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Old Dec 1st, 2009, 10:27 AM   #1
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Question Anyone with Magic Jack experience?

I noticed that the Source is now selling Magic Jack and I was wondering if any of you have any experience good or bad with Magic Jack?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Dec 1st, 2009, 11:12 AM   #2
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I bought one sometime ago and returned it immediately because there were no Canadian area codes available. Don't know about now but make sure you check this out...

I have a couple of friends who have them and use them for business travel abroad. They say they work well.
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We have more success with these little units than with Skype alone. My wife uses one for business calls. She can work from home and call anywhere in North America for free. She works with people from the Austin Texas area so we chose an Austin phone number. Now her colleagues can call her from free. It ties up a USB port but lets you use a regular phone or the computer for the actual call. We get occasionally quality drops but for the most part it's a very positive experience. Can't really beat the price either.
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Old Dec 1st, 2009, 11:44 AM   #4
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I've been using MagicJack - hooked to my iMac - for 9 months now. I'd say it's definitely worth the small initial cost and low $20/yr fee, especially if you do any amount of long distance calling within US/Canada. It works so well that I also installed one into my mom's mac mini... saving her lots of $$$.

There are some minor issues though:
1) screature is correct - no Canadian area codes.. yet. Although, in a live chat with the company, they say they are coming.
2) your phone won't ring anytime you put your computer to sleep. This may be a big deal for some.
3) call quality overall, is very good - but occasionally hiccups. Nothing a quick redial doesn't fix.

I tend to use MagicJack for long distance only and then Vonage for all local calls - seems to be a good compromise.
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Old Dec 1st, 2009, 11:50 AM   #5
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I tend to use MagicJack for long distance only and then Vonage for all local calls - seems to be a good compromise.
Our Vonage contract is long distance anywhere in North America is free... is this not the same for you?
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Old Dec 1st, 2009, 05:10 PM   #6
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Had Magic Jack for a few years now, works like a charm, you will never get a Canadian number no matter what they tell you, thanks to the CRTC. Don't know what regulating long distance phone has to do with culture & heritage BUT the CRTC sticks there nose in everywhere,,, wait till Internet II gets here !!!

Mine has had a lot of use, I took in to Egypt with me last year and it was great calling back to North America, I did have a problem finding internet in some locations over there but other than that it was great. Funny thing is when you order 1 off line from there site, it is shipped to you from Burlington Ont.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2009, 09:34 AM   #7
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Yes, our Vonage contract is for calling anywhere in North America - but only 500 mins (as we have the basic plan for $20/mo instead of the unlimited $40/mo). My spouse ends up using way over that - so this solution ends up being cheaper overall - and we still have a local number that way too.
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Old Dec 2nd, 2009, 10:06 AM   #8
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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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...you will never get a Canadian number no matter what they tell you, thanks to the CRTC. Don't know what regulating long distance phone has to do with culture & heritage
Don't know where you get that idea from?

Also what makes you think the CRTC has anything to do with heritage and culture... CRTC= Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
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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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Hey that is way cool, now that Ottawa is on the list I may get one again.
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