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MagicJack Plus 2014 New Version



Product Code - 2014MJ2995-T

MagicJack Plus 2014 New Version

 
Description:

The New MagicJack Plus is 85% more improved from other version. 
Please do not be taken with older stock of the MagicJack Plus

Product Code - 2014MJ2995-T

The New Magic Jack Plus doesn't require your computer to be on all the time. Magic Jack Plus works with or without a computer. MagicJack Plus has all the same features as the original MagicJack. The only different between Magic Jack and Magic Jack Plus is the ability to use the device without a PC and connects directly to your router.

Magic Jack also allows you to port (transfer) your home phone number to their service. Fire your old phone company and get a MagicJack today!

All US/Canada calls are free when using your magicJack. You can use your magicJack at home or at your business.

FREE LOCAL & LONG DISTANCE CALLING:

Take the magicJack with you when you travel to other countries. Call back to the U.S. and Canada for FREE. Use the magicJack anywhere you find high speed internet service.

You may find that your greatest savings are where you call from another country to the US or Canada for FREE. Just make sure that your travel destinations have high speed internet access

available. Most locations of Embassy Suites , Hampton , Hilton , Holiday Inn offer FREE internet access.

For calls from the magicJack to phone numbers outside the United States or Canada there are highly competitive international rates. However, all calls between two magicJacks anywhere in the world are free.

Features:

Call from your magicJack from any country to the U.S. and Canada and the call is free.

Call from a magicJack to a magicJack in any country and the call is free.

Call from the U.S. or Canada to the U.S. or Canada and the call is free.

Local/long distance/international calling

Free outbound local and long distance calls

FREE Voicemail

FREE Caller ID

FREE Directory Assistance

FREE Call Waiting

FREE Conference Calling

FREE Call Forwarding


This Package Includes:
    Magic Jack Plus
    USB Extension
    Power Supply
    1 Year Service

2014 MagicJack Plus Review

2014 MagicJack Plus Review

The New 2014 MagicJack Plus is 85% more improved from  previous version. 

Please do not be taken with older stock of the MagicJack Plus
Product Code - 2014MJ2995-T

I’ve long been a proponent of Voice over IP (VoIP), having dumped the phone company over 7 years ago.  During this period I’ve used 2 major vendors and only  switched to the latest one because my former VOIP supplier was getting greedy.  The price performance has been outstanding and the quality has been more than acceptable.  I’ve never stood still and have continuously compared other VoIP providers offers, but I have not considered magicJack a serious player.  This is because the magicJack required your computer to be running for it to work.. That’s until now!   The new magicJack PLUS can be plugged into a router or broadband modem, just like the big boys.  Also, I got turned off by the extremely annoying video on their home page.

Before I get into the details, perhaps a little refresher is in order. To use the magic Jack, or any VoIP device for that matter, you’ll need a broadband Internet connection. For magicJack a minimum bandwidth UPLOAD speed of 128 kb/s is required.  This would probably be cable or DSL, but not satellite.  It doesn’t make sense for someone to subscribe to broadband just for the telephone capability, so Grandma and Grandpa may want to stay with Ma Bell.  You should also have a minimum understanding of your home network, because there will be times that you’ll have to reboot your modem and router to clear up problems.  You should also be aware that if you lose power or Internet connection, you’ll also lose your phone capability.  I’ve addressed the power issue at my house by plugging my cable modem and router into a UPS.  This gives me an hour before I lose telephone service and covers most short power interruptions.

Features provided by magicJack:

  • Voicemail
  • Caller ID
  • Call waiting
  • Call forwarding
  • Your own phone number
  • Unlimited free calling within the US and Canada

There’s really not much to the device. You may not even need the smaller of the two cables. It’s a USB extension cable and you may be able plug the magicJack into your computer without it.




Here’s a closer look at the setup.  The magicJack plugs into the AC adapter, which plugs into the AC outlet.  On the left of the unit you have a socket for the phone cable and one for the LAN cable.  You could of course run the LAN cable from your router or switch.  I like using powerline Ethernet because I can locate the phone anywhere there’s an AC outlet.



 Here’s the setup when using the magicJack with a computer.  Because of the clearance to my USB ports, I needed the extension cable.  If using a laptop, this probably wouldn’t be necessary.  This setup is simpler, in that all you have to do is plug a phone into the phone port.  Power is supplied by the USB port.  However, to run in this configuration, the computer must be on and the softphone magicJack application has to be running.



The first time you plug the magicJack into a computer, it loads the softphone application and has to be registered.  This process takes about 14 screens of selections.  Here you will get an online account and select a phone number.  Fortunately there were area code (647) number available in Toronto so I elected to get a (647) area code number.  There is the option later of changing the phone number, for a fee, if one you want becomes available.



Be very careful when navigating the registration screens.  Most of them have an up-sell button and of course, it is the biggest.  If you don’t pay attention you could be signing up for more than you expected.  The above screen shot is one of the less egregious examples.  At the end of the process you should have a phone number and online account.  Also, be sure to use the address where you expect to use the magicJack, when you sign up.  This address will be used for the E911 service.

Now that we’re all registered, we can either leave the device plugged into the computer or plug it directly into a LAN port.  I’ve opted to use the LAN port option because it doesn’t require the magicJack application to be running.  However, when traveling I can take the device with me and use it with my laptop and when configured this way, I can either use a telephone plugged into the device or I can select to use the laptop speakers and microphone to make calls.  This is changed in the softphone application.



When plugged into the computer, the above screen will pop up for an incoming call.  At this point if you are using a telephone you pick it up and answer as normal.  If using the computers audio, you would click on accept and begin speaking.  You can also use the pop up window to place calls and listen to voicemail.


Regardless of whether you connect via the LAN or PC, you can access your magicJack account via a web browser.  Here you have some options that can be changed and you can access your call logs.  You may notice the switch for stutter tone at the bottom.  At first this didn’t work, but now it does and it triggers the voicemail indicator on my phone.

Now the question is “how’s the voice quality?”  I must admit I am pleasantly surprised at the quality of the conversations I’ve had.  With all the VoIP devices I’ve owned or reviewed, I’m used to echos and delays, but I’ve experienced none of that with the magicJack.  This runs counter to what I’ve read about the device in online forums.

In short, this latest version of the magicJack could make them a serious player in the VoIP space.  I now am considering dumping my current provider.  If you’re thinking about jettisoning your POTS phone, the magicJack Plus may be the way to go.  They do give you 30 days to try it out, so you don’t have much to lose.  Now if they’d only do something about their annoying home page and stop the up-selling on all their screens.


2014 MagicJack Plus MagicJack FREE Canada/USA VOIP

2014 MagicJack Plus



Brand New "2014 MagicJack Plus" as seen on TV for only $____. 
Includes 1 Year Free Telephone service. Register USA or Canadian Phone Numbers. Free Magicjack APP for Android / iPhone to make free WiFi Calls anywhere in the world.

After 1 year Magic Jack service Renewal is $19 to $29 per Year.





The New 2014 Magic Jack Plus doesn't require your computer to be on all the time. Magic Jack Plus works with or without a computer. MagicJack Plus has all the same features as the original MagicJack. The only different between Magic Jack and Magic Jack Plus is the ability to use the device without a PC and connects directly to your router.

Magic Jack also allows you to port (transfer) your home phone number to their service. Fire your old phone company and get a MagicJack today! Magic Jack Plus cost $29.99 per year but often times MagicJack offers renewal promotions for as low as $19.99 per year.

Make FREE Long Distance calls using Magic Jack. You can use this product ANYWHERE around the world to call North America for FREE. No Credit Card Required!!!

Canadian Numbers are NOW available.



2014 MagicJack Plus

Is the Magic Jack Price Worth the Risk?

The Magic Jack web site doesn’t make it easy to find out what the magic Jack price is for their equipment and service plans, so it seems appropriate to put up a page here with pricing. Hopefully it will save you from hunting for that information, and provide a few notes about selling or buying used MagicJacks.

The ‘standard’ magicJack (must be plugged into your computer) is still available at various retailers, and sells old stock for $49.95 (current Amazon pricing, includes one year of phone service). The unit is about half the size of a deck of cards, and plugs into a USB port on your computer. MagicJack also makes two upgrades:

    2012 magicJack Plus, which can operate without a computer. This version is no longer sold by magicJack, but is available at various online retailers; the current Magic Jack  price at Amazon pricing is $69.95, inclusive of 1 year of service. Note: although you can operate the magicJack Plus without a computer, you still need to plug it into a computer to register it. Include shipping  and taxes.
  
    2014 magicJack Plus, which also eliminates the need for the computer. The magic Jack price listed on their site is $89.95 – but that includes only six months of service. Although you can register this unit while it is plugged into a router or modem, you must complete the registration process from a computer. Further, the magicJack dongle and the computer must be on the same network when you register it – so there’s really no benefit in the registration process. Lastly, the newest magicJack dongle does have some additional ports – but at this time they don’t have a clear use.

If you buy your unit new, you can give it a ‘free’ 30 day trial – meaning that if you pay the Magic Jack price with a credit card, you can try the unit for a while and see if you like what you hear (suggestion: first see “Is VOiP Right for You?”). If the quality of your calls seems good and those calling you can hear you clearly, keep the unit – the charge will appear on your credit card. If not, return it within 30 days and MagicJack won’t charge your card. Note that this only works with charge cards – not debit cards. If you make your purchase an another online vendor such as Amazon, or at a local brick and mortar store such as Radio Shack, their Magic Jack price and return policies will apply.

The only version I would pay for is the follow:  2014 MagicJack Plus


Old phone

A word to the wise: don’t port your old home phone number to MagicJack (or any similar device) unless you’ve tested it and are happy with the service. Get a phone number when you register your magicJack (it’s free), test it, then port your number if you like what you hear. Note that there is a one time fee of $19.95 to port your number, and an ongoing annual fee of $9.95 thereafter.

Assuming you pay the Magic Jack price and decide to keep your the unit, you need to keep your subscription current. To add a single year to your subscription costs $29.95, and to add an additional 5 years costs $99.75. This translates to local and long distance calls for as little as $1.67 per month – complete with voice mail, caller ID, and a host of other features. You can add call blocking capability, 50 speed call numbers, 7 digit local calling, and a host of other features by adding Magic Features to your installation. Do a little investigation before your purchase, and you’ll find the Magic Jack price is well worth the risk!

If you don’t like the Magic Jack price, you can buy your magicJack used on eBay or Craigslist for as little as $0.99 (starting auction bid), but be aware you need to get the email and password the seller used when they registered it. Without that information, you won’t be able to login to add subscription years or otherwise service the account. In addition, find out if the seller has used a smartphone app with their MagicJack, as the app ties the two together by the serial number of the smart phone. If the dongle has been linked to a smartphone, the seller may be able to make phone calls using your MagicJack account, and you won’t be able to use the magicJack app with your smartphone!

Finally, you may want to purchase a MagicJack with an expired subscription for use with Google Voice. There is a small program called GVJack which enables you to tie the two together and provides some interesting benefits (call blocking, automatic redialing, etc). Together, Google Voice and GVJack allowing you to make free phone calls to nearly anywhere in the United States or Canada – including some numbers which won’t connect using just MagicJack. The only downside is that the MagicJack or MagicJack Plus must be plugged into a computer – but your home phone service will be entirely free as long as Google Voice continues to offer free phone calls! Google has provided the service for free since 2009, and has currently committed to maintain the service for free through 2013. Beyond that is anyone’s guess.