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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 8:03 am    Post subject: MagicJack Reply with quote



Anyone else using one of these? I just bought one from Best Buy for $40, and it seems to be working as advertised: Plug it in to the computer, plug your phone in, pick an area code (I've heard you can pick one from other areas in the country), a prefix from a city in that area code, register your address for emergency service, and that it- phone service through your computer.

Call waiting- yes sir, complete with splendid on-hold music

Voice mail- if you don't answer the phone, or click the "ignore" icon (on the Magic Jack window on the computer) it goes to voicemail, which is actually a small WAV file you receive via email instantly

Caller ID- yes indeedy

It also gives you free long distance service within the US, and anywhere in the world with another Magic Jack users.

Cost: $40 for the unit, which includes the first year of service, $20 per year after.

Downsides? Computer must be on to use- no power, computer off, no service.


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jarred from subway



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2009 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use it everyday, it KICKS ASS!! Fuck the phone company.
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verle



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 13, 2009 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

magic is awesome

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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 2:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just learned a trick:

Instead of plugging a phone directly into the MJ unit, I ran a line from MJ to the wall instead. I now have operating phones in the rest of the house.

Fuck the phone company indeed.
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jarred from subway



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW..Do you have DSL? If so does it mess with the DSL? I may have to do some experimenting. Magic Jack rules!
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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read it works with DSL, but I'm using cable internet.

I got sick of Comcast, so I decided I was only going to stick with their internet service.
They offered basic cable with internet, and actually charged less than internet alone
(no doubt to expose you to as much advertising as possible). So, between phone,
high-speed internet and basic channels, I'm down to $62 a month from $140.
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jarred from subway



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet, I hate Commucast Twisted Evil
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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, a few minor problems:

I've had a few calls where after speaking for a while, maybe half an hour or so, I can't hear the caller on the other end. They could hear me perfectly, so I just told them I couldn't hear, and to call back. It sucks to have interrupted service, certainly. But at this price- $3.35 a month- ($40/12 for the first year), I don't give a shit.

The other "issue" is that when answering the phone, there's a one second delay, so you find yourself saying "hello" a few times if you've forgotten about the delay.
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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One year later, this still rules. I just paid $70 for 5 more years- $14 a year, or $1.17 a month.

One thing they don't explain that I figured out in the first couple of days of owning it is that you can just take the cord from the MJ unit
and plug it into the phone jack into the wall, and all the phones in the house will work- on all floors, including cordless.
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2fisted



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thx mild, I keep checking to see if I can keep my old #. Apparently that is going to happen soon.
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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 2010 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't care about keeping my old number- I still have my cell phone and my email addys. I'd just phase out the old number and actively give out my new number.

Comcast told me they'd offer me $20 a month, and I told them I'm paying $20 A YEAR.

I bought an extra basic phone for travel purposes. If you're out of town and have a wifi connection you use MJ on your laptop and conduct business as usual on your regular line instead of using up your cell phone minutes.
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2fisted



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can keep your # now!
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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2012 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another cool feature is MJ app I have on my IPhone. Since I have 2 MJ units (one for my business line, which is never plugged in) I route my business line straight to my cell phone. The app both rings to my phone and allows me to make calls from it. It can potentially save one quite a few cell phone minutes.
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Ollie Stench



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What happens if you lose your internet access? You can't call the internet provider to find out what is going on...
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Mild Thing



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most people have cell phones.

If you have a bullshit phone service like Comcast, the internet and phone are tied in together, so if you one you lose both.

I have a cellphone, so lost connectivity isn't an issue. But if I didn't want to use my minutes, I'd just go to a location where I can get Wifi (connect to a neighbor's router connection) and use my MJ app and make that call free.
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