Getting started with a virtual receptionist service should be as easy and affordable as possible. That’s why Smith.ai starts with a free 20-call / 14-day free trial, to help us establish your call volume and fine-tune our custom instructions. Setup and adjustments are always free and we start our plans at an affordable price for small businesses.
AnswerConnect doesn’t offer a free trial, they have a setup fee, and their lowest priced plan is over twice the cost of Smith.ai’s. So you’re paying a lot just to get started and try out their service. And since they charge per minute, instead of per call, monthly charges could range widely and be far less predictable. You probably know about how many calls a month you have, but not how many minutes your callers are on the phone.
Lastly, AnswerConnect doesn’t offer the same depth of features as Smith.ai: They don’t accept payments, set up conference calling, have zip code searches or caller history, or transfer calls via SMS and Slack. Smith.ai receptionists use these features to make both you and your callers feel like we are sitting in your office.
For a free trial, no setup fees, lower starting costs, free handling of spam, sales calls, and wrong numbers of any size, predictable pricing, and tech-enabled friendly and professional receptionists, businesses prefer Smith.ai to AnswerConnect.
“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.”
“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.”
“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."