service. It’s no wonder that their plans start at almost $500 per month. Smith.ai offers 24/7 answering too, but we only charge for the calls you want — which means those midnight spam, sales calls, or wrong numbers won't count against your quota. Our plans start at $140/month, which is achievable for every business.

There are several other features that set Smith.ai ahead of Alert Communications: we can send alerts and transfer notices via email, text message, and Slack; our platform integrates with Zapier (and therefore hundreds of other platforms); we can connect multiple lines to provide an operator service; we have a call-tracking dashboard so you can check lead conversion; and we integrate directly with 30+ CRM, billing, and scheduling platforms (your first CRM integration is free, too).

For personalized answering, predictable pricing, lower starting monthly costs, more platform integrations, and AI-assisted professional and friendly receptionists, businesses prefer Smith.ai to Alert Communications.

THE BASICS!

  • Receptionists on duty 24/7. Forward all calls or overflow only.
  • Lead qualification & intake with CRM integration for complete workflows
  • Payment collection, with integration to your credit card processing software
  • Appointment & call-back scheduling, with calendar software integration
  • Outbound calls: web-form follow-ups, work status updates & appointment reminders
  • Spam & sales call blocking, call screening & prioritization, plus VIP pass-throughs
Text answering
We capture leads & help clients who text you — with live agents & AI

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“I rely on Smith.ai to handle all of my firm's calls. Their intake process integrates with my practice management software, which saves me time. Plus, their professionalism means I pay a fraction of the cost of an in-house receptionist without sacrificing quality. I recommend Smith.ai to every attorney I see.”

Regina Edwards
Edwards Family Law

“Having someone professionally answer our phones is essential to operating a business. We engaged with Smith about 3 months ago and have been extremely pleased with the service they are providing us. They are very flexible and their integration with technology has functionally made a huge difference for us. I receive a SMS message and an email within seconds of a call with all pertinent information regarding the call. They ensure critical calls make it through to me and sales calls are screened. This makes my day much more productive and we get a professional service answering the phones.”

"Smith.ai has been a major hack into improving my business flow. Playing phone tag with potential clients and constantly getting interrupted with sales calls was so tiresome. Smith.ai has completely alleviated this problem. They screen all calls that come into my main office number so only critical calls get through to me, and they schedule appointments with potential clients after having carefully screened them through my intake process. I now save so much time and only have quality appointments booked. Less stress, more appointments. It's a total win!"

“Having real, live people answering the phone has made a huge difference in the volume of my practice, and I'm all about Smith.ai's technology-driven approach. I can focus on my clients without interruptions from sales calls and spammers, yet I remain in the loop when I'm in court or a meeting thanks to their text summaries. I love that Smith.ai manages my web chats now, too! They're a total time-saver for a solopreneur like me.”

Justie Nicol
Nicol Law Offices

“Smith.ai has been integral to my business at CMIT Solutions of Morristown. Their service was extremely easy to set up and they have been extremely professional with their customer care. Having a live-answer service handle all my incoming calls gives my business a level of professionalism that it was missing and allows me to easily prioritize all of my call-backs. I highly recommend Smith.ai to any business looking for a live-answer service.”

"As small business owners, it is very important to have a professional image with a quick response to our phone calls. We are at ease knowing that our clients are being greeted with a professional, friendly and upbeat voice when they call our office. The message taking is very clear, concise and effective, and allows our contact with our clients to be frictionless, effective and progressive. The service quality and superior communication skills of the Smith.ai team makes them a true extension of our office."

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Starter
$140
Per Month
20
Receptionist Calls
1
Transfer Destination
$7/Call after 20
Basic
$300
Per Month
50
Receptionist Calls
2
Transfer Destinations
$6/Call after 50
Pro
$600
Per Month
120
Receptionist
Calls
5
Transfer Destinations
$5/Call after 120
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We integrate with your software

Contacts and call notes are logged in your systems, including CRM, intake, calendaring, and billing software

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