magicJack Reviews

magicJack is an extremely cheap VoIP provider that works by using your existing Internet connection to make and receive calls. magicJack provides a plug-and-play device (like a USB drive) that you can connect to your computer or high-speed modem to start making local and long-distance calls. You can use magicJack for as little as $19.95/year per line. 

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

Is magicJack worth it? 

We recommend that anyone interested in buying a magicJack read the user reviews here first.

 

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Works great!

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I installed MJ July 2017 on a Verizon Fios high speed internet connection. It works brilliantly. I suspect many of the negative reviews may eminate from using DSL or some other, slower connection. Set up was easy, as was porting over my old phone number onto MJ. I prepaid 5 years and my new "land line" costs about $3.00 per month. Awesome. In the 4 months it has been set up, I only once had an issue, and just unplugged the device and then replugged it in. It just works. Basically, totally great technology that costs next to nothing. I did not set up the cell phone app, so can't speak to that part of the service.

Works, and is dirt cheap.
Needs high speed connection.
Yes

Used to be great

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I had magic jack on two phones for about 7 years. This last year renewing them has been a nightmare. I paid the 35 for the plan, but after I bought it it said I needed a customized phone number fee for like 3 bucks. I paid it. Now a month later it’s not working and it says it’s expired. Called customer service and they said I can pay more fees to keep my service. So I just paid for a years plan to use in one month. No thank you, I will spend money elsewhere. They lost a longtime customer and one that refers people to the company.

No dropped calls
Hidden fees after you buy service plan
No

go with a different company

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Customer service is awful, if you can even understand the speaker. only good thing is the price. quality has suffered so much the last year that i've switched to a different carrier. getting my number ported from magicjack has been a nightmare. i would recommend you go with any company other than magicjack.

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Pass Magic Jack By. Too Many Negatives!

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Magic Jack is not worth it. Here;s why:Even though this is a PHONE company,
you cannot call them to discuss anything. It is all by online "chat" which
is terribly time consuming, unless you type faster than you talk.There is no
option to cancel your service on the website.
I use T-Mobile which lets me call for 0.20 (twenty cents) a minute when
overseas.At home I have reduced my land line to the basic minimum - Toll-free
and local calls outgoing plus 911, and of course accepts all calls incoming.
My monitored home alarm system uses the 800 number to call the central
station if there is an intrusion or fire so I need it for that, plus I didn't
want to change my home number which has been given out for years & is on my
business cards.
I initially used MJ when overseas, but it is a pain to carry a telephone
along and my T-Mobile cell plus e-mail & text messages are all I need.
Magic Jack sucks and is a waste of money.

Low Cost.
See above. Terrible service. Difficult to communicate with them.
No

Total waste of money and time

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This is the biggest piece of garbage I have ever used. I can't talk on the
phone without getting cut off constantly. I'll be in the middle of a
conversation and it just clicks and I get the dial tone. Then it won't allow
me to dial out again for several minutes. You don't even get 911 access
included. You have to pay an extra fee for that which is utterly ridiculous.
Every phone company should include 911 calling. Don't waste your money on
Magic Jack. It will only give you a migraine

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Drops phone calls constantly No 911 calling included
No

Magic Jack bigest scam ever

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They advertise FREE unlimited calling to the US and Canada and FREE magicJack
to magicJack international calling, which it's an absolute lie. I signed for
five years service promotional fee, that was 99.99, when the bill came in CAN
dollars, was $187.90 they said they where not using the banking rate exchange
and they have to charge me the exchange that was based on their calculations.
I tried to cancel but they said I only would be refunded 17.00can because
penalties for the cancelation. So I didn't have a choice and I had to keep
the service. A month later, all a the sudden I stop receiving phone calls, I
tried to fix the problem from my MJ online account but didn't worked. I tried
to keep using the service just making outgoing calls and every often the
calls where interrupted by recordings reminding to check my account or simply
interrupted my phone calls.
I contacted customer service which they said they where unable to fix the
problem and they where unable to tell me the reason why my account was in
hold. It took me few weeks calling every day and trying to contact someone to
help me, but they told me that they where not even in the American continent
to attend my concern. They said that they where in a place which they where
no allowed to tell me, but they said they will pass my report.
Couple of weeks later the problem became obsessively annoying interrupting my
outgoing phone calls. I was unable to find help for this problem, so I
decided to become rude with these people and they transferred to a supposed
responsible.
I was on my only account while I was speaking with this woman and she said
hold on in the phone and she just cancelled all applications, devices and
services which I saw the changes instantly on line. She came back to me on
the phone and she said that I violate the time allowed on my service. I said
that I paid for the five years service and that was advertised as unlimited
phone, she said that some where in the 56 pages agreement said that the
services isn't unlimited phone calls passing certain period per day. So they
took my 187.90 can, they tried to make an other charge for the cancellation
which thanks to my bank blocked the charge, they cancelled all my apps,
devices and blocked the number I was using to contact them.
There's no agency or government service to report this company's scam. I
would ever recommend to get this terrible service that may was the must
expensive phone service I have ever paid.

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The worse scam ever on Phone Internet service. The most disgusting and meaning costumer service. The must abusive lie advertised. The worse experience dealing with a fake company. Unreliable Soon or later consumers will fall into their ambush
No

Low price tag, so-so quality, international calling expensive if works at all, customer service sucks

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If you only need local & north America calling, and can live with constant
background humming during calls, magicJack offers a very competitive price
tag.

But, if you need international call, or fax, or quality calls w/o any
annoying background noise, this is not for you. To make international
calling, you have to buy pre-paid credits, which will expire in 6 months.
Also be aware, its so-called feature of "placing international call from
another registered number (not your magicJack #)" doesn't work at all.

If you like to solve issues with customer service department, I wish you good
luck. For its customer service representatives, at least the ones I dealt
with, are simply busy operators reading from scripts to fend off customer
inquires. They're not technical people at all, so they're clueless for
anything outside of their typical scripts.

price
noise during calls, expensive international calling with expiration date & some listed feature not working at all, clueless customer service
No

Beware It NOT all FREE - magicjack

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I have 50 mb high speed service and the phone quality is OK, not great.
Caller id doesn't really work, it shows the number but never the name
associated with it, even when names are listed.

I'm also discovering that not all calls are included. just learned that local
conference calls numbers are not included. supposedly buried somewhere in the
agreement.

Still cheap
you get what you pay for
No

I use MJ with 3 Wired panasonic phones with 1.0 REN

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I have MJ GO, though I suspect I could have hung on to MJ-Plus-2012 which I'd
used for 2 years along with DSL, until 2017 when I switched to Optimum Cable,
at which time I decided to switch to GO along with Cable. Frankly,
MJ-Plus-2012 may have been just as good if not better than GO. (Not that I'm
a tech expert, but still..)

...Note I'm rating this 4 stars to balance the 1 star reviews, because both
myself and many others need MJ for budget reasons.

That said, here are the drawbacks:

(1) The MJ adapter is BAD. Everyone agrees on that. Unfortunately, if you
wish to keep several spares handy, it's getting harder and harder to find
affordable good-quality single-USB adapters these days.

(2) Customer support is WORSE THAN BAD. For example, a chat agent had
erroneously removed my MJ phone number from the Account dropdown during a
Remote session when attempting to scout out issues. That entailed hours of
hassle with a subsequent chat-agent, and agonizing whether it would indeed
get successfully reinstated. Somewhat like roulette. Yet another chat-agent
set my router wrong, which I suspected, and therefore I asked the next agent
to check it out. Sure enough, my suspcions had proved correct, as confirmed
by the latter agent. ALWAYS be vigilant with them, because after countless
hours I endured with zillions of their agents, i've found maybe one-percent
to be somewhat knowledgeable. And that goes even for one of the agents
empowered to make outbound calls! Though granted, one or two of them was
pretty smart, and likewise re: the Level-3 agents.
May-2017 Update:
Today, yet another MJ agent (a senior one whom i asked to be summoned) was
horrific. As usual, it dragged out HOURS. She couldn't offer clear basic
instructions for a basic procedure (setting up prepaid international) wherein
all the textboxes and info are VERY unclear. I kept requesting she type the
precise steps I need to do. I even gave her MY OWN EXAMPLES of how to convey
clear instructions. But despite my efforts, she responded with generalities,
as a three-year old might do. So there's practically no diff. between junior
or senior agents!!! For example, when I asked "do i need to click the button
near my name & ship-address even though Prepaid-minutes aren't being shipped
to me" she responded "please click the button near your name it bill bring
you the billing info". That was NOT true. All it did was color-in the button!
A mature person would have actually answered to the point, as well as
providing an ACCURATE response as follows: Click the button which says
CONTINUE-TO-BILLING-INFO. But that's only a drop in the bucket. You need to
see their moronic interface. You also needed to be here to understand the
DRAGGED-OUT-WAIT-TIMES until the NonSupport agents get around to responding
to nearly EVERYTHING.
Whichever careless creature(s) are responsible for programming their entire
procedure and designing their web pages ought to be prosecuted by all of us
for our premature white hair. Literally.

(3) I need to occasionally reset the device by unplugging it - due to
disconnects coupled with error messages such as "Error 23". Thus, the GO
model is no different than MJ-Plus-2012 in that respect, despite their
touting GO as the most superior of all. (more like marketing hype) The
error-message happened today when my computer was on, so maybe it's less
likely to happen when my computer is turned off.

(4) Will not operate with Linux, or so i'm told.

(5) Inaccurate instructions - such as stating that it will work with a
splitter. That was NOT the case with me.

(6) yet more inaccurate instructions - by not advising people (and the MJ
chat-agents) that with DSL, you don't need an "official" router, but rather
you can use a simple cheap Switch which can be programmed by your ISP as a
router a/k/a "gateway"

(7) MJ chat-agents never told to advise people that when switching from DSL
to Cable (or from one ISP to another??) you need to make sure that your DSL
line is totally disconnected at point of entry. Otherwise, there will be
interference, and incoming phone calls will not work properly if at all.

(8) For those EMF-sensitives who prefer wired-phones:

The MJ chat-agents fail to advise people that YOU CAN OFTEN have up to THREE
house phones connected to the MJ line.
Here's how I did it:
I have three 1980s phones, each with a REN value of 1.0.
I turned my bedroom ringer OFF.
The kitchen ringer is OFF too.
The computer-room ringer is HIGH.

By doing these steps, it enabled my answering machine recording to kick in
after 5 rings, instead of after many rings (or not kicking in at all).
I also UNPLUG my fax-phone except when I need to use it.

MJ provides affordability for those like me on a very tight budget, and hey, it actually works, with occasional disconnects. That is - once the hassle of set-up is over, during which your hair may literally turn white, and your fingers develop arthritis. That literally happened to me, due to endless typing on the horrific Chat.App with NonSupport agents.
See my review for itemized Cons, and there are more all over the web.
Yes

Majic Jack Creepy

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Since my boyfriend and I began using Majic Jack we have been hearing
conversations of other from our phone, Loud porno type music once we start
dialing, and calls dropping and when the phone is still to your ear you can
hear ringing as if your calling someone but your not. I don't know if
someones listening into phone calls, if it's just shitty service, or what is
going on. But being a crime journalist I need privacy during my phone calls
and I feel like someone is listening into my calls. I'm dropping the service
and I do NOT recommend the service to my worst enemy.

Cheap
Creepy music and hearing conversations of other people from my phone
No

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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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