Friday, May 9, 2008

Magic Jack Review

I've been bugging Joe to do this post for a while, but he hasn't yet so I will. I think it's a good product that could really save a lot of money for a lot of people.

Joe's self-employed which means that we have to pay all his business expenses including....phone expenses. Now they are tax deductible, but its complicated, and the cell phone is sooooo pricey. Right now we are on a 2000 minute plan. Joe talks to a lot of clients and a lot of companies when he's processing business. So he found this product which we'd found some mixed reviews of and we tried it out and it has been great to reduce our cell phone bill.

Name: The Magic Jack

What it is: A telephone service that costs you $40 to purchase and then $20 a YEAR thereafter. Includes unlimited long distance throughout the US and Canada. Has call waiting, call forwarding, and voicemail---and probably other things I don't know about.

How it works: The Magic Jack is a device that plugs into your USB drive and then has a phone jack on it. It has its own phone number that is assigned to you when you sign up (you get to choose the area code). You plug your phone into it, put the software on your computer, and wallah, its a normal phone. People can call it, you can call them. You can use it one of three ways: 1) You can hook up a blue tooth headset to your computer and talk on it that way, 2) You can use your computer microphone, but that caused a big reduction in sound quality on our computer, or 3) You can plug a plain old regular landline phone into it. The sound quality is excellent. Joe just has his cell phone forwarded to the magic jack number. So you could use it to cut your cell phone bill or replace your landline (or both!). Anyway if you want to know more ask Joe, he uses it more than me.

The result: I'm pretty excited about it. With Joe using this instead of his cell phone we think we'll be able to cut our cell phone back to 700 minutes a month, saving us about $40 a month on cell phone bills (at least until things get really crazy with his buiness then we might have to upgrade back to 1000 minutes).

So that's all. We thought maybe it was too good to be true, but nope, its great. if you want more reviews go to this section of their website where major newspapers and websites have reviews. Let me know if you try it and what your experience is with it.

3 little remarks:

Michael said...

I love all the new phone stuff coming out. Very cool. Here are a few things you might want to try:

1. Vonage - I've been a huge fan of the service. We've used it for several years and its so nice not have to worry about long distance.

2. grandcentral.com - A company that was acquired by Google that does a lot of cool things but it is very cool for those running there own business.

3. Sprint - Sprint might not be the best carrier but you can't beat the deal that I've got.

Love the blog.

Cousin Michael.

CJ said...
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CJ said...

Surely you meant "voila", not "wallah". :)

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