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Old Dec 2nd, 2009, 10:49 AM   #11
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According to the Magic Jack website, area codes are available in certain Canadian cities. Are they just making that up so you buy it, and then they will make some excuses about it being delayed?

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Thanks, that is awesome! We ordered one about 6 weeks ago, and had pretty much resigned ourselves that we'd get a US number but at least it was something. Still no local number for us, but a lot of our friends/family are in the GTA anyway, so we'd happily take a 416. I'm surprised there would be any 416 numbers available, though, since Toronto's already on its second area code. I guess old, given-up numbers?
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Factory Direct has them for less... I don't know if this is a good sign since from my experience FD seems to be where "made for TV" products get retired to once people catch on (Sham-wows anyone?).

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" Canada’s telecommunications and broadcasting systems have been expanding and adopting technology innovations since the early days of telegraph communications and the first Canadian radio broadcast. The government regulates these important services to ensure that they contribute to Canada’s culture and economy and meet the social needs of Canadians. "

The above page was copied from the CRTC web site as a quote, sorry about the heritage part but that appears to go hand in hand with protecting our culture. If you were around in 1968 when the CRTC took over from the CRBC that was established in 1932 they bantered about there role in protecting our CULTURE and HERITAGE.

The area codes for the Canadian cities were only added recently to Magic Jacks site, hope they stay as Magic Jack is expanding by 250K customers a month,,, good product IMHO
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Old Dec 2nd, 2009, 11:35 AM   #15
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The 'no returns' policy there makes that store completely avoidable. The second your sale goes through, any chance of a return is over. And if they aren't an authorized seller, there may be no warranty service also.


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Old Dec 2nd, 2009, 11:37 AM   #16
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I've had a magicJack for a few months now which I bought from TigerDirect. I bought it with the intention of switching to a Canadian number once they were available. This morning once I read the above posts, I went directly to the website and tried to switch to a Canadian number. It wouldn't let me. I contacted a Live Agent Rep and asked why and they told me the Canadian numbers were only available to new registrations during the trial period. Once it proves stable they would allow old customers to switch to Canadian numbers. I asked but they couldn't tell me how long that would be.

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The reason that they could not tell you how long that would be is they will have to apply to the CRTC to get approval to install a YMAX Corporation switch in Canada. Invented by Dan Borislow, who owns Magic Jack, he will have to abide by Canadian regulations. This will be coming as a major US telecom company has just purchased a huge amount of telecom bandwidth in Canada so they can provide service here.

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Canadian numbers were only available to new registrations during the trial period. Once it proves stable they would allow old customers to switch to Canadian numbers. I asked but they couldn't tell me how long that would be.

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Good to know. Glad we didn't activate it as soon as we got it, then.
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I would call Magic Jack live support and ask about your new activation, I am not really clear if the Canadian numbers are just for the trial period or for new Canaian customers ??? Can't hurt to call them, and it would be sad not to use there service if you have made the purchase, I have a US number in Buffalo NY, when my kids call me, they let the phone ring then hang up. I see there number on call display and I call them back, works like a charm, as I don't pay for the call ,,,

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" Canada’s telecommunications and broadcasting systems have been expanding and adopting technology innovations since the early days of telegraph communications and the first Canadian radio broadcast. The government regulates these important services to ensure that they contribute to Canada’s culture and economy and meet the social needs of Canadians. "

The above page was copied from the CRTC web site as a quote, sorry about the heritage part but that appears to go hand in hand with protecting our culture. If you were around in 1968 when the CRTC took over from the CRBC that was established in 1932 they bantered about there role in protecting our CULTURE and HERITAGE.

The area codes for the Canadian cities were only added recently to Magic Jacks site, hope they stay as Magic Jack is expanding by 250K customers a month,,, good product IMHO

The CRTC does not set cultural policy in Canada. Sure part of what they do is to provide regulation for the infrastructure to disseminate cultural content by electronic means but that does not mean that culture persay has anything to do with their mandate other than having to abide by the "objectives in the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act to guide its policy decisions."

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About the CRTC

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is an independent public organization that regulates and supervises the Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications systems.

The CRTC does not regulate newspapers, magazines, cell phone rates, the quality of service and business practices of cell phone companies, or the quality and content of TV and radio programs.

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The CRTC’s mandate is to ensure that both the broadcasting and telecommunications systems serve the Canadian public. The CRTC uses the objectives in the Broadcasting Act and the Telecommunications Act to guide its policy decisions.

Activities

The CRTC supervises and regulates over 2000 broadcasters, including TV, AM and FM radio and the companies that bring these services to you. We also regulate telecommunications carriers including major telephone companies. This role involves:

* issuing, renewing and amending broadcasting licences
* making decisions on mergers, acquisitions and changes of ownership in broadcasting
* approving tariffs and certain agreements for the telecommunications industry
* issuing licences for international telecommunications services, whose networks allow telephone users to make and receive calls outside Canadian borders
* encouraging competition in telecommunications markets
* responding to requests for information and concerns about broadcasting and telecommunications issues

We also hold public hearings, round-table discussions and informal forums to gather your input on broadcasting and telecommunications concerns.

Convergence – where broadcasting and telecom technologies come together to create new products and services – has made international communication more important.

The CRTC initiates regular meetings with our international counterparts in 25 other countries to discuss new technologies and new market arrangements. The CRTC’s experience with both broadcasting and telecom puts us in the unique position of being able to help other regulators in the international community.
Things have changed a lot since 1932...

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