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magicJack: Skype what?

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The magicJack is a USB VoIP calling device similar to Skype or Vonage, but much cheaper. About the size of a matchbook, the magicJack only requires a USB port, broadband connection, a telephone handset, and Microsoft Windows (XP/Vista). Simply plug in the magicJack to your PC, connect a headset (or landline phone) to the device, and make your call. There is no software to install. Once you connect the device to your computer, the software will automatically run…off of the magicJack. It’ll even do emergency 911 calls. The person you call doesn’t not require a magicJack. You can call any ordinary landline phone. Here’s what you get:

* Free calls within USA and Canada (local and long distance)
* Voicemail
* Caller ID
* Your own phone number
* USB extension cord
* Emergency 911 and free 411 calls
* Call waiting/forwarding
* Free International calling to US/Canada numbers when traveling outside of the US.

You also don’t need to have your computer running to receive voice mails or to have your calls forwarded. Calls are forwarded from the company’s own switches. International rates are as low as 0.2 cents per minute. Full rates here.

The magicJack costs $39.95 a year. Best of all, you get one free year (calls within USA/Canada). There is a 30 day, 100% risk-free trial, so go ahead and give it a shot.

TravelTechTalk did a review of the device and are raving about it, despite its negligible delay.

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Via: TravelTechTalk




4 Comments

  1. drbray
    Posted January 9, 2009 at 7:21 am | Permalink

    magicJack® vs. Skype®

    I have looked into Skype® vs. magicJack® and have determined that the two services are very, very, very much alike! One is hardware based while the other is software based.

    If you know from my association with the computer world going back as far as the TI 99/4a that I have always been a hardware man. For that reason, I favor magicJack® between the two services.

    magicJack® costs $1.67 per month for calls to anywhere in the U.S.A. or Canada, $1.00 per month with a 5 year license; versus $2.95 per month with Skype®, $1.48 per month with a 1 year account.

    They both have conference calling, voice mail, and call forwarding. Skype® charges money for other features that magicJack® does not charge their users, however that is minimum -> however it still costs the user money.

    The magicJack® portability feature is the tipping point that makes it the better of the two services.

    magicJack® softphone features

    * Menu – Switch to headset, download Outlook plug-in, and other configuration options.
    * Contacts – This is your list of contacts for quick reference.
    * Calls – This provides call history. Using this feature allows you to quickly and easily reconnect to past calls.
    * Favorites – This lists your favorite web sites that you have listed in your browser giving you instant access to them
    * Redial – redial
    * Vmail – This lets you set your own voice mail. To set MagicJack voice mail message you must login to their website and select user options to set voice mail for different locations. I also like the fact MagicJack sends an email with the .WAV file of the voice mail.
    * 411 – Is an internet linked to Free411.com.
    * Google – A simple hot link to Google for web searching.
    * 911 Address – This function defaults to your original entry in MagicJack, but it also gives the benefit of adding multiple address in case you use this at work, home, families houses etc.

    Portability – this feature lets you take or send the magicJack® dongle overseas to call friends, family, business associates, and etc. anywhere in the world for just the cost of the device and its original service contracts. Sure beats a telephone calling card for members of the Armed Services, students, and vacationers.

  2. Westerly
    Posted February 8, 2009 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    One thing you didn’t mention about MagicJack is that the software spies on the numbers you dial. I’m not saying that’s a necessarily a reason not to use it, but it does make some people uncomfortable.

    There’s a good overview of the various aspects of MagicJack, Skype and Vonage at:

    http://tech.spotcoolstuff.com/internet-telephone/magicjack-skype-vonage

  3. Posted May 9, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

    Dear sirs,

    I want to purchase majic jack device. can u send me price via mail info@stichingbadgemaster.com. And advise us can we make unlimited calls to usa and canada.

    With Best Wihes,,
    AZHAR

  4. Posted October 19, 2009 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    HOW TO PLACE SKYPE CALLS WITH MAGICJACK AND A CORDLESS PHONE

    There is a software plugin called “SkyjackPlugin” you can download at http://www.pcphonesoft.com . The plugin lets you place magicJack and Skype calls from the same phone.

    To place Skype calls just dial * before the number you want to call. Speed dial numbers are used for dialing other Skype users. Regular magicJack calls are placed as normal. For incoming calls, just answer the phone when it rings.

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