Anyone using the Magic Jack? It's pretty nice

by RyanLeisure 12 replies
I've seen these infomercials for the Magic Jack on wonderful day-time tv. But I wasn't sure whether to believe it or not. I've been looking for something cheap to use as a business line, so I can quit using my personal cell phone for everything. A friend of mine bought one before I did, and he said it as pretty good, so I went ahead and ordered one too.

For those who don't know what it is, its just a usb hub for your computer that you can plug a regular land line phone into. The device is just $20 and the calling plan is just $20 PER YEAR. It's unlimited local and long distance, and has caller ID, voicemail, directory assistance, and all that stuff included. Seemed too good to be true, but it actually works great. Anyone else using it?
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  • Profile picture of the author Dennis Wagoner
    Hi Ryan,

    You have to have your PC on to use the magic jack,
    do you not?

    I have never tried it, as I use broadvoice for my landline
    phone, and am happy with it.

    Dennis
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    • Profile picture of the author RyanLeisure
      Yeah the PC has to be on, which isn't a problem for me....since I usually leave all 3 going nearly around the clock (bad I know!)
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      • Profile picture of the author Kat Bartone
        I've used it and found the quality to be pretty bad, to be honest. Makes my Vonage VoIP look like landline quality. Specifically, there were lots of dropouts, some line static, and often the other party had a hard time hearing me.

        Great idea, but not ready for prime time.

        Also, while the computer does need to be on for it to work, I still turned the computer off at night. It has voicemail, so I won't miss anything, and anyone who REALLY needs to get a hold of me at night has my cell phone number.

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        • Profile picture of the author RyanLeisure
          So far I think the sound quality is pretty decent. It's about the same as my cell phone I'd say. Not as good as a regular landline, but I'm very happy with it so far.
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          • Profile picture of the author zerofill
            The reason it is free is because they pass the traffic via voip to high toll areas like Iowa...and turn around and make on average $0.04 to $0.12 per min when you use the service...we call'em CAB fees in telecom...They do bulk buying of DID numbers...so the DID numbers only cost them about $2 per month...Law of averages says you will make them a lot more then $2 per month on your per minute usage....

            We've passed off traffic to high toll areas for a kickback many times...
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            • Profile picture of the author Jesus Perez
              As more users jump on, quality will further deteriorate. When it first launched it was flawless, now it's nowhere near flawless from what I've read.

              Be wary. It's great for voicemail though. You may save money in that arena.

              Or use it for making sales pitches.
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            • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
              Originally Posted by zerofill View Post

              The reason it is free is because they pass the traffic via voip to high toll areas like Iowa...and turn around and make on average $0.04 to $0.12 per min when you use the service...we call'em CAB fees in telecom...They do bulk buying of DID numbers...so the DID numbers only cost them about $2 per month...Law of averages says you will make them a lot more then $2 per month on your per minute usage....

              We've passed off traffic to high toll areas for a kickback many times...
              For calls to the US and Canada there is no per minute fee.
              You pay a flat annual fee of $19.95.

              I have one... I use it all the time. I've very happy with it. I had some voice
              quality problems the first time I used it but I changed the phone I was using
              and haven't had any problem since.

              I love the Magic Jack.

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              • Profile picture of the author zerofill
                Originally Posted by Tsnyder View Post

                For calls to the US and Canada there is no per minute fee.
                You pay a flat annual fee of $19.95.

                I have one... I use it all the time. I've very happy with it. I had some voice
                quality problems the first time I used it but I changed the phone I was using
                and haven't had any problem since.

                I love the Magic Jack.

                Tsnyder
                The per minute fee I am referring to isn't something the user pays...it is a fee that gets paid back to magic jack from "clecs" collecting money from carriers...It is how magic jack and other similar type products make their money. For instance we used to run conference rooms. We made $0.02 per minute from them...we paid nothing to run them...other then our own equipment we used.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tim Franklin
    I have not tried it, I imagine that a lot would depend on the strength of the network, I have thought about ordering, however I rejected the sales pitch because I felt that they were not charging enough to sustain the business over a long period of time.

    Just an opinion, but I look for network failure in 6 to 12 months.

    then it will be over, with the cost of equipment and network access, the business model, price is severely underestimated.

    If you get service for one year, at 39.95 plus s&h, then you probably will get your moneys worth, I look for longevity in a business model before making a purchase at least as far as a service is concerned.

    I think in order to sustain the business you would need some sort of monthly revenue, at least that seems more likely for a service like this.
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