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Posted on 07/20/2008 5:05:07 AM PDT by Halfmanhalfamazing
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Reviews on Majicjack are all over the map. Right now I’m calling my wife’s family in England, my sister in Italy, friends in Australia, Greece and anywhere in the US and Canada for $6.66/month unlimited with Skype. There are 25 countries in their unlimited talk plan. The only downside is that there are a lot of people dumping landlines and Skype charges as much as 30 cents/minute to cell phones in some of the countries (England is one of them, the US is free to cell phones). There is a 30-day free trial offer on Magicjack, ends today if you feel like giving it a try.
So you would end up porting your “real” phone number that you have right now that would only end up working on the magic jack network?
That doesn’t seem correct to me.
^^^^^^^^^^^You can call anyone anywhere at no additional cost, if they are members of the Magic Jack network.^^^^^^^^^
Maybe they have an additional charge for regular phone calls.
That has not been our experience.
We use have used Click4prepaid.com for overseas calling for a long time — cheapest we have found for calling Mexico & Philippines (15.5 cents per minute for Philippines).
Call quality is a lot better than those calling cards they sell in the Asian grocery stores, plus with those calling cards, they take away minutes if you get a busy signal or no answer. Click4prepaid does not do that. Refill your account at their website with a credit card, and immediately after a call, refresh the website and shows correctly the amount left in your account, and minutes never seem to expire. (no I don’t work for them — we have just benn very satisfied with them for several years)
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You can call any phone # in the Continental US (lower 48) and Canada for free, that has a land line. I am not including calls to satellite, radio phones, etc... You can receive most calls from any part of the world, additional charges might be incurred by caller, but they should be the same additional charges that they already pay, when calling your home land line phone, from their country.
While traveling I have mine hooked up to a Dell laptop (Insprion 1100) with a headset connected, some hotel telephone equipment are programmed in a certain way that MJ might not work with them, while staying at a hotel that provides Internet access. Calls made to my MagicJack #, both from my home local area & long distance were received with the laptop. No additional charges were incurred to the caller, that would not have occurred when MJ was connected to my home lines. Even though I was 100's miles away from my home.
If I used MJ for business purposes, and had a group of customers in a different city. I would consider purchasing this device, and set set a local # for that City. This way a salesperson can receive calls from that clients in that city, and not have them incur long distance charges. Maybe for a small company, this will help avoid incurring additional costs, and not having a need getting an 1-800-XXX-XXXX Number. And send with my salesperson another MJ device, with a number in the company's local area, so when they call back to the office with updates of the business trip, the business does not incur long distance bills.
And another interesting way to use this device, for a person that has family all in the same area code, or region, and they live 1000's miles away from them. Buy this device, and hook it to a separate phone, get a phone number that is local to the relatives, or won't cost them a lot of long distance charges. And have them call that number, so you will create a "Family Hot-Line"!!! Just a thought.
It’s just an inexpensive VOIP phone service. We were Vonage customers - no more. Incoming calls may incur a long distance fee, but that’s an issue with the incoming caller and the plan he is on. Everyone I know is on an unlimited call plan within the US, so they were not billed a fee- neither are we for outgoing. We are not billed extra for incoming.
Okay. Thanks for your input.
I must have mis-read their terms/agreement a while ago (one insomniac morning around 3 a.m., when I saw their infomercial).
I thought it indicated that they were a private network, and there were additional charges to dial ‘regular’ phone numbers. Apparently, from your ‘real life’ experience with MJ, that is not true.
I still am wondering about their pricing. Even with VOIP, the FED gets something like $6/month. Cox Cable now has phone, too. They charge a minimum of $16/month, and that FED $6 is in their fine print. So their minimum monthly charge is $21 + state and local taxes.
I will check out the MJ website again, then.
Don't wonder why they charge so little -- ask why the others charge so much.
I use it with my laptop when traveling. Just have to plug the hotel phone in and it works fine.
Today a friend finally got MJ and he called to say, hey, this works clear as a bell. It really works. Well, duh!
Look, just get the thing. It only cost $40. You use it and try it. You find out it is reliable. You disconnect your land line at home and save $35 a month.
You have more than enough people on here to tell you it works that the $40 is not really a risk. Besides, you can return it if you don’t like.
Do yourselve a favor and trust the people on FR. They will rarely if ever steer you wrong. The dang thing works. It is my home phone replacing my land line. Its better than the land line was. very satisfied
OMG. Magicjack supporting Linux. SWEET! When that happens, I’ll be able to call my sweet Aja for free (other than the cost of the Magicjack and the annual service fee).
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