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Old Dec 3rd, 2009, 07:44 PM   #41
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MJ can be plugged into your existing phone lines in your house, just disconnect the Bell line that comes in at the demarcation point, my MJ powers 4 phones total, 2 wireless and 2 wired to the lines.
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Old Dec 3rd, 2009, 08:51 PM   #42
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man - did you have an issue needing a PC to register
LOL
so I installed fusion v 3 and xp pro
set up the magic jack
paid another $10 per year so in total $30
and I have a 416 number and free long distance..
wow - so much work for something advertised as intel mac ready..
any way it works..

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Old May 22nd, 2010, 04:18 PM   #43
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Resurrecting an old thread....

I picked up a MagicJack yesterday but couldn't get it to install. My MacBook meets all requirements: Intel, OS X 10.6.3, plugged directly into computer USB port, no Hub, no cable... I downloaded the upgrade dmg from MagicJack but the install would start and then quit on it's own. I was also getting a message during installation that it had to be re-plugged. I spent over three hours with tech support -(it probably would have been about an hour had I been able to chat with the same 'tech' rather than 5 different ones We tried to reformat the MJ but it would only show up in Disk Utility as a re-recordable CD with no option to reformat available.

I plugged it in to my brothers XP machine and in about 3 minutes I had a number and was making calls. So it was not a problem with the MJ itself. Has anyone had similar experiences? I took the thing back this morning but I would really like this to work for me. I'd pick up another one in a minute if I knew I could get it to work. Any ideas?

Thanks for your help.


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Old May 22nd, 2010, 10:12 PM   #44
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Magicjack is weird on windows boxes too...plugged it into my laptop and it installed in like 3 minutes, plugged it into my media center PC and it would say it was installing and wouldn't go through...both are running 64bit windows 7 and tech support tries a bunch of stuff but never figured it out...I just left it on my laptop in the end but I thought it would be nicer on the media PC because even though the laptop is stationary and always on its not connected directly to ethernet so I thought the call quality may be better with a computer on ethernet
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Old Apr 29th, 2012, 01:13 PM   #45
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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.
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One of my clients uses a MJ and virtually every single time we talk on the phone we get disconnected. He does have a Canadian number though but he lives in North Vancouver and his number is New Westminster based.
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Old Apr 30th, 2012, 09:43 AM   #47
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I don't have a lot of details but I saw my son has MJ on his iPod touch and can make phone calls with it. I was surprised. If this is working (and it appears to) why bother with an iPhone and a monthly bill when an iPod touch does most of the same stuff and, (with WiFi) doesn't cost anything close.
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Old Apr 30th, 2012, 10:15 AM   #48
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I don't have a lot of details but I saw my son has MJ on his iPod touch and can make phone calls with it. I was surprised. If this is working (and it appears to) why bother with an iPhone and a monthly bill when an iPod touch does most of the same stuff and, (with WiFi) doesn't cost anything close.
You are comparing apples with grapes. 2 different things. Use what you can afford. You cannot accept incoming phone calls with MJ if you don't have an account and even then you would have to have the app running. I have that app on my iphone and used while in las vegas to make phone calls. The problem most people won't answer if they have call display and some Washington (or any other state) shows up on their display. It works but can have lots of echo.

And with an ipod I think you would have to use a headset with microphone. You can use it on an iPad as well.

But don't kid yourself it is no replacement for an iPhone.
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Bumping this old thread...
Thanks for the updated info Mr. Mayor.
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Old Apr 30th, 2012, 10:35 AM   #50
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wow thanks for the bump everyone, I think that I will get this for my daughter's iPod Touch, she loves that she can text my wife and I on our iPhones (thanks iMessage) and I just put Voxer on there and she is having fun with the Walki Talki feature, but if this will let "real" phone calls she will freak out.

If there is anything that i need to know about making this work from iPod Touch to iPhone please let me know, but looks rather simple.

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