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October 15th, 2009, 07:25 AM #1My magicJack Experience
I had watched a few YouTube videos on people trying out/reviewing MagicJack last week. When I was at Walmart last night, I saw magicJack at the checkout counter along with the other "as seen on TV" products and decided to give it a try. I figured it was worth a shot at $39. If it was total crap, then not much harm done at that price.
I plugged my phone into the MJ adapter, and then plugged the MJ adapter into the USB port of my laptop. It then automatically installed the software. After registering the product, mainly for 911 purposes, I was all ready to go. From start to finish, it took about 5 minutes.
I have made about 4 calls and received 3 calls from various friends and family members and honestly the sound/line quality is as good as my landline phone so far. I currently have VoIP service with at&t strictly for business calls since I work from home. I plan to cancel that service and strictly use MJ as a replacement.
My at&t VoIP plan is $36 per month with tax. In a years time, I have been spending $432 ($36 x 12). With MJ, it will cost $39 for the first year and probably $20 per year after the first year.
I am surprisingly pleased with the service so far. The price is unbeatable. Hopefully, the quality continues.
Last edited by Uncle Rico; October 15th, 2009 at 07:38 AM.
October 15th, 2009, 07:53 AM #2
I've been looking at this for awhile but have. Questions - may I pick your brain a bit?
What happens to incoming phone calls when you have the computer switched off?
Did you have to get a new number or does manic Jack accept your current number?
Can you install this on two computers (the software, I mean) using the same phone number and just move the Jack back and forth?
October 15th, 2009, 08:01 AM #3
1. Calls will go straight to you voicemail.
2. I had to pick a new number. Don't think you can transfer your current number.
October 15th, 2009, 08:05 AM #4
Thank you for the info and the quick reply. After install - all calls are free? Incoming, outgoing, domestic, international? Voicemail comes with it or can you (should you) use google voice mail?
October 15th, 2009, 08:21 AM #5
Free Long Distance to US and Canada
Free Directory Assistance
Free Phone Number
You will need to purchase minutes for international calling. For example, you can call to China for $0.02 per minute.
October 15th, 2009, 08:25 AM #6
Thanks again. With all the initial bad reports when this was released, I stayed away. I will revisit now.
October 15th, 2009, 08:48 AM #7
My wife had pushed me last year to try magicJack and I told her it looked like a real hokey setup and wasn't interested. Given the line quality I have, I am more than happy to save $400 per year. An added bonus is that I can take MJ with me when I travel.
October 15th, 2009, 09:46 AM #8
Thanks for sharing that Seymour. I'm always looking for ways to trim costs that work, and I probably wouldn't have considered MJ without your testimonial.
I just discovered where your avatar came from and got a big laugh seeing the More Cowbell videos on YouTube. I had always thought that was your picture.
October 15th, 2009, 09:51 AM #9
The "more cowbell" skit on SNL is one of my all time favorites.
October 15th, 2009, 10:27 AM #10
I've never understood (haven't really tried) "the technology" behind this.
Is it VOIP/packeting? If not, what the heck is the technology behind MagicJack? At one point the advertisements appeared to suggest that calls were made over the electric wires . . but since I tend to see these ads in the late night, sleep deprived hours, it might be my mind playing tricks on me.
Or maybe it's the power of suggestion . . . You know . . MAGICjack . .
How's it work SB? Thanks.I'll get the hang of it eventually. :0)
October 15th, 2009, 10:35 AM #11
It's definately a VoIP communication method.
October 15th, 2009, 11:27 AM #12
I've been seeing tons of ads for MagicJack now at $19.99
Why not use Google Voice? Completely free, including long distance..
Or, for $1.95/month you can use Skype Out, and not have to have your computer turned on..
October 15th, 2009, 11:37 AM #13
I've seen the MagicJack stuff and thought about it, as well as other VOIP phone solutions. Unfortunately, I cannot get "naked DSL" and getting cable broadband for Internet is simply too expensive for me.
Hence, to use MagicJack, I think I would have to continue paying for my ATT landline service, plus my continued ATT DSL -- or I wouldn't be able to use the MagicJack, right?
So in my case, I can't figure out a way to save money on the deal.
I would love to get rid of the expense of my landline and go with VOIP of some sort.Generate more fake news.
October 15th, 2009, 11:42 AM #14
I thought you could get at&t DSL without having to get their local phone service.
October 15th, 2009, 11:43 AM #15Originally Posted by SeymourButtsGenerate more fake news.
October 15th, 2009, 12:59 PM #16Or, for $1.95/month you can use Skype Out, and not have to have your computer turned on..
October 15th, 2009, 01:11 PM #17Originally Posted by John Powell
Monthly subscription rates
Once you buy some Skype credit, or get a monthly subscription, log into your account and go to Skype To Go number, and you can set up your local access number..
October 15th, 2009, 06:08 PM #18
CA is also not one of those states. They are very clear that you have to have a landline in order to get DSL service. Probably the only way they can sell landlines these days. Also shooting them in the foot though, as that's part of why we switched to cable. Figured we'd rather pay for basic cable TV which we'll use occasionally as opposed to a landline, which we would almost never use.
Originally Posted by writerguy
October 16th, 2009, 03:48 PM #19Originally Posted by writerguy
They charge another $10/mo for DSL without at least a basic landline. Cost of the cheapest super-basic landline? $10/mo! They will also charge to buy the modem ($69) if you don't have the landline. With the landline, it's included at no extra cost.
So here, you "can" do it without a landline...but if you do, you lose money.There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway
October 16th, 2009, 03:52 PM #20
Since my OP, I have made at least 15 more calls and the sound quality is still great.
October 16th, 2009, 04:12 PM #21
Seymour, hope you are putting this testimonial is some kinda blog and slapping your links on it.
October 16th, 2009, 05:57 PM #22
I've got some Magic Jack moments that I can't share here -
I bought one MJ subscription about a year ago.
Hated the roller coaster bill I got from AT&T.
After about 3 months, got one for my daughter's line.
2 months later, hooked one up in my grand daughters room.
No real complaints.
Every now and then, it shuts off in the middle of a call.
You can't hear them or they can't hear you....
Then I tell myself it's $19.95 a year and I'm good.
Best investment I've made lately....
BTW! If your computer is off and you get a call, it still emails you with the voice-mails.
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