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Since: 20.6.02
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An advertisement for Magic Jack just popped on TV - get a years worth of phone service for $19.99 - yadda yadda. Sounds really good...I mean, other VOIP services cost that per month, and others are equal to traditional landline service. I'm interest, curious, but I am a wholehearted believer in the "You get what you pay for" line.

Has anyone tried Magic Jack out? Any suggestions or comments on it?




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Since: 25.2.02

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Yeah, check out the Wikipedia entry on it. You'll probably change your mind.

You might check out Skype.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.21
    Originally posted by Mr Heel II
    Yeah, check out the Wikipedia entry on it. You'll probably change your mind.

    You might check out Skype.
I did a little research, and it doesn't look like Skype offers Canadian phone numbers.

(edited by Oliver on 18.2.10 1454)



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I've been using it for almost a year now and don't have any complaints.




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If we're talking about broadband phones, I highly recommend Ooma (The W at Amazon), which is a one-time $250 price tag. Phone service is absolutely free. It's served me well for over a year and counting.




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    Originally posted by It's False
    If we're talking about broadband phones, I highly recommend Ooma (The W at Amazon), which is a one-time $250 price tag. Phone service is absolutely free. It's served me well for over a year and counting.
Ooma doesn't seem to be available in Canada, either.




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I have two & service has just continues to improve. Love them.

(edited by jwrestle on 22.2.10 2016)



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    Originally posted by jwrestle
    I have two & service has just continues to improve. Love them.

    (edited by jwrestle on 22.2.10 2016)
If there's advertising, what does it look like? Is it like website banner ads? Pop-up or pop-under ads? A banner on the phone console?

I can handle advertising, its on my MSN and Yahoo, afterball. I'm just wondering to what degree it is.




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Since: 11.2.03
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Does Ooma include international calling? Can you take it with you when you move?

Has anyone here used Vonage World? I was thinking of getting that because The Lovely Future Mrs. Hegemon is overseas more often than not.
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    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    Does Ooma include international calling? Can you take it with you when you move?


You can take Ooma with you when you move.

International calls come at a reasonable rate, which you can see on the Ooma website.




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    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    Has anyone here used Vonage World? I was thinking of getting that because The Lovely Future Mrs. Hegemon is overseas more often than not.


Well, I can't give you any specifics, but I had a friend who used that while he was in Japan, and he liked it so much he decided to keep it when he came back to the States.
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    Originally posted by Oliver
      Originally posted by jwrestle
      I have two & service has just continues to improve. Love them.

      (edited by jwrestle on 22.2.10 2016)
    If there's advertising, what does it look like? Is it like website banner ads? Pop-up or pop-under ads? A banner on the phone console?

    I can handle advertising, its on my MSN and Yahoo, afterball. I'm just wondering to what degree it is.


Built in...like MSN




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    Originally posted by jwrestle
      Originally posted by Oliver
        Originally posted by jwrestle
        I have two & service has just continues to improve. Love them.

        (edited by jwrestle on 22.2.10 2016)
      If there's advertising, what does it look like? Is it like website banner ads? Pop-up or pop-under ads? A banner on the phone console?

      I can handle advertising, its on my MSN and Yahoo, afterball. I'm just wondering to what degree it is.


    Built in...like MSN
I saw the advertising yesterday: it's built into the soft dialer console; all I really saw was advertising for the MagicJack service. Nothing special, noting offensive.




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Since: 18.3.03
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There was this whole privacy deal with Magic Jack's EULA being rather shady (exposed by Boing Boing nonetheless):
http://gizmodo.com/5478480/magicjacks-defamation-case-against-boing-boing-dismissed

The original article with the offending EULA privacy invasion breakdown:
http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/04/14/magicjacks-eula-says.html

The follow up article post legal case:
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/02/23/magicjack-dials-wron.html



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Zeruel wanted this re-opened.




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    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Zeruel wanted this re-opened.


Thanks.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100813/ap_on_hi_te/us_tec_magictalk;_ylt=AlyQpWWFk4YgvbqwmB4MSlKs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTNrY2psZzJyBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwODEzL3VzX3RlY19tYWdpY3RhbGsEY2NvZGUDbW9zdHBvcHVsYXIEY3BvcwM5BHBvcwM2BHB0A2hvbWVfY29rZQRzZWMDeW5faGVhZGxpbmVfbGlzdARzbGsDY29tcGFueWJlaGlu


    NEW YORK – The company behind the magicJack, the Internet phone gadget heavily advertised on television, has another trick up its sleeve: free phone calls from computers, smart phones and iPads.

    The cost of phone calls routed over the Internet has been on a long slide. There are already a multitude of programs that allow free calling between computers, and some that allow free, but short, calls to regular phone numbers. Another alternative, Google Voice, provides "free" calls to the U.S. and Canada, but you need a phone to use it, and if you're using a cell phone, it uses up minutes.

    MagicTalk would go one better by eliminating fees for calling landline and cell phones in the U.S. and Canada, with no time limits on the calls.


    ...

    The reason the calls can be free is that VocalTec operates as a phone company, so it can charge other phone companies for calls placed to magicTalk and magicJack numbers. It also charges its users who dial phone numbers abroad.



So, if there is anyone on the fence, this might put you over.




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