Grasshopper vs. RingCentral

A few reasons why Grasshopper is the obvious choice among RingCentral competitors:

Unlimited users at no extra cost
Unlimited toll-free minutes and texts
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All the communication tools your business needs to sound big and grow.


Affordable pricing for any small business

Grasshopper is a cheaper alternative to RingCentral. As your business grows, Grasshopper grows with you as you can add unlimited users at no extra cost. With RingCentral, you are required to pay per user. If you have 2 users on your account, the lowest RingCentral plan will cost you $59.99 a month.


Simple, full feature plans with no hidden costs

All Grasshopper plans offer inbound faxing, voicemail transcription, main greetings, and call management/routing. In addition, Grasshopper has unlimited extensions, toll-free minutes, users, and texting and will not charge extra for vanity numbers. With RingCentral, you will need to pay extra for inbound faxing.


Multiple numbers for your business

If your business requires multiple numbers or flexibility in call routing, Grasshopper gives you the ability to have more than one toll-free, local, or vanity number. You can even have one of each! RingCentral only allows for one business phone number in all of its plans and requires you to pay an extra monthly fee to add additional toll-free or local numbers. If you need an additional vanity number, RingCentral will charge you a one-time fee of $30.


Automatically respond to new callers

Instant response helps reduce the risk that your customers might call someone else when you can't answer. When you miss a call from a new contact, Grasshopper can send them a pre-written, automatic text response from you. They can text you back with additional information, or even schedule a time to talk.

A virtual phone system in your pocket.

Grasshopper gives you the features you need to stay connected on the go.


Desktop + Mobile Apps

Stay connected with Grasshopper on your desktop, iPhone or Android device.

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Business Texting

Provide updates and quick replies via text messaging on your business number.

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Call Forwarding

Route business calls to your personal phone or to another team member.

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Voicemail Transcription

Get your voicemails transcribed so you can read them without having to listen to the message!

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VoIP/Wi-Fi Calling

Use your internet connection to make and receive calls when cell reception is poor.

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Set up a voicemail for business calls and get MP3s of your messages through email.

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Simultaneous Call Handling

Take calls from multiple people at the same time so no one hears a busy signal.

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Virtual Fax

Have incoming faxes delivered as PDF attachments right to your email inbox.

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Give employees or departments extensions with their own call forwarding rules.

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Custom Greetings

Record professional messages that welcome your customers when they call in.

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Incoming Call Control

Screen callers, block calls and set up custom schedules for your business hours.

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Call Transfers

Place callers on hold and even transfer them to another number when needed.

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Keep your finger on the pulse of your business with detailed call reports.

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Business Phone Number

Choose from our inventory of vanity, local, or toll-free numbers. Or port your own for free!


Instant Response

Automatically send a text to new callers when you can’t answer their call.

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Ruby Receptionist

Live US-based receptionists can help answer your Grasshopper calls! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does RingCentral work? Is it different from Grasshopper?

Both Grasshopper and RingCentral are cloud phone systems that leverage virtual pbx technology to place calls over network connections, eliminating the need for landlines. Both Grasshopper and RingCentral have business VoIP services to place calls over the internet as well.

Is there a fee to port my number to RingCentral?

Both Grasshopper and RingCentral offer free number porting.

Do Grasshopper and RingCentral require any hardware?

No. Grasshopper and RingCentral are virtual phone systems and work with you and your employees’ mobile phones. RingCentral offers 3rd party desk phones for purchase with its enterprise phone services.

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