magicJack

magicJack is an extremely cheap VoIP provider. You can use magicJack for as little as $19.95/year per line. magicJack allows you to plug in a device like a USB drive into your computer to make phone calls from your computer.

With the newest magicJack Plus system, you don't have to have your computer on at all times in order to receive a call.

Buyer beware: We recommend that anyone interested in buying a magicjack read the user reviews here first.

 

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Awesome Value

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You better be tech savvy and know how to research and set this up, I had no problem but illiterate people might run into some snags unfortunately
Excellent price, paid for 5 years at a good discount, unit malfunctioned once and was sent a new unit for free - no questions asked
For the first few years we kept getting charged a port charge every year - this is a one time charge which they were charging us annually as an annual charge - bad bad, I kept reporting them, didn't do any good, then when I paid for the 5 years in advance I never seen another porting fee - good good
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MagicJack GO is fraud

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Not all US numbers are free as given in their website. Conference call numbers are not free (non toll free numbers). There are certain other US numbers are also not free. They will ask to add prepaid balance.
Price is very good. Sound Quality is acceptable
Not all US numbers are free as given in their website. Conference call numbers are not free (non toll free numbers). There are certain other US numbers are also not free. They will ask to add prepaid balance.
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poor service

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1) permanent noise, 2) interrupting voice sound, 3) additional payment for normally free numbers, 4) no customer service over the phone - only by chat, 5) no forwarding calls thru the phone only thru internet, 6) if you forwarded calls from your land phone to your cell you cannot call from your cell to your land phone.
cheap
poor service
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Magic Jack stinks!

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Save your money. In this case, you get what you pay for! They charge you yearly to import your number. Then when you decide to go with a different provider, they charge you a fine for importing thje number to the new carrier. Their customer service is awful! The sound quality is poor, and there is a delay whenever you answer a call. You can't hear the caller for several seconds. You lose service frequently, more often than you have service.
I can't think of any pros.
They charge you to import your phone number. There is a delay on the line when you answer a call. You lose service if there is just a hint or rain. Customer service is non-exsistent!
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Fine if it works, but often does not. No phone support/Windows only.

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It all was said above. Great if it works, does not too often. No phone support, online chat only. You have to have a computer with Windows in order to configure/update the Magic Jack. Technical support makes you do the same troubleshooting over and over again, most times with no satisfactory results. I would have loved to keep the unit, but it is just aggravating with all the interruptions. Some do not have this issue, well, try it for yourself.
Works excellent (when working), great voice quality, often full duplex (you can hear the other person while talking), price of course!
You all know 'Error 23' I bet. Connection is always lost after power outage, most times everything has to be re-configured. No phone support. You have to have a Windows (infected) computer to update the Magic Jack.
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Magic Jack Is Not As Advertised

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Magic Jack does not perform as advertised. Most of the time, it cuts-out, will drop the call or the voice communication on one side or the other or both cannot be understood. I have used it in Europe, Mexico and the States and the results are always the same.
Cheap way to call the States
Device doesn't work about 50% of the time.
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Buyer Beware! - Magicjack

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Be aware that this company WILL NOT help you in case your unit malfunctions and you have a spare unit that you wish to use for the remaining balance of the malfunctioning unit. THEY WILL JUST SAY SORRY, JUST BUY ANOTHER UNIT TO UTILIZE THE REMAINING BALANCE. Yep, they won't let us use a unit we already paid for to use the service we already paid for. Buyer beware!
Not even the price especially when the unit malfunctions suddenly.
Say goodbye to remaining credits when device malfunctions.
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Majic Jack is a rip off

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bought the unit, went online and paid to have my home number ported and then comes the bomb. You have to sign up for a number registry for either 5 or 10 years at $150 - $200. Had it mentioned this on the box I probably would have gone for it, but given they were sneaky rat battards, I am throwing it away. what a waste of money. Also, the indian customer support is next to impossible to understand.
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hidden fees and crappy customer service
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WHEN IT WORKS ITS GREAT

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It is great when it works and as long as you don't have to deal with the fools in tech support its great. When you have to deal with support they just don't listen or rather read what you type as there is no pone number to deal directly with them
WHEN IT WORKS ITS GREAT
WHEN IT STOPS FUNCTIONING PROPERLY THE IDIOTS IN CUSTOMER SERVICE/TECH SUPPORT ARE JUST THAT!
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dont waste your time and money - Magicjack

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would advise it to my worst enemy. i would never hear from them again.if yo think its going to get better if you keep it longer, its not cheese or good scotch, it doesent
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not as easy as 1,2,3 and your ready. thats a lot of bunk
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The Skinny

magicJack Revealed

What is magicJack?

A magicJack is a small device that allows you to make Internet phone calls for cheap prices.

As of 2016, magicJack Express costs $39.95 plus shipping and handling. You get 3 months of free unlimited calling to the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. Additional years cost $35.

How does magicJack work?

One of magicJack's top selling points is its ease of installation.

  1. Plug your phone into the magicJack
  2. Plug the magicJack into your computer
  3. Start making calls

Is there a special magicJack phone?

Nope! The magicJack device is what's known in the industry as an analog telephone adapter (ATA). You won't need a special phone in order to use magicJack.

What do you think of magicJack?

Many users have had a variety of issues with magicJack (as evidenced by the reviews). However, here are a couple of advantages of magicJack:

1. Lowest Monthly Rates

Setting aside the fact that the first 6 months of phone service with magicJack are absolutely free, monthly rates are available for as little as $3.00 per month. Prices like that are extremely hard to complain about, and even some of our most scathing magicJack reviews still rate magicJack with 5 stars in the price category.

2. Cheap Equipment

Any way you slice it, $39.95 is a great price to pay for the complete setup of a VoIP phone service that uses your existing phones. Other VoIP companies require specialized IP phones that can cost over $100, and an ATA adapter alone is often more than $50.

Even if the device runs into a problem and needs to be replaced, the low cost takes most of the sting out of a new purchase. In fact, with the money you'll save with magicJack's low monthly rate, the device practically pays for itself.

3. Easy to Use

MagicJack is designed for people who have never heard of VoIP in the first place, and want a simple plug-and-play device that works right away. That's exactly what magicJack offers, and the new magicJack PLUS offers even more options. The old device required a constant connection to a computer to work, but the new one only needs to do so once to register. After that, just plug it into the wall and feel free to shut the computer off. The video below outlines how to use magicJack without a computer.

Previously the magicJack software was been reported by some as very difficult to remove. MagicJack software now comes with an easier to access uninstall option, so this point is no longer valid.

MagicJack Customer Service

Unfortunately, magicJack does not have a customer service hotline. That means that the only way to resolve a service issue is through a high-traffic chat room, which occasionally has a slow response time as a result. Fortunately, the device is easy to install, so you'll likely never need the support. If you run into trouble, our best advice is to be patient with the chat, and see if the issue lies with your router configuration or Internet speed in the meantime.

If everything checks out and the chat system seems frustrating, just try doing something else for a while and wait for the chat system to get back to you. You can watch one of the many fan-made YouTube videos for magicJack support, try one of the links below to see if your issue is answered there, or even take care of checking your email while you wait. Sometimes, the best option is to simply wait a few hours for the peak traffic to die down, so that the support team has more time to dedicate to your needs. Either way, spending an hour or two researching and fixing any issues with the magicJack adapter is definitely worth the amount of money that you're saving with .

Third-party magicJack Support

There are also some helpful blogs out there on the web that cover how to use magicJack if you still encounter trouble.

Overall Analysis

In the end, and despite the issues that customers raise about magicJack service, we feel that magicJack offers a very low priced Residential VoIP service, especially for someone new to VoIP. However, there are a lot of negative customer reviews you should take into consideration. The extremely low monthly rate for unlimited phone calls is impossible to ignore, and the ease of installation further makes the case that magicJack's barebones VoIP service is one of the best in the industry.!

Don't take our word for it. We've got over 100 magicJack reviews for real magicJack customers. See what magicJack users have to say.

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