A few years ago, we started to see infomercials on this little piece of hardware called Magic Jack that claimed free local and long distance calling. In fact, Magic Jack claimed you could potentially never pay a monthly phone bill again. I thought the TV commercials were a bit hokey and a little blown out of proportion in terms of a sales pitch. In addition, I would see these devices on the “as seen on TV” shelves at WalMart and Walgreen. Every time I saw it, I thought there is no way this thing can live up to it’s claim.
During the past year, my wife had mentioned that I should at least give Magic Jack a chance by trying it out for myself before I sop easily dismissed it. I had already had a good reliable VoIP provider for my home office phone. I was in the checkout line at WalMart and there was Magic Jack hanging at the checkout line. I am still not sure why, but I decided then and there to buy Magic Jack. I paid $39.95 for this self-proclaimed revolutionary phone device, which can be split in half. The device really costs $19.95 and you get one year of service for $19.95.
The Magic Jack package sat on my desk for a week before I decided to open and install it on my desktop computer. I must admit that the setup and installation was quite simple. I plugged my touch tone phone into the Magic Jack and then plugged the Magic Jack into the USB port on my computer. As soon as I plugged it in, it started to download the Magic Jack software. The setup menu require me to go online and register at which time I got a new phone number.
That was it. The entire process took 5 minutes.
I picked up the phone and to my surprise, I had a dial tone. Actually, I was quite surprised it was working that quick. I proceeded to call my brother, mother, and friend without a single issue. The following weeks I had made no less than 40 calls and received no less than 20 calls using the Magic Jack Service.
So I was 100% wrong about Magic Jack. It has lived up to its claim to the tee. For $19.95, I got one year of unlimited local and long distance calling of the magic jack service, Free voicemail, Free directory assistance, and a Free phone number. I realize Magic Jack is not your typical VoIP service provider, it’s actually much better. Vonage, one of the most well known VoIP providers, charges $24.95 per month for pretty much the same service that Magic Jack charges for twelve months.
Before you dismiss Magic Jack has a viable VoIP service solution for your home, I would highly suggest you do what I did and give it a try for yourself. With the phone service savings Magic Jack offers, you would be crazy not to at least give it a chance.