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magicJack: PC to Phone Jack
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- magicJack is free for first year
- Each magicJack includes a free phone number to receive call from anyone in the world
- Free outbound local and long distance calls
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Add magicJack Telephone Adapter to your PC and you can make telephone calls within the USA and Canada for FREE! Skype uses a peer-to-peer network, whereas magicJack uses a dedicated telephone networkOther VoIP carriers do not have dedicated telephone networks, and lease this service from other companies. That means higher costs and poorer reliability. magicJack uses its own dedicated telephone network. You can use magicJack with either a regular telephone handset, or with a headset. You can also use both, and switch between the two. You can move magicJack between Internet providers. You can use magicJack from anywhere in the world (where broadband web access is available). It requires - PC - Windows XP or Vista operating system; (Mac/Apple expected soon); Broadband, high-speed internet, cable internet, DSL - WiFi - WiMax magicJack comes with an easy-to-use device to allow you to use a regular telephone handset. Service is free for 1st year. $20 per year thereafter.
From the Manufacturer
The magicJack uses your computer and Internet service so you can make local and long distance calls in the U.S. and Canada with no monthly bills. First you connect any household phone to magicJack. Then you plug magicJack into an available USB port on your computer, using the supplied extension cord if needed. Finally you wait for the completion screen to appear to use your phone like you always have. Installation is simple and takes 60 seconds.
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I bought my Magicjack from its website [...] and received it in less than a week after I ordered it. If you want the option of returning it easily should you decide not to use it, most people on the web recommend buying it from a store like Walmart, Radioshack, Best Buy or even QVC. It took me less than 10 minutes to install Magicjack (plug it into your PC's USB), register it, pick a phone number in my area and start using it. For me, deciding which number to use took the longest time. I live basically in Philadelphia, PA so there were a lot of local numbers I could select. The [...] site lists its available area codes and phone prefixes. Not all areas are available yet so make sure you can select a local phone number for your needs before buying Magicjack. Keep in mind that if you use a non-local phone number for your Magicjack, people that call you may incur toll charges or long distance charges.
After Magicjack was up and running, I tested it by making calls to and receiving calls from landline phones, cell phones, Vonage phone service users and other Magicjack users. Everyone I called commented that they can hear me clearly. I also had no trouble hearing them just as well. No echoes, no static, no disconnections, no strange noises. The longest phone call I've made so far lasted about a little over an hour.
Now, mind you, my Magicjack is on an IBM X41 laptop which has 1.49GB RAM, 1.50Ghz Pentium M processor and Windows XP (Professional) SP3. Magicjack is basically the only main application that is running on this computer. You do not need a dedicated PC for Magicjack but it won't work as well on a computer that have other large applications such as multi-media, graphic programs, email systems and games running at the same time. My internet connection is cable and I have a wireless router but the computer with Magicjack is connected "wired" to the router. I specifically wanted to test Magicjack on this type of system setup so that I couldn't blame any problems I might encounter on any other factor. I also wanted a system that I could leave running for 24 hours if I decided to use Magicjack as one of my main phone service.
The one problem I did encounter was at the beginning when I found that one of my phones wouldn't ring when someone called me. By googling the problem, I found out that this problem is due to the ringer equivalency number (REN) of the phone you are using (google "phone REN" to find out what it is). Most phones have their REN listed at the bottom of the base unit. From my experience, I believe Magicjack will only work for phones that have REN of up to 1.0B (add up all phones in your system to get your total REN. Mine had a corded base with 0.6B REN with 2 more cordless handsets. I figured that made my phone system total to 1.8B REN). Magicjack did ring on a phone that had 0.98B REN. To fix the problem, I bought a multi-handset GE DECT 6.0 (model 28223 Series) which basically has REN 0.0B. Magicjack had no problems ringing with this phone. My phone system was over 3 years old anyway so I didn't mind replacing it.
My system setup is probably an optimum environment for Magicjack although while Magicjack is running on one computer, I have another laptop running wirelessly connected to my cable modem in addition to a desktop connected wired to it also running *and* a Vonage modem connected to it.
To find out if Magicjack is right for you, google reviews on it first and be sure to read up on the system requirements and recommendations from Magicjack users that have had no problems using Magicjack and love using it. These users will offer the most detailed information and they give out tips and tricks to make Magicjack work at its best such as how to set up your system for automatic reboot, optimize your internet connection, set up your USB ports so your computer doesn't power it off, using "thin clients", etc. Be aware that you'll also find a lot of reviews from people who hate Magicjack but most of them seemed to have bought Magicjack when it first came out. You'll find complaints about Magicjack's customer support also but since I've had no problems so far, I have no experience with them. I used Google to get the answer to all the questions I had about Magicjack.
Personally, I think Magicjack works better than my Vonage whose service I plan to stop using soon. Also, don't be afraid to try it out even if you're not technical. My younger sister knows very little about computers and she also uses Magicjack without any problems.
Originally I would rarely experience a common complaint that you can "hear them" but they can't hear you. This is due to a slow or busy internet connection. Internet connections are almost always asymmetrical (much faster download than upload), which explains why some can "hear them" but can't be heard. That said, I have never had to install anything additional or make any custom setting to my wireless router, it has just worked.
Being an engineer I have to keep on top of all operating systems hence I always own both a Mac and a PC. When I bought the MJ my intention was to set it up at home on my Dell laptop. But as I had picked up the MJ during my lunch break all that was available to me was my Intel Macbook. I didn't have a phone to plug in either. But I thought I would see how difficult it might be to install. I plugged it in and it immediately launched and was ready to work. I looked in the menus and found it could work without a phone from the internal mic and speakers. Voila! I was talking to my mom in Northern CA. After the call I took a moment to register and got my new phone number. When I got home I plugged it in to my Dell PC and again it launched and had the new number displayed.
A friend called my cellphone that evening and I asked him to call me back on the MJ line (now with cordless phone attached), we both are chief audio engineers and he commented how much better the MJ sound quality was compared to the cellphone.
My Setup (Updated)
I have a six year old Dell Win XP Pro laptop, hard drive set to never sleep (I do let the display sleep), connected via wireless to an Airport Extreme 802.11n router (PC runs at 802.11b) to the Zoom DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem to Charter HSI Plus 2Mbps Up / 20Mbps Down internet service.
I didn't know that after you register the voice mails would also forward to my email account as a sound file (.wav) that plays right from the email. I love that!
Best Part (Updated)
I can take the MJ with me when I travel out of town and don't have to suffer any roaming charges on my cellphone. And I get to dump AT&T. Ahhh life is good. And I got one for my son's Mac so his annoying friends can call him direct.
Just keep in mind people that it isn't perfect. I mean do you really expect it to be for the price??? Get real and use some common sense. If you are downloading or streaming anything then your calls are gonna be gargled. So just make sure you wait til you are not doing either of those things and you are just fine. All I know is that it sure beats those crazy land line phone bills! Lol, are people still paying those things?
NOT ME! MAGIC JACK 4 LIFE!!!