Does Magic Jack work?

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  1. leahjade

    leahjade DIS Veteran

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    I'm always looking for money saving ideas!
     
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  3. naf917

    naf917 Mouseketeer

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    I like it so far but I have only used it as a second line. I want to give it a try to see how it would work for us before I cancelled my land line.

    I am leaning towards canceling the land line and just using our cells and the magic jack.
     
  4. leahjade

    leahjade DIS Veteran

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    Is the reception good? Can you use more than one phone? I could save $300 a year so I'm very interested in hearing more!
     
  5. hoffman1

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    It has worked well for us. We only had a glitch one time and we don't know why (internet was up but a call did not ring through).
     
  6. kaytieeldr

    kaytieeldr Reserving the right to make jokes out of typos - b

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    Eh, I dunno. Maybe on the owner's end, the reception is fine - but as the recipient of a couple of Magic Jack calls (from different people/locations), there's a LOT of static and interference that I know is NOT coming from my own phone!
     
  7. melafive

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    We don't have a magic jack but wanted to let you know of a similar product. It's called Ooma. If we go in the far corners of our house there is some static but I can't complain it saves us $40 a month! Never had any other problem.
     
  8. kdkbrebel

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    we have used it for our land line for a little over 6months with very little problems:thumbsup2
     
  9. kmc

    kmc not all who wander are lost....

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    my friend had it for the last month and says its terrible and always drops calls so she is going back to land line.
     
  10. extremesoccermom

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    I would say for the most part it depends on your internet service. My brother's girl friend lives in Australia, he lives in Missouri. She calls him everyday on the Magic Jack. The only time she had any trouble was when her internet service was acting up.
     
  11. taylor3297

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    My neighbor who lives two houses from me has it and when she calls the reception is horrible. Also, at times when I have tried to call her, the call won't go through. It seems her phone is not working most of the time. She is regretting chosing magic jack. Before this they had vonage and that didn't work well for them either.
     
  12. tpholland

    tpholland Every day is a Disney day in my heart

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    we've been using Magic Jack for about 16 months now & really like it. It has an occasional glitch (beeps every now & then) but weighing (?) a beep now & again for free against a $70 a month phone bill, I'll take the occasional beep. I have a friend with cable phone & she has MUCH more trouble than I do.
     
  13. tomscarpt

    tomscarpt Earning My Ears

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    How doe's majic jack work? Is it used for a second line ?Long distance?
     
  14. luvmy3

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    They have one for cell phones too, FemtoJack. They were expecting an April release date, but I'm not sure if thats been pushed back. The cell phone co's aren't too happy about it ;)
     
  15. sissy_42

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    I loved my magic jack. However I found it quite flimsy and it broke. There was some static sometimes, but I am in a low coverage area for ATT, so it was much better than my cell phone.
     
  16. Charleneluvsdisney

    Charleneluvsdisney Always Disney Dreaming!

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    We ditched the home phone, upgraded our cell phone plan, and use the magic jack as our new home phone.

    We had a few problems in the beginning with an echo, but it was only on our end. We got a new computer, and the echo seems to be gone. We have not had any complaints from people on the receiving end of our phone calls, and have also saved $30 a month since we made the switch!
     
  17. tpholland

    tpholland Every day is a Disney day in my heart

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    First, you have to have high speed internet. Does not work with satellite internet.

    You just plug it into a usb port on your pc (does have to be on all of the time to make & recieve calls. It's a very small device, about 2x's the size of a memory stick.

    You can carry it with you anywhere in the world (as long as you have access to hsi)

    Free calls anywhere in US (can pay extra for international) & to any other magic jack user in the world. I say free, but there is a $19/yr membership fee

    Stores your #'s in a phone book
    Caller ID (#only)
    Call Waiting
    Call Forwarding
    Voice Mail, & can also be set to text or email messages to you.

    I say for what you get, it is WELL worth $19 a yr. If you subscribe for 5 yrs it's $79, (that's $8 more than I was paying per month with our local phone co.)

    If the power goes out, or you are temp without internet, who doesn't have a cell phone for backup.

    We have ours hooked up so that it works like a regular phone system on every phone in the house. I also have my cells phones linked to a gateway so they are also accessible from all of our phones.

    Hope this helps, oh ya to purchase the unit is $39, but includes the first yr of service.
     

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