Does anyone have any experience with that phone service which uses an internet connection to work? It costs only a $20.00 annual fee. I think its called Smart Jack or Phone Jack. It sounds too good to be true!
By Angolamom from Lewes, DE
Yep, I have one and like it. I do have a few problems every now and then but mostly when the other person is on a cell phone and they are moving or in a car, otherwise it's well worth it. They are now selling them at Wal-Mart.
I have one and have had it for almost a year. It's worth the $20. You get so much more than your moneys worth. I travel outside the US and it works excellently as long as the dsl connection is strong. My problem has been that it is choppy outside the US, but worth every penny. (05/18/2009)
I have one and love it. We only have cell phones so this is great. You can even set it to forward unanswered calls to another number if you want. The cost is so worth every penny. (05/19/2009)
This post is a bit off topic, but I thought I would insert into the discussion, just as food for thought. I think it is important to have a land line to your home for safety reasons. It costs very little to have one phone that isn't cordless, so that you can phone when there is a power outage (I spent a pleasant hour on the phone chatting to my mom in a winter evening power outage). Of course, you can call on your cell phone then, but what if your phone is low on charge? Or the outage lasts more than a few hours? No phone.
Cell phones towers can become overloaded in an emergency, and then you cannot make your call. This never happens with a land line. I didn't realize that this could happen, until a major blizzard in nearby city, and everyone was using their phones at the same time. No phone.
I also know there is some issue with 911 service on the internet phone service. I have forgotten the details on this, just that you couldn't call 911.
As far as free long distance, I have used both MSN and Yahoo on a regular basis (and have friends who use Skype) for voice calls computer to computer, and am completely satisfied with this. I have not used it phone to computer, so I can't say anything about that. (05/19/2009)
I agree with louel53 you need to have at least one phone with a line for safety. Sometimes cell phones can't be counted on in an emergency, plus you need to be sure and not forget to charge your phone. (05/19/2009)
By Teresa Kay
I have MagicJack and like it very much. Certainly well worth the $20 a year to me. Your computer has to be on but you can forward calls from MagicJack to any number and turn off your computer. It has free info and all services such as call waiting etc. It is not a rip off in my opinion, as some have said. (05/19/2009)
I used my magic jack here in the Philippines and it is good. I found a way to hack magic jack without the need for the usb device itself. I can use magic jack always and not needing the usb dongle.
I have to test it on another computer and I put my magic jack on usb and give it to my friends if they want to call in the US and Canada. It is simple to use. My aunt gave it to my uncle and I have been using it and hack the magic jack so he could use that also.
I will keep you posted if the hack works because it works for me in my computer, Vista sp2. The call and voice quality is superb and brilliant and clear as the original. I am looking forward that it will work on my other computer and on the usb. (07/04/2009)
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