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Anyone use Magic Jack or Plus?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by JuneyBooney, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. JuneyBooney

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    Any of you folks use Magic Jack or Magic Jack Plus? I have seen it advertised for years and a friend recently got it and likes it but I am curious as to how many of you have tried it and if you like it? Thanks
     
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    I've used MJ for the last 3 years and its awesome. But don't scrimp on the phone set. I have commercial grade ATT telephone set I use and the call quality is awesome. YMMV if you use a cheapo phone.

    I unhesititatingly recommend MJ - I'm gonna keep using it.
     

  3. cowboywannabe

    cowboywannabe you savvy?

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    tagged for details on this not sold in stores, act now and we'll double your order.....ginsu razor majic jack t.v. scam. tell me im wrong, show me your right.....id like to save 100 dollars a month by dumping t-mobile.....
     
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  4. boone10

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    We were going to go to cell phones only, but my wife decided we needed a "back up" line. The MJ has been flawless as far as I can tell. The only people that know the number are a few of my sons friends and the in-laws, but never had any complaint thus far.

    We did pay a little extra in order to pick from a large list of numbers--got one that we could remember. Also, IIRC (because I never use it) you have to dial the area code plus the number (10 digits as opposed to 7) when you place a call.
     
  5. havensal

    havensal Nozzle Jockey CLM

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    Our + works fine. We have had a few dropped calls, but I can't say for sure they were on our end.

    Getting a local number isn't a given. Our # is from a city 60 miles away. That was the best they could offer.

    They claimed you could port your old number, but apparently Verizon will not give our up so we had to change.

    I have ours connected to a Uniden cordless set.

    I like the MagicJack App on my Ipod Touch. I can see who called when I am not home. I can also answer the call on my Ipod if I wish.

    I don't like to talk to people so a dropped call or two is fine with me. :supergrin:

    Sure better than $70/month.

    I wouldn't try it on a slower connection. I used the money saved on the phone bill for a faster connection.
     
  6. John Rambo

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    Its crap compared to a traditional phone system or a real VOIP system. But not terrible, especially if you've got a cell for primary use.
     
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  7. valvestem

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    A friend in FLA has been using a MJ for several years and has no complaints.
     
  8. Rinspeed

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    My brother uses it all the time when he is out of the country. Works pretty well as far as I can tell, maybe 10% of the time the connection is not the best.
     
  9. Gallium

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    Call quality is lower than POTS.

    I have MJ and POTS and VOIP (Vonage) in one location. MJ offers the least quality - but it is able to allow for call completion enough where I tolerate it, and when I pack up shop it is the system I roll with as it is the most portable (I have the Vonage app for the phones + iPad).

    - G
     
  10. roberev

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    Magic Jack call quality is not something that you may rely on. The servers frequently are overloaded, resulting in broken connections. I understand that if you are an IT wiz, you can program your phone to avoid the more troublesome servers, but that's beyond my ability.

    I dropped Verizon FiOS phone service so that I could save money. Magic Jack has been an unsuccessful experiment. I am in the process of switching to a quality VoIP service.

    Rob
     
  11. TeeJay37

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    What is the advantage if you already don't have a home phone? Would it really be useful in an emergency? The only thing I could see is if I try to call my fiancé since her cell may not be on ring.
     
  12. coastal4974

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    Got the plus. It works great and you can't beat the price.
    My wife uses it for hours of conference calls and has never dropped a call.

    It sounds better than my crap HTC cell phone.
     
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  13. TheRogue

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    Been using the Magic Jack Plus for a few months now, and would recommend it.

    The $ savings has been substantial, and one can save even more by buying one of their extended service packages.

    I opted to keep my original phone #, and because of purchasing their pre-paid phone package, will not see a phone bill for another 5 years or so.
     
  14. captainstormy

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    My FIL uses a Magic Jack Plus. Sometimes it sounds okay, sometimes it isn't usable.

    I use an Ooma in my home office. It basically just replaces the VOIP box that a telco company would give you these days. I've never had any issues with that.

    If you wanted something, I would recommend it. The Hardware is a bit pricey. Depending on where you buy them, and rather you get refurbished or new they will run you anywhere from $100 - $200.

    I got mine refurbished from woot.com for $100. Still comes with the same warranty as a new unit did and the monthly bill is $4. Even with their premium service it would only be $10 per month.

    Woot only sells them every few months. You can get a refurbished one all the time for Ooma's website for I think it's $140 or so.
     
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    I used a MJ in S Korea or 2 years w/ no issues. The software on my computer started to go dumb when it went into standby, so my phone wouldn't ring if the computer was asleep. that is my only complaint, and it really wasn't an issue.
     
  16. JimBianchi

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    Four years now, just upgraded to Plus last year.

    I works when I need it to and the call quality is excellent.

    But when the contract expires I think we will let it go.

    We use our cells for 99% of calls.
     
  17. JuneyBooney

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    I have found cell phones to not sound as good as they used to a few years ago. So I know what you are speaking of.
     
  18. ChiefWPD

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    I've used MagicJack for several years (forget how many). It's the only phone line I use for long-distance calls. We use it when we travel and when we go to AZ for the winter.

    Works just find. Can't tell the difference between MagicJack calls and "regular" phone calls. Do get a good quality phone to hook up to it. Made the mistake of first trying to get it to operate with a cheap phone and that didn't work out too well.

    My buddy has the Plus version. He loves it. If I had to buy another MagicJack it'd be that model (no computer needed).

    Oh, one last thing. My wife (German) uses it to call her relatives in Germany. I put in ten bucks and that lasted for a couple of years. It's a penny or two a minute for international calls (depends on the country). And let me tell you, she can really yack it up!

    :wavey:
     
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  19. cowboywannabe

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    i only have a cell phone (t-mobile), 3 phones with unlimited texting and 700 shared minutes with free nites and weekends is $109.00/month.

    what would be the benefit of me going with MJ? im all about saving money for the same features i have now.
     
  20. captainstormy

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    Depends on your usage. For some peole they are able to use them to make alot of long calls on so they can carry smaller and cheaper cell phone plans.

    Mine is for business usage. I work from a home office so I'm sometimes on the phone for 3-4 hours per day. That would quickly drain a cell plan that had x minutes and the unlimited ones are expensive.

    Also, I don't want work to use my personal cell to contact me all the time.