OK, let’s get the ball rolling here.
First and foremost…. Yes, I do in fact own a magicjack. I purchased it about two weeks ago via their free trial offer I saw on television.
It took about a week to arrive, coming in a nicely packaged plastic envelope by U.S. mail. I assume it had some sort of delivery notification because it had a bar code on the mailing label.
Inside the package was my magic jack and a six inch usb extension cable, all wrapped nice and neat in bubble wrap, along with the simple instruction card you see below:
So I followed the instructions and plugged her in. Now it did take a couple of minutes for it to initialize because I guess it had to download updated software. Which I think is probably good, it seems as if they are constantly updating it, probably to keep it secure.
Anyway, after it did it’s updates I was then taken to a setup page where I had to enter my information and my preferences. This is where you setup your 911 info and select your phone number.
Another cool feature with Magicjack is that you get to select a number anywhere in the United States. Well, anywhere they have numbers available that is. Though I haven’t had to use the 911 feature (thank God), it does say that selecting a number in another area does not affect 911 response.
So I went through the setup, hooked up my cordless phone, and gave her a test.
Woo Hoo, dial tone! A very good sign!
I called my best buddy to get his opinion of the call clarity. His response was that it was as clear as a bell. On my end I did notice that the ear speaker volume was a bit loud, but I’m pretty sure you can adjust this. Other than that, it sounded and worked like a regular hardline phone.
Some points to mention.
You MUST have a broadband connection. If you have a dialup internet service, the Magic Jack is not for you. If you are using regular DSL, you will not be able to give up your regular phone line. Duh, it’s what provides the DSL. There does exist DSL services that are standalone. They are often referred to as “Naked DSL” and would probably work for your MagicJack.
Personally, I’m on a cable internet connection via Time Warner. It works like a champ and I’ve not even seen any lag in phone conversations while downloading stuff or working online. We have it setup through a wireless router and it doesn’t even impact it at all when my wife is using her laptop via the wireless.
Another factor is that you MUST have your computer turned on for Magic Jack to work. It uses a little piece of software called a softphone that has to be working in the background on your computer for your phone to ring. If you cannot setup your computer to work all the time, just know that when you turn it off, you are also turning off your new Magicjack phone.
So, after a quick review it’s time for the bottom line.
Is MagicJack a scam?
Not in my opinion. It’s an awesome product at an unbelievable price. The praise it has received on Good Morning America, The New York Times, CNBC, and PC Magazine are well earned and true from my point of view.
So let’s get on with it. I built this blog so that you can discuss your opinions and experiences with MagicJack too. So post your comments in the box below and let’s build a community of knowledge about this new and exciting product.