Smith.ai Virtual Receptionists vs. AnswerForce:
In-Depth Comparison

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Smith.ai: The best alternative to AnswerForce

Costs
Free trial
14 days
30-day money-back guarantee
Pricing
Per call
Per minute
Cost
$5–$7/call
$1.11–$1.29/min
Starting cost
$140/month
$129/month
Setup fee
NO
$0–$99
Spam & sales calls
Free
$1.29 per minute
Wrong numbers
Free
$1.29 per minute
Capabilities
Calls answered 24/7
North America-based receptionists
Some
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 #.
Form follow-up only
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 offer personalized lead qualification, outgoing calls, and custom intake. AnswerForce will leave you with less satisfied leads and more follow-up work.

At Smith.ai, our receptionists are your receptionists: They’ll call someone for you, book appointments, take payments for consults and outstanding invoices, fill out short intake forms, take all your calls for the next hour, you name it! AnswerForce simply doesn’t offer as many options. They don’t qualify your leads, they only make outgoing calls in certain circumstances, and they don’t take payments or offer any intake services. Smith.ai is the clear option if you’re looking for an extension of your office.

You can experience Smith.ai’s receptionists service with a free trial, and then our plans are month-to-month with no setup fee. AnswerForce’s lower-tier plans both come with a $99 setup fee. And since they don’t have a free trial, the lowest price to try is $228, which can be expensive for small businesses looking for affordable options. Furthermore, Smith.ai doesn’t charge for any spam, sales calls, or wrong numbers; you’ll lose at least a minute each with AnswerForce.

Both receptionist services have many CRM and scheduling integration options, but AnswerForce’s website doesn’t mention anything about the people answering your calls. Smith.ai’s virtual receptionists are U.S.-based professionals, hired with backgrounds in customer service and hospitality, and highly trained and tested on providing the best service. Our tech feeds them your business information and call directions, so they can 100% focus on friendly conversations with your clients and leads.

For more qualified leads, lower starting costs, a free trial, free first CRM integration, predictable pricing, and extremely professional receptionists, businesses prefer Smith.ai to AnswerForce.

THE BASICS!

  • Live receptionists on duty 24/7. Forward all incoming calls or overflow phone calls only.
  • Lead qualification & client intake with CRM integration for complete workflows
  • Payment collection, with integration to your credit card processing software
  • Appointment setting & 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
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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 one of the key reasons I was able to grow from a solopreneur to an 8 person team!

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
Custom pricing is available. Just let us know what you need!

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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

Small businesses trust Smith.ai for superior receptionist services

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