This is a guest-post from my friend Andre Israel. What can I say – the guy is thorough!!
I'm sure most of you have seen the infomercials for this product before, and if you were sceptical about it, let me tell you:
I was too! But you know what? All I can say now is that, based on MY experience, since I got it two days ago, I am VERY happy with it!
The sound quality seems to be as good as a regular home phone!
In fact, because it's working so well for me, I am HIGHLY considering cancelling my Bell home phone altogether, but I'll still occasionally check my voicemail messages on it until then.
Oh, and the Magic Jack costed me only $39.99, and this includes the first YEAR for free.
After that one year, the price to renew is only $20 US a year (or $70 US for a 5-year plan, which would save you $30).
I've wanted to try this Magic Jack for a loooooooong time, but the fact that you were only able to get a US number assigned to you was a big turnoff for me. However, only recently did they (the Magic Jack company) start to offer you a Canadian phone number!
You pay an extra $10 per year for the Canadian number, so the cost is really about $30 a year, not $20, but this is still a GREAT deal.
And the 5-year plan would be $120 ($70 + $10 more per year for Canadian number).
Either way, people can call me on this thing, as they would call any land line, and I can call anywhere in Canada or the US for free!
All you need is a computer with Windows XP or better, a high speed internet connection (even high speed LITE would work), a USB port (which pretty much every computer has), and any regular phone (or cordless, as I myself am using). Oh, and you need a credit card.
For making or receiving calls, the computer MUST be on, with the software running, buuuuuut even with the computer OFF, you (or anyone else) can still use it's voicemail, and also you can have your calls forwarded to another number (by changing your settings online, which can be done fairly quickly, but I haven't tried this feature yet).
I am NOT endorsing this product, so I don't want to be held liable if anything should go wrong, or it doesn't work well for you. I don't benefit in any way by telling you about this product, but all I'm saying is that it's definitely worth trying out, in my opinion. You might even end up ditching your home phone line!
Mind you, you WOULD have to have either Rogers internet (which does NOT require a Bell phone line) or "Dry DSL" if you are to cancel your Bell home phone, because all DSL internet providers still rely on using Bell's physical phone line in order to offer you their internet services.
Be warned, though, that when you install the software that is built into the Magic Jack, there is a VERY lengthy Terms And Conditions, which you MUST agree to, otherwise you can't proceed.
If you like, I can email you these Terms and Conditions to look at before going and purchasing the device.
From where I bought it, they said there are no refunds, so I was taking a chance, but then again, I am paying about $43 a month for a Bell home phone, so the price of the Magic Jack was about the same as just ONE month of Bell, so the choice to take a chance was a no-brainer.
For more info on the Magic Jack, visit their site here.
Most of your questions are probably covered already, if you check out their FAQs/Knowledgebase section.
This may all sound like some kind of advertisement, but it's not.
I'm just a regular guy trying to help people save a few bucks off their phone bill, and I hope it works well for you, should you decide to give it a try.