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Old 03-09-2011, 06:32 PM
 
Location: lost wages
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Anyone have the Magic Jack Phone? If so, please comment on the quality and ease or difficulty in setting up. We seldom use the home phone and was considering one. Other information appreciated also. Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:38 PM
 
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Don't get it. It infects your computer with adware that will display advertisements even when you are not on the phone. That is why it is so cheap. I recommend Skype. I pay $60 a year for unlimited calling without the adware.

Magic Jack is Adware! - MagicJack | DSLReports Forums
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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I've used magic jack and skype. Magic jack sounded fine "when" it worked. I always had issues. Skype on the other hand has never let me down.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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As opposed to Chriss Angel...the magic jerk?
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Pueblo West, CO
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i love magic jack. It works great.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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I find the volume to be fairly faint. Also, when I use Magic Jack to call Cox, all I ever get is a fast busy signal. But when I use my cell phone it goes through all the time.

There is a magic jack competitor: Free Local and Long Distance Calling with netTALK's DUO you might want to look at. You don't need the computer turned on -- you can plug it directly into your router.
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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You'd probably get a better response and more replies if this question was posted in the Science and Technology forum. But, that aside, IMO Magic Jack is crap. I had it for less than a year. Yeah, it's cheap. But you have to have a high speed internet connection on a fairly new computer. All of which I had, and it was still inconsistent. I heard people perfectly fine on my end. Everyone else told me they could barely hear me at all even though I was almost yelling into the phone. Or the call would cut in and out constantly.

You're screwed if your computer likes to shut down at night to "reboot" or something. At the time I had a desk top computer, upstairs in the loft. So if I was busy doing other things downstairs, I wouldn't even notice the computer being turned off and I missed a lot of phone calls. I still have my MJ but I don't need it now and I probably won't ever use it again. The commercials like to blow smoke up your chimney. Don't believe them.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:16 PM
 
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I love my Magic Jack.
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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I love my Magic Jack.
Easy there...you can go blind!
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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It's been a while so I forget the specifics but I had nothing but trouble with mine so I got rid of it.
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