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Old 08-03-2008, 02:32 AM
 
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I just heard about this from another CD poster. I have a subscription to Skype that's about to expire. I've been very pleased with Skype, but it looks like I can get the same service from MagicJack for $20 per year vs $90 per year with Skype. I'm always leery about "you get what you pay for" so I'm looking for any feedback from people who have tried MagicJack.

I was about to sign up until I read a few reviews and user comments. Apparently MagicJack monitors your calls and customizes ads in the "phone pad" based on keywords it picks up in your conversation - is there truth to this? If so, count me out now. Other people have complained about their poor customer service, with the MagicJack suddenly not working after a month and getting no help.

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Old 12-08-2008, 09:52 PM
 
Location: car guy in Phoenix AZ
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rave:i just got mine today.

read the tos on their website.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Cool Skype ~ Magic Jack

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I just heard about this from another CD poster. I have a subscription to Skype that's about to expire. I've been very pleased with Skype, but it looks like I can get the same service from MagicJack for $20 per year vs $90 per year with Skype. I'm always leery about "you get what you pay for" so I'm looking for any feedback from people who have tried MagicJack.

I was about to sign up until I read a few reviews and user comments. Apparently MagicJack monitors your calls and customizes ads in the "phone pad" based on keywords it picks up in your conversation - is there truth to this? If so, count me out now. Other people have complained about their poor customer service, with the MagicJack suddenly not working after a month and getting no help.

MagicJack
I thought Skypes was only $29.95 a year. Why so much? and what do you get for the services. Also looking at Magic Jack ... but you need high speed connection, not the standard Lite version. I'm also looking a Skypes WiFi Phone.....
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Even though the idea of a cheap/free phone has been around for at least 15 years it all has the same problem. It is not consistent: no calls, dropped calls, telephony hardware fails, your ISP doesn't support the hardware, the software is buggy/doesn't support your operating system, and sometimes the Internet connection isn't fast enough.

I've been looking for the same thing since it was first unveiled. None, including VoIP and Vonage, was worth the time, expense or frustration. My ISP wanted me use his VoIP for $25/mo but never gave me enough bandwidth to make it work. The other one sold a defective telephony device and lied about it. FCC believed me and Vonage cut a fat check.

Portable calling in rural America is dicey at best and it always will be until a national telco comes to their town. Beware the price. The $20/mo internet is not much faster than dial up and just as buggy. I am still in rural America and I am still looking for a solution.

In the end the 'plug headphones into the computer and use the virtual dialer' still works better. None work best. The Google phone is free. Try it.
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:51 AM
 
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If I'm not mistaken with MagicJack you also can't call 911.
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Old 01-25-2012, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Fl
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We use Google Voice. Have one number, rings as many as 10 phones and it's FREE.....
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Old 01-30-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: St. John's, NL
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I tried Magicjack and the audio quality was just terrible on my connection (which can definitely support it). Other VOIP solutions work great. Magicjack is a rip off.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:22 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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WalMart is currently listing MagicJack as out of stock. If you buy MJ at a retail store, MJ will not refund your purchase, you have to return it to your retailer, and maybe WalMart is getting tired of refunding to unhappy buyers.
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:43 AM
 
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Have you tried google voice?
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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MJ really was a waste of time for me NO CUSTOMER SERVICE the talk quality was TERRIBLE and the darn thing does NOT work properly with windows 7..


save your money and use google voice for free call out phone ..
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