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?
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.
MacGruber! Making life-saving inventions out of household materials! MacGruber! Getting in and out of ultra-sticky situations! MacGruber! The guy's a freakin' genius! MACGRUBER!
Good luck getting that theme song out of your head
Originally posted by It's FalseIf 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.
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.
The right cable is a mini-stereo to mini-stereo cable. EDIT: Leroy's response below is better; I had a brain-freeze. If one has a Creative (What U Hear) or Realtek (Stereo Mix) sound card then one does not even need a cable.