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Forum topic by Joe Lyddon posted 02-27-2013 05:53 AM 1521 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joe Lyddon

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02-27-2013 05:53 AM

Topic tags/keywords: magicjack magicjack plus telephone phone 1995 per year

I was wondering if anyone Likes it, Dislikes it, and why.

Is it really $19.95 per year? ... or is there a GOTCHA? What is the real cost?
... at the end, they say Under $200.00… long way from $19.95… Bait & switch?

I see it can be used With or Without a computer; a feature that wasn’t present the last time I looked at it… Is it any good?

Can your answering machine work with it?

Voice quality… Is it any good… marginal… very good, etc.??

Is it Full Duplex, each party can talk at the same time, and can the conversation be understood…??

They say they have FREE Local & Long distance, International calling, Directory assist, voice mail, use your Old phone#... Is it true? Nickel – Dime you for everything extra (if anything is extra)?

If you have it & are using it, tell me about it… Likes, Dislikes, etc. etc.

Thank you very much…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 10:37 AM

Used it myself but did not like it. You must have high speed internet for it to work. I dont mean the smallest package of high speed internet either. The faster the better. Otherwise you get that digital breakup while trying to converse. Sometimes there is an annoying delay. I also experienced this while surfing but the faster connection speeds may help this.

So in my opinion having to pay for that bigger internet package negated the fact that it was only $19.95. However if you have, or are planning on getting faster internet anyway, than this may be an option since yes, you would be saving some money. Especially since our phone bills have gone up again due to more taxes. It’s true, look at your statement.

Also, be aware that if your power goes out, so does your phone. This was another reason we quit using it. After experiencing a tornado and losing power the land lines still worked, but no power to operate the computer in order to operate the magic jack. Not sure about the newer version for use without the computer.

In conclusion I don’t think it is for everyone. I experienced no hidden costs or gotchas at the time.

We are now experimenting with the straight talk home version. So far it works great and you can keep your land line phone number. Had it for a month now.

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#2 posted 02-27-2013 12:54 PM

I had a friend that used one of these. It works fine, when it works. While on the phone, it is good while it works, but, some connectivity problems do occur sometimes. That’s bout all I can say about it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 02-27-2013 01:31 PM

One other thing to consider – my wife is a debt collector, so she has to call a lot of people every day. Every time she hits a MagicJack customer, she is forced to listen to a long MagicJack ad before the call is connected. Pisses her off to no end. I don’t know if they still do this, but you might consider your friends and family having to listen to that before buying it.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 10:13 PM


That’s a new one for me… I will have to check that out!
I don’t think I would like that… not at all!
Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Craftsman on the lake

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#5 posted 02-27-2013 10:21 PM

I have the magic jack app on my ipad. You can only make outgoing calls without paying but sure enough I call other people’s home phones and it sounds good. My nephew had the stand alone magic jack phone for awhile but gave up as the call quality and reliability weren’t that good.

I’ve had Vonage digital phone for about 5 yrs now. We don’t talk much so we have the 9.99 /month plan gives us about 200 minutes. You can call just about anywhere and people can call you. Actually works just like a land line. We’ve never noticed the difference. Their device which you connect to the net and your phone takes over as much bandwidth as it needs when a call comes through. Call quality has been great.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 02-27-2013 10:30 PM

Craftsman on the lake

OK, so if I was online browsing LumberJocks, etc. and we get a phone call & my wife answers it, I can expect my browsing connection to SLOW DOWN to a crawl? (Unless I had enough bandwidth to handle them both)... Another thing to check out!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 02-27-2013 11:07 PM

My son is in the Air Force and is stationed in Spain.
Before there he was in Vegas.
He has had Vonnage for many years and for me to call him or him to call home, it’s a local number.
It works really well.
He tried Magic Jack and it was not so good.
In fact it was just plain awful. Cheap, but awful.

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#8 posted 02-28-2013 02:13 AM

it works and works well. a friend ran for Illinois state senate, and his campaign office call center used 15 lines for 6 months. worked like a charm.

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#9 posted 03-04-2013 05:01 PM

I had MagicJack for a year (I live in a cell dead zone) starting in Dec ‘09. It worked ok when I used it, but I dumped it after a year.. Google Voice handled my from-the-computer calls for free and I talked Verizon into lowering their cell extender to $50. If you’re in a similar situation, I’d definitely skip magicjack for Google Voice and a network extender.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#10 posted 03-04-2013 05:04 PM

Ill also vouch for the network extender by Verizon. Been using it for 3 years now in a cell dead area. Cut down on my tinfoil hat expense tremendously.

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