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.
“Maybe some day somebody will call me "Sir" without adding "You're making a scene"!!”
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.
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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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.