I was contacted by a public relations rep to check out the magicJack internet phone system, since I love free stuff I said I would absolutely try it (hint hint PR People…contact me)!
Setting up and Registering my MagicJack Account
I couldn’t believe how easy it was to set up the magicJack, I literally plugged the unit into my computer’s USB and it started updating and installing the software using my broadband internet. Once the updating and installing completed it went right into registration:
The account registration was pretty simple and straightforward…name, address etc. It did not ask for a credit card, but that may because the unit was sent to me via a public relations firm. After I registered my account, the amount of upsell attempted was incredible. Among other questions, it asked me if I wanted:
- To choose my number – cool option! If I stick with this product I may register 516-XXX-Evan!
- If I wanted to insure the product
- Prepay International minutes
- Prepay for a lower amount for 5 years of service
Regardless of the upsell attempts I finally got to plug in my phone and use the actual software.
Interestingly, you can dial from the phone you don’t need to use the software makes it very natural. Considering the only phone I had the desire to move around so I could test the system was a mid 90’s Saved by the Bell-esq light up phone, I was curious if I wanted to, could I plug in a normal portable-wireless phone and a review of the magicJack website indicates that you can also plug in a portable telephone.
Pros of the magicJack System
The biggest positive I can come up with is the price; I pay more per month with Verizon than the what magicJack costs for the entire year! The second pro is that the ease. I am not sure why, but when I think about turning my computer into a phone I assumed it was going to be complicated with lots of settings. The people at magicJack really figured if they were going to go this route – ease was a must.
The option to create a vanity number could be a huge benefit in certain situations. I know I’d love if my number was 555-Evan, but then again I am weird like that. Additionally, the ability to change your phone number almost at will could be a great option if you needed to avoid phone calls, for whatever shady reason. MagicJack also allows you to use your computer’s microphone/speaker system or use a connected headset so an actual phone may not be necessary.
Depending on the website you read, people either love the actual service or hate it. I will tell you that my short experience with the product was pleasant. The phone clarity was adequate and there were no problems with incoming or out going phone calls.
Negatives of magicJack
There are a couple big drawbacks associated with magicJack, however I don’t think any one of the drawbacks is enough to completely ignore the product. First, you can’t port your number. This is huge negative if you are thinking about using this product for your business. Second, your computer/internet needs to be on and working. I really don’t think this is a huge deal anymore, because without power I would be forced to search (likely in the dark) for the previously mentioned 90’s light up phone, since every phone in my house is a portable wireless phone that requires power anyway!
Another drawback of magicjack is that it has to be connected via USB all the time with the phone connected. In my house, like most houses today, we have laptops so it would be just weird carrying around the phone with me all the time. The problem may be minimized by using a headset or the speaker system option.
Am I switching to magicJack?
Simply put, no I am not switching to magicJack, but it has nothing to do with the product but rather my home situation. The Wife runs a business out of our home, and I/we are just not ready to make the leap. However, if that business ever stopped I would 100% get this product since I feel like a hardwired phone is way overpriced.
Do you have any experiences with magicJack?
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