Bumping this old thread.
MagicJack has a fairly new MagicJac Plus that doesn't need to be hooked up to a Mac to work. (You do need a Mac or PC to register it)
Bought it for $80 at FutureShop. I gave a big screw you to Rogers yesterday, and cancelled home phone from them.
So far, thing has been great. Took me very little time to setup, instructions were very clear. I'll fire some details about it. If anyone has any questions let me know.
- First year, calling is free, except for a Canadian number, you need to pay $10 USB per year. So far, my only expense has been the MagicJack Plus, and $10 USD for the year. Subsequent years are $30 USD per year. 10$ US for Canadian number and $30 US for phone service. That's about $3.50 per month. Rogers home phone, I was paying $40 a month same features and without free long distance.
- There are quite a few Canadian cities where you can pick a local area code. I got one for Kitchener-Waterloo. (I also got to pick a pretty cool number)
- You currently can NOT transfer a Canadian number over to Magic Jack. That's the big minus in Canada. Maybe this will come, but definitely not here yet. This may be the big deal breaker for Canadians. I don't really mind getting a new number. Kind of nice to get off some phone spammers lists. (For now)
- I can now call to anywhere in Canada and US for free.
- Free voicemail. Voicemails get emailed to my iPhone.
- Free call display.
- People calling in... Still just like a Kitchener number. They pay long distance if a Kitchener number is long distance.
- Call quality is excellent. I called quite a few people, nobody could notice a difference. Only thing was for listening to calls, volume seemed a tad lower, with the phone's volume cranked up, but could still hear perfectly and loud enough.
- I was able to register for 911 service with my home address. They have to do a process to verify your address. Their site says this will take a couple of days. To have 911 service in Canada, you must have a Canadian phone number.
- There's a Magic Jack iPhone app, but I haven't tried that yet, or know what the features are.
So far, I think this device is great.
If you travel, you can take the magic jack with you any where in the world. Plug it into high speed internet, and you have your phone number with you. (Call anywhere in US, Canada for free)
I plan to keep this as our main home phone number, so I won't use it like that.
I have the phone, my Time Capsule, my high speed modem all plugged into APC UPS, so it will have a fair bit of back-up power, should the power go out.