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.
Initially I used it for a few years without too many issues. Calling back to the number was iffy and we would periodically have outages and not know it. Finally my unit died so I purchased a replacement and the real fun began. The first challenge is that they make it very difficult to get any kind of support as they try to steer you to paying for the "Concierge" service. Once you clear that hurdle, getting someone on the support chat (this is the only way to get technical support) is very time consuming and as they attempt to communicate they are definitely ESL and trying to handle many, many calls at once so you will usually wait from 3 - 10 minutes for a response between questions. After going through this not once, but twice, my unit still would not perform reliably and would continue to drop my call after 5 - 10 minutes. Then, when I called to cancel the service and get a refund on the unit, they refused to refund anything because I had it for two months. They held this position even when I pointed out the issues and lack of resolution. When I requested to just cancel my account, the representative was totally indifferent. If you are considering MagicJack, run - do not walk - the other direction!
Initially low cost, but outweighed by lack of reliability.
Reliability, lack of technical support, poor customer service, etc.
magicJack dishonest about rates
they send an email "It’s never too early to renew your home phone service Renew today Your magicJack subscription will expire on 11/17/2018, but you can add to your existing balance by renewing your home phone service early. Click “Renew Now” to lock in the current low rate (less than $2 per month) and continue to enjoy all the great features that magicJack offers." but when you go to renew, their price for 3 years is $97.01 which works out to $2.69 per month 3 Year Renewal Plan for magicJack $89.00 Order Subtotal $89.00 Admin Fee $8.01 Order Total $97.01 They are dishonest and all their personnel are in India and they have no customer support.
MagicJack is crap
cheap China stuff.....Will not last long....Poor customer service. Why don't they use parts made in the USA?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Work good for a while until cheap China parts fail
Cheap China parts
MagicJack - GO VoIP Adapter
We are very disappointed with our experience with MagicJack. For over half the calls that we receive, the only caller ID info we receive is the words, "incoming call". Hello!!! I "know" I have an incoming call, because- wait for it- my phone is ringing!! ;-) We chatted through the MJ chat line, only to be told that what we are experiencing is "a known issue" and that "the engineering department is working really hard to fix this matter". The call log, for incoming and outgoing calls, isn't uploaded until the following day, so we can't even look at the log to see what calls we have missed. Using MJ is like being transported back to the early 1990s. Save your money and more importantly your SANITY and don't buy a MJ unit.
Everything from customer service, to lack features (no caller ID), to call log that isn't updated until the following day.
After about a month of good service, MagicJack started to drop calls after about 2 to 6 minutes. The online chats were worse than useless. One chat said that MagicJack requires 30 ms latency with 3 ms jitter. But the VoIP guidelines are 150ms latency max (one way) with 40 ms jitter max for good quality. It shouldn't ever drop calls unless the connection goes away for a 'long' time. OK. So, I measured ping times to google and also to a magicjack IP address (22.214.171.124),and got 14 to 19 ms using my smartphone, but my laptop got 10 to 12 ms. So, on my next online chat, I told that to the chat person, and it told me that that was not good enough (they lowered the bar) and that I should complain to my ISP. It also told me that magicjack was a superior service that required very low latency and jitter. But, it's really the other way around. The more latency and jitter tolerant a VoIP provider is, the better the service is. Obvious, right? So, these guys just hide when their stuff gets overloaded and does not work. Very poor service. And they have a deal where you pay extra for 'better' service. Now, that's a real scam. Ten times nothing is still zero.
Out of control. No customer service when their stuff fails.
Scam - software non-operational
I have spent hours on the phone with the Magicjack support people, and still have a device that will not work with my operating system. It appears that they sell devices to Mac users knowing full well that it is incompatible with the latest Mac software. You will not find this disclosure on their website, and they will not refund your money when you find that it does not work with your system. Instead, they will put you on hold, transfer you to another department without warning, and obfuscate rather than admitting that the problem is on their end. After hours on the phone, they will then tell you that a fix is in the works, you just need to be patient while they are working on it. This company scams people, plain and simple.
See above. Device does not work with Mac software from the current century. Magicjack knows this, and sells the device as if it does.
MagicJack I bought 2007 stills works perfect
I bought my first MJ in 2007 and I still use it today though mostly only use it for questionable contacts where I suspect my number will be spammed or added to telemarketing list. I've bought two newer units (MagicJack Plus) over the years and they also work just fine. I used the first magicjack USB dongle with a laptop while driving truck cross country from 2007 to 2012. I used it for all communication with dispatch and to send in my trip and pay information. On occasion I would even send a fax with MJ though I learned I had to turn down the fax speed and only send B&W. I currently use two MagicJack Plus units for my home phone and home business phone lines. A few points I'll make. The older USB style has to be used in a powered USB port while the newer units with a RJ45 jack do not require a PC to use. ALL MagicJack need a high speed internet connection and a very good power source. Once, while messing with the configuration of my router, i did mess up the magicjack and customer service was no help at all in getting it running again, I did work that out on my own. The quality of the Dongle is not the best, but has lasted me since 2007 with repeatedly plugging and unplugging it in the USB port. The AC jack for the MagicJack Plus stopped working after a year though it does work for with a quality replacement I bought. I have the two MagicJack Plus plugged into the same UPS I have the router & modem plugged into which allows me to have phone service during a power loss unless the internet service goes down as well. MagicJack is as easy as getting cheese-wiz out of a can. The only prerequisite is an IQ over 75
The MJ is hands down the least expensive good phone service available.
It is NOT something that should be used by people that do not think mechanically. If you don't know what a powered USB port is, don't touch it. If you are challenged mechanically/electronically, don't waste your time
Absolutely horrible system. Do not get it!!!
Absolutely horrible!!! Took nearly 2 months for them to port an existing phone # (that they do not explain up front and was to take only 25 days, which is still ridiculously long and finally sent a 'successful port' message after 4 months), and no matter what dept I called about it, they could not figure it out. When it was supposedly finally working, people I called would get annoying beeps/noise on their end and incoming calls would not come thru (tried several different ph's, cords, power sources, etc, and still no reply from customer service on how to rectify any issue for over 2 weeks and several ph calls/web assistance requests - which by the way are extremely painful to connect to unless you like waiting forever), all of which I had to troubleshoot myself as they have absolutely no idea. After discussing it with them again, they still had no idea of what I was talking about. and still blame it on my internet provider. Because it works on my laptop (still with noise issues to whoever I call) they determined that it was fine and gave up on any assistance. It may work when you're out of the country but there are also fee's for that. Do not bother with this product at all. Troublesome, crap customer service, no value for your money at all. Total cash grab for whoever invented this p.o.s.
just about everything
New Canada Magicjack User
I am a new user so far & just cancelled my Shaw phone line service. I am a 45 years old Shaw customer & they gave me a lifetime loyalty discount of $10/month. So I am not really saving that much by using the Magicjack. If I did the research a little bit deeper, I probably won't do the switch & I might even regret it soon as I can't tell how good they will be with the service. So far so good & I was able to plug the telephone wire from the Magicjack to a telephone port; swap some wires in the basement to make all my 5 phones work just like before. The security alarm system has phone line trouble light ON & will have to deal with that later. Porting my old number costed $19.95USD. That took only 8 days (6 business days). Canada number another $10USD. Admin 9% charge $2.70USD. $43.12 CAD total +the hardware cost from Bestbuy. Found out Magicjack charges $30USD to port out a telephone number. Don't like that at all. Renew next year will cost: $39+$10+$4.41 = $53.41USD or $4.45USD/month or around $6CAD per month. Read people had bad experiences with renewing.
Still some saving but no customer service.
Charges $30USD+9% admin charge to port out a telephone number comes time.
Faulty MajicJack unit
I have been a MajicJack customer for a long time. I have praised it and recommended it to many since it was very useful. I had initially paid annually for about 5 years and last year I decided to pay for the 5 year plan since I didn't think it would come to this at all. Starting several moths ago, it stopped working, giving me an error message when I try to open it. I have tried to contact customer service several times and today finally I was able to chat and was placed 10 in waiting line! "Woo hoo" I thought. It finally came my turn and I started to chat with Mr. Byron C. I explained the issue. He checked to see if the serial number matches the service I have paid for till 2022 and it did. Then he said, regarding the error I was getting " Byron C: Not a problem. We will need to update the device's firmware. Do you know what kind of operative system does your computer run? Is it a Windows computer or a Mac computer?" . So he tried to give me a link, which was downloading a file with a weird extension so I had to go to website he sent to get the executable, still got another file with a weird extension that Windows didn't know how to run. But I changed the extension to ".exe" and then got the upgrade to run. But I still got the "Invalid Serial Number (oracle_magicjack:live)" error which is exactly what I got before as well. then Mr. Byron C said: Byron C: Please follow this steps: 1. Go to Windows start menu and type Device Manager and click on the result you get. 2. It will open a new window, go to DVD/CD-Rom Drives and Click on the one that says YMaxCorp. 3. Do a Right Click and go to Properties. 4. Then Go to the Details tab. 5. On the drop down menu go to Device Instance path. 6. On the value box there will be an information, please copy and paste the information on this chat. And when I gave the information, now the issue is the MajicJack unit is not working. His exact words "Deshika sadly the device is not working that is the reason why is giving you that error.", and "you have to buy a new magicJac unit." and " I can not refund the money because was the last year. and you can not use the service of magicJack without a magicJack unit." I know I will tell everyone that never ever to use Majic Jack and absolutely never pay for 5 years. All the time I was using annually, unit was fine. but since I got the new "MajicJack PLUS" with the 5 year plan, I have to buy another unit. I'll stick with other free services that's readily available nowadays. Seriously disappointed.
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.
Plug your phone into the magicJack
Plug the magicJack into your computer
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.
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.!
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