Magic Jack Review
I’m sure most of you have seen the ads for Magic Jack and oddly there isn’t a lot of talk going around about it. I got one, and it is problematic for several reasons.
Magic jack is a USB device that plugs into your computer with which you can make quasi free phone calls, or let’s say unlimited calls within the US and Canada for $19 per year.
First, to get one with a 30 money back guarantee you need to use a credit card, not a debit card. With a debit card you are charged immediately, with a credit card they don’t bill you for 30 days, though web reviews claim it is very difficult to return the device.
Next, some USB ports don’t have enough juice to power the unit so you may need to get a USB hum that plugs into the wall.
Once you plug it in it is self installing. You are asked your location so it can assign you a somewhat local number. Mine is a Portland number. You need to wait a couple of hours before your number is assigned and once it is it pops up on your screen display. You can dial from your computer or from the phone connected to it. This device has voice messaging and caller ID at no extra charge.
The connection quality is weird. I seems like it sounds good, but people on the other end say that I echo and occasionally cut out, kind of like some cell phones. I am presently on a 5mbps service. I don’t know if the sound is better with a 10mbps set up. It would be easier if I ended every statement with the word ”Over” so the person on the other end would know when they can begin speaking.
Another problem is that if your computer goes to sleep so does your phone and you may need to unplug and re-plug it in again to reboot.
In conclusion I’m not that thrilled with it and I wouldn’t recommend purchasing one. I hope future generations of this device will improve in quality.