Some telephone answering services offer free trials. We did the research to find out more details. Contact us for the full results, but read the summary of the results here.
The free trial searches
We read the terms and conditions of almost 30 virtual receptionists / telephone answering services to see which ones offer a free trial. Here's what we found.
- Many phone answering services offer free trials. But not all.
- Some virtual receptionists offer 7, 14 or even 30 day free trials
- A few answering services offer 30 day money back guarantees. Usually, these guarantees have limits (such as a dollar limit, or number of minutes used limit).
Here are the results of our research. We have hidden the names of the answering services so that we can more easily maintain and update this table. If you want the full results with the company names, please contact us.
|Provider||Free Trial?||Billing Unit|
|Four||Money Back Guarantee||Unknown|
|Sixteen||Money back gurantee||Unknown|
What does a “free trial” of a phone answering service include?
What you get in a free trial of a phone answering service varies from provider to provider. Here are a few examples of the offer language from different virtual receptionist services:
Abby Connect Free Trial language
Live Receptionist Free Trial
Abby Connect offers first-time Live Receptionist customers the opportunity to sign up for a 14-day free trial solely for purposes of evaluating the Live Receptionist Services. You can initiate a free trial by calling us and completing setup of your trial account. The 14-day free trial is limited to 500 Receptionist Minutes (as defined below). If you exceed 500 Receptionist Minutes during your free trial, you may continue to use the Live Receptionist Services on a paid-subscription basis.
Upon conclusion of your free trial, you will lose access to the Live Receptionist Services unless you register for a paid subscription under a Live Receptionist Pricing Plan (described below) or a Custom Plan.from abby.com
Ruby Receptionists Free Trial language
Free Trial or Money Back Guarantee. A new Customer’s subscription may start with a free trial or an introductory period during which we give you a money back guarantee. If granted to you, the free trial period or the money back guarantee introductory period, as applicable, lasts for the time period specified when you sign up as a Customer. Please note that we will convert your Customer account from a free trial account to a subscription account at the end of the free trial period, unless you cancel your subscription prior to the end of the free trial period. Free trials and money back guarantees are only available to new Customers who have never previously signed up for any of our Services. A Customer that receives either a free trial or a money back guarantee will not be eligible for either option in the future. Additional conditions, restrictions, or limitations may apply to a free trial or money back guarantee, which we will explain when you sign up as a Customer.from ruby.com
AnsweringServiceCare 21 day money back guarantee
A new client subscription with Answering Service Care (ASC) may start with a money-back guarantee period. If granted to a qualifying new client subscription by ASC at the point of sale, the money-back guarantee period will last for the first twenty-one (21) days or the first five hundred (500) minutes of usage, whichever occurs sooner. New Clients that cancel services prior to the end of the money-back guarantee period will receive a full refund; please allow four (4) weeks for processing. This special offer is for new clients only. Prior recipients of an ASC money-back guarantee and/or temporary/seasonal clients are not eligible for this offer.from answeringservicecare.com
ReceptionHQ free trial offer
Trial Period. Subject to these Terms, RHQ may provide to Customer a live receptionist answering service (“Trial Service”) during a trial period commencing on Customer’s registration with RHQ and expiring within a number of days specified by RHQ, which period may be extended or shortened by RHQ in its discretion provided the Customer is notified (such period, “Trial Service Term”). Customer acknowledges and agrees that the scope and details of the Trial Service will be determined by RHQ in its discretion. The Trial Service is not applicable for prior Customers of RHQ, casual Customers or new Customers that require RHQ Services for promotional or advertising campaifrom receptionhq.com
Answering Service Free Trial FAQs
Yes, many live answering services do. Free trials seem to range from 7 day free trials to 30 day free trials. You may also want to consider services that offer money back guarantees (which is similar to a free trial as it removes your risk).
For the most part, yes. But keep in mind that you may be charged for “usage” of talk minutes, text messages, etc. Read the terms and conditions of these free offers closely or ask the sales person to put it in writing for you. Also, don't let this turn you off — what you really need in a free trial is access to the services so that you can do a fair assessment of whether the virtual reception services will work for your business.
Again, it depends on which telephone answering service provider you are doing a free trial with. Some offer one week free trials. Some offer fourteen day trials, and some offer up to 30 days of free trials.