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Old 12-22-2012, 06:40 AM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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Anybody have one? How does it work? And is it any good? I am looking for a cheaper alternative besides Fairpoint.
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Old 12-22-2012, 07:15 AM
 
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A friend of mine has the kind that works with his computer for several years now and he loves it. He said there's a magic jack available now where you don't have to have it plugged into your computer for it to work.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:00 PM
 
Location: Currently on my computer..
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Anybody have one? How does it work? And is it any good? I am looking for a cheaper alternative besides Fairpoint.
I have one here in Jersey, works fine. I tried it at my place in Maine with Fairpoint as my ISP, to slow of a connection.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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yeah but how does it work? Do you need a land line? I have to do something soon. My cell service sucks here in Abbot!
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:01 AM
 
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The one you are talking about is about $80 at Walmart. You need a computer to set it up and then it plugs directly into an outlet. There is a power adapter that plugs into AC, then the USB MagicJack plugs into that. You set it up on the computer to connect to your wireless network. I have one here in Houlton and it works like a champ on Polaris Cable. I use it to make calls to Canada. No charge on the MagicJack. I'd highly recommend it, but only if your ISP is up to it. Basically I'd say if Netflix will stream with no issues, you will have no problem with MagicJack. You will have the occasional dropped call, but no worse than a cell phone.
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Old 12-23-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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yeah but how does it work? Do you need a land line? I have to do something soon. My cell service sucks here in Abbot!
You have a computer right? Use it with your computer. It works with Time Warner Cable in Ellsworth. I don't know about Abbott.
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Old 12-25-2012, 03:12 PM
 
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I have one as a landline with TWC. Plugs into the router. Works....eh....most of the time. I don't get good cell phone reception in my house either, coastal York County.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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Well, I bit the bullet and went with Fairpoint after all. They are having a special. land line with unlimited nationwide and canada plus DTV for $60/mo.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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Well, that deal fell thru! Worst customer service EVER from DTV. I was on the phone for 4 HOURS with them. They couldn't figure out my two accounts. I got shuffled from one department to another and that department would say we can't help you we need to send you back to that other department! Oh, and then they wanted me to pay $199 for the receiver! Not on my budget!
I'll just buy a converter box and watch old fashioned TV I guess.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Well, that deal fell thru! Worst customer service EVER from DTV. I was on the phone for 4 HOURS with them. They couldn't figure out my two accounts. I got shuffled from one department to another and that department would say we can't help you we need to send you back to that other department! Oh, and then they wanted me to pay $199 for the receiver! Not on my budget!
I'll just buy a converter box and watch old fashioned TV I guess.
MagicJack- although the newer version doesn't need to be plugged into a computer, you *do* need a broadband connection and the device plugs into your router.

TV- if you have a receiver with NTSC/ATSC/ClearQAM tuners you'll get more channels with basic cable than OTA.

(ClearQAM= is Quadrature Amplitude Modulation that is not scrambled. Basic cable channels often use this, 'premium' channels that must be purchased as part of a 'package' may be scrambled using a variable encryption algorythm which requires a special receiver whose firmware can be updated remotely when the algorythm is changed to thwart 'pirate' receivers/cablecards.)

If you already have a DTV receiver/converter box, you could order basic cable and broadband which will give you the ability to use a MagicJack and give you more TV channels. (Note: one of my drivers is paying only for broadband (TW's Roadrunner) and does not have a cable TV subscription, but just on a whim he hooked up the cable to a TV receiver and discovered that the basic service was 'there'. YMMV. I don't consider this 'stealing' or 'piracy'- if the signal is there and I have [unmodified] equipment that will pick it up, I don't feel that there is any moral obligation to NOT use it.)
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