We’ve had two phone lines in the house for a while. While we aren’t able to get rid of the second number, we wanted to see if we could cut the costs associated with it at all. We were paying $39.99 per month for just that second phone line, which translates to $480 per year. I’d heard about MagicJack Plus and decided to look into it further, to see if it was a good alternative for us.
Long story short, MagicJack Plus, which sells for $69.95, allows you to make and receive telephone calls through a VOIP connection without having to pay for monthly telephone service. Along with the free local and long distance phone service in the US and Canada, MagicJack customers also receive free voicemail, Call Waiting, Caller ID, and Directory Assistance. In the past, your computer had to be on to use the MagicJack. That wouldn’t work for me, as I don’t leave my computer on. Not long ago, the folks at MagicJack introduced an upgraded model – the MagicJack Plus. With the new MagicJack Plus you don’t have to leave your computer on to use it.
I received one of the MagicJack Plus units. The MagicJack Plus is easy to install. First you connect the device to your computer’s usb port with the included cable, so that you can register it and get your phone number. Then you connect the device to your telephone, plugging the ac adapter into the wall, the ethernet cable into your modem, and the telephone into the device. That’s it. For those of you that travel and need access to a phone, the Magicjack Plus is portable. You could actually bring the MagicJack Plus with you to use while traveling if you wanted.
When I registered my MagicJack Plus I chose the option to port my current number over, which has an associated charge of $19.95. Porting your number over can take up to ten business days, which mine did. During that time I just disconnected the MagicJack Plus and used the landline, since I didn’t want to miss any calls by using the MagicJack Plus. I received an email notifying me that the transfer of my phone number was complete on the tenth day. At that point I reconnected the MagicJack Plus. I have noticed no large change in sound quality on the line during dialing or while on phone calls. I have the MagicJack Plus connected to line 2 in my two-line phone, and also connected to a fax machine. Everything works as it should, and as it had when connected to the landline, with no problems. MagicJack Plus does have free voicemail included. The voicemail is the one thing I don’t like. Why? Because you cannot disable the voicemail or change the number of rings before a call goes to voicemail. I have my line connected to an answering machine in the home by choice, I do not want to use voicemail for it. For me to use my answering machine I actually had to set it to two rings. This is an inconvenience I can live with because of the savings, one that will hopefully be addresses in future versions of the MagicJackPlus.
MagicJack PLUS costs $69.95 plus shipping and handling. Considering I was paying $480 per year, that’s a price well worth the money, don’t you think?
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