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Works for me, for years
on September 14, 2013
There are the good, bad and ugly reviews for magic jack.
I have had Magic Jacks all the way back to their early versions for 6 years now and I currently own 3, an old version and two Magic Jack Plus.
1- Let me tell you a few things about price first. Currently a one year license renewal is ~ $29.95 + Canadian Tax and the Canadian Telephone Number one year license renewal is ~ $10.00 + Canadian Tax. So that's about $40.00/year. Break that down into the monthly cost compared to your current phone costs. In many cases when you buy your first Magic Jack you get a one-year license plus the Canadian Telephone Number is an extra ~ $10.00 for a one-year license.
2- You get long distance dialing for North America, unlimited talk time, voice mail, voice mail delivery to your email as a wave file, caller-ID, call forwarding (although the news is that it's been removed. I can make it work).
3- It runs on the Internet. So here is where it gets iffy with many articles. What Internet Service do you have, what quality of Internet Service do you have, which Magic Jack do you have? Not all Magic Jacks were created equal. There's the older versions, Magic Jack Plus and a newer Magic Jack Plus with improved voice quality. The old Magic Jack could only be plugged into the USB of your computer which means your computer had to be on all the time. The Magic Jack Plus has an Ethernet Jack and power supply, so it can be plugged into your Router and can be on all the time. They all have a phone jack for your phone connection. I use a cordless phone with the Router connection at home.
On the road (yes you can take it with you when you travel) and it is plugged into the USB of your computer you can either plug a phone into the phone jack or pull up the menu to use your build-in computer mic/speakers.
All the quality issues in all the articles are good and bad. I can tell you that not all these quality issues are Magic Jack problems.
But lets face it, networking devices have hiccups. Operating Systems have issues. Computers have hardware and software issues. Your Internet Service Providers have issues. Why do you think there are all these updates on all your devices? Firmware, Security Updates, new Operating Systems.
No, it's not all Magic Jacks having the problem.
4- Here's a real nice App that I love. I have the Magic Jack App on my Android Smartphone and it is tethered to my Magic Jack number. No extra cost (currently). So I don't have to carry my Magic Jack in my computer bag and I don't have to plug it into my USB when I'm traveling. It runs on my Smartphone and when I'm with family, friends, etc., and have logged into their Wi-Fi Router, I get my calls on my Smartphone. Off-sets talk-time charges on my Cellular Service Provider and I can call Long Distance with no charge on my Cellular Service Provider.
If you have a good Data Plan on your Cellular Service then it can be used on it too. But make sure you don't go over your Data Plan.
5- My business number was created in mere minutes. I mentioned that I have 3 Magic Jacks. For the older Magic Jack I created a 705 area code business number for my company and have it call forward to my home Magic Jack Plus. So I just put the old Magic Jack away. Don't need it and just pay the yearly license.
My home number is tethered to my Smartphone so I get my business calls, my cellphone calls and my home calls on one phone anywhere I am. Plus the Magic Jack has caller-ID and voice mail (that gets delivered to my email) which shows up on my Smartphone. So I don't miss anything.
Yeah, I know, I'm a real geek.
Conclusion: I have no problems.