In case you haven't followed the Magic Jack since its original release several years ago, they recently released the Magic Jack Plus, a newer and much improved version of their "kill your phone bill" gadget.
First, let's address the basics and take a closer look at what you actually get, because I can hear some people still thinking "WTF is the Magic Jack Plus anyways?"
Leaving all the technical details aside, it's really pretty simple. You get a nifty little device that transforms any regular phone by allowing you to connect it to your router/internet connection through a simple setup shown below. NOTE, you can use this with or without a computer (big improvement from previous version, which required your computer to be on to work).
The Magic Jack plugs into the power adapter, which plugs into the wall or power strip. There are plugs on the other side for your regular phone cord, and one for connecting to your router or modem.
Here's what you get:
- the Magic Jack Plus unit itself
- a USB power adapter
- an ethernet cable
- a USB cord
- 1 YEAR of phone service included in the price – yes, you get 12 full months of service for about the price of 1 month with your traditional phone company!
Magic Jack Plus – Top Features
- Free Voicemail
- Free Caller ID
- Free Call Waiting
- Call Forwarding
- Directory Assistance
- Your own phone #
- Unlimited calling within the US & Canada
- Always have free calls back to the US & Canada if you travel abroad
- Can use any corded, or cordless, phone
- Portable if you travel, just plug into your computer
- "High Definition" voice quality sounds great
- Can transfer existing phone number, get a new number, or even get a "vanity number"
Here's a quick look at the negatives:
- if you lose power or internet connection, you won't be able to make calls like with a traditional landline (but hey, you probably have a cell phone anyways — plus you could solve this by plugging your modem/router into a UPS to give you a short term backup power source)
- You need a hi-speed internet connection – dial-up won't work for you
- If you are absolutely terrible with computers, you may get frustrated, but it's pretty straightforward and they do have set-up instructions.
- The major complaint is that the customer support is bad, and there is some truth to that…but you have to weight that against the cost savings and other positives – they are more focused on keeping costs low with great features — The Magic Jack Plus website does now have more support documentation as well as improved options for contacting them to get customer support.
With Magic Jack Plus you can make unlimited free calls within the USA and Canada. Magic Jack Plus only costs $69.95 for product and the entire first year of service! It drops to as low as $19.95/year after that. That price includes the hook-up device and a phone number. They offer a 30-day free trial to make sure you like the service. Magic Jack works with almost all computers and operating systems. If you have any questions, they have a large FAQ section on their website (link below).
Magic Jack Reviews Site Conclusion
The vast majority of Magic Jack Reviews, especially for the newer Magic Jack Plus, are that it is a great product that works as it's supposed to. If you like the idea of calling your local phone company and telling them you are done with all those ridiculous taxes and fees and monthly rates, then you should definitely give it a risk free 30-day trial. Worst case scenario is that you end up deciding it's not for you within the trial period.
For the price of about ONE month with your regular phone service, you get all the benefits for a full year Just think about what you could do with that extra $50-60 per month after the Magic Jack Plus pays for itself many times over.
The good news is that you can get a risk free 30-day trial of Magic Jack internet phone service to kick the tires and make sure you are completely satisfied with the service. If you are like me, you'll be mad you didn't get in on this earlier and cancel your landline –> save that extra money, we're in a recession!
- "On one end is a USB connector that plugs directly into the computer. On the other end is a regular phone jack where you plug in your phone. And that's it." – LA Times
- "A little device called MagicJack will let you make calls from your phone to other phones….letting you quickly bring almost any corded or cordless phone into the 21st century." – NY Times
- "A new device, the MagicJack, may provide the cheapest way for anyone to start making calls using an ordinary landline phone. It is definitely the easiest to use." – Boston Globe
- "Skype and Vonage killer." – CNBC
- "MagicJack's call quality is amazing – almost too good to be true….everybody should try it." PC Magazine, Editor's Choice
Magic Jack reviews can be found in many major media outlets, such as:
- CNET – Crave
- Laptop Magazine
- The Washington Posts Raves About the magicJack
- Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine
- U.S. News and World Report: Look Out, Vonage. Here Comes magicJack
- PC Magazine Gives the magicJack the Editors' Choice Award!
- Crunch Gear
- Skype and Cable Phone Services Look Out for magicJack!
- This Week In Consumer Electronics