I sent my Magic Jack back because sometimes it worked, and sometimes
it didn't. As I have said, I really wanted it to work. Who would not
want to give up a 35$/month phone bill for one that is 20$/year?
One thing I didn't try that I could have to improve the service was
purchase a powered USB hub.
Another thing Magic Jack could do without actually improving the
product would be to offer a rock solid voice mail system. If I had
one part of Magic Jack that I knew I could count on, it might have
persuaded me to keep it. I could put up with hit and miss on the
outgoing calls, but unreliable incoming calls is unacceptable.
Return postage was less than 3 bucks, so test driving it was not
really expensive. I just taped the RMA to the package and shipped it
I would like to hear from people that do have a powered hub that have
tried MJ, or anyone that has reliable service.
I forgot to add, I learned this after I sent mine back.
You can call 909-390-0003 with your MJ and it will repeat everything
you say back to you. It would have been handy to be able to use
without having to use my friends for test calls.
What is your pc speed and memory? USB 2.0? What
speed broadband? O/S? What else do you have plugged
into USB that drains 5 volt power?
After a month of MJ use, I cancelled Mudder Bell and good
riddance. Have a prepaid cellphone, for 'just in case'.
I run a panasonic cordless (ac powered base) off the MJ
which is plugged directly into an Intel MB. 6/2 Mb cable
broadband gives great voice quality.
If you really want feedback go to the MagicJack forum on
1GHz Athlon - 512K - USB 2.0 - 5M/512k Windoze XP.
No other USB devices. No virus software, or anything else running. I
gave it exclusive use of my spare computer for 2 weeks.
AT&T 5Ghz cordless with extra handset.
I also got great quality, sometimes. It was the other times I gave up
Yeah, I used Fast Defrag. It reported anywhere from 5 to 15% with
nothing loaded. I tried it on the only computer that stays on 24/7.
The fact that some calls were crystal clear and some were crap, pretty
much convinced me it was not my computer. Outgoing calls were more
reliable than incoming.
The DSL reports forum with hit and miss results confirmed my
suspicions. I think there are too many sock puppets at the DSL
reports site to be unbiased. I also get too many people trying to
steer me there.
It is not there yet. I really, really wish it were. A powered hub
would have been a small cost to try, but I didn't. I really have no
other need for a powered hub. Maybe others will, and report positive
Maybe with rock solid voice mail it might be a keeper.
Your computer seems more than adequate and if your
USB ports are lightly loaded, I doubt if a powered hub
would help much.
Contributing factors may be your ISP and where you're
accessing MJ servers. I may be fortunate to be on a
hookup with minimal delays and sustained good transfer
rates. Speed tests are poor barometers for voip performance,
since they're typically an average rate for big transfers.
Since MJ is apparently growing rapidly, they will be
constantly tuning their networks and load balancing.
Have you asked if others on your ISP and in your area
are using MJ and what results they got?
Seems to be the usual thing you run into with this sort of thing. People
get all excited about cheap and won't admit there are flaws mixed in
with the sock puppets equals useless.
I didn't bother for a couple reasons. It uses an advertising driven
model which has never proven to be successful. Can you think of one of
the "free" or really cheap ad driven ISPs that are still around?
Second reason is I can't see leaving a computer on continuously just to
use the phone.
A powered hub
I'm wondering if this wouldn't be a good use for a tiny, stand-alone PC
in a little box, no keyboard or monitor, say a 4-line LCD display and a
few buttons. Someone could build something like this on a single board
using ASICs for next to nothing, to power stuff like this that requires
an always-on computer.
"In 1964 Barry Goldwater declared: \'Elect me president, and I
will bomb the cities of Vietnam, defoliate the jungles, herd the
They already make dedicated, inexpensive, low power usage adapters for
VoIP called ATAs (Analog Telephone Adapters).
Magicjack requires a power wasting computer because it is ad driven. The
way it is supposed to work is that they display ads on your computer
which are supposed to pay for the service.
No, the ads have not started yet, but the TOS indicates that they
can serve ads. I suspect the ads will be served into an
area on the left hand side of the MJ GUI. This GUI is not large
at all and only pops up from the taskbar when the phone
rings or when you get a dialtone from an attached phone.
(This is when you have MJ set to use a phone rather than
a headset). When MJ is set to use a headset, the gui
pops up upon an incoming call or by clicking MJ in the
taskbar to place an outgoing call. If the gui is open, it
can be minized to the taskbar at any time.
I run my widesceen monitor in 1280 x 768 and the
gui, when set to small size, occupies about 1/9 of the desktop
area. Not obtrusive at all, and the popup upon ring is
handy, it lets you see the number of the calling party.
The name of the caller is shown, too, if you've put
that name/number into the MJ contacts.
I've only seen two 'ads' if you want to call them that
and they're simply information for the MJ user. Looks
like the 'ad feed' is in place, but true ads have not
I don't think you know how MJ actually works. I bought the usb unit, paid
the 20.00 yearly fee. As far as I know there are no 'free' trials.... there
is a return of purchase if not satisfied. I'm happy as a clam with the MJ so
I've never returned mine.
What is best in life? "To crush your enemies, see them driven before
Maybe they haven't sold any yet or since they are in the burn up the
investors money stage maybe they are waiting to start sending them. The
reason that you need a power wasting computer instead of a flea power
ATA to make and receive calls is because their business model is to have
an ad driven service.
As I said before can you remember any of the free or cheap ISPs that had
an ad driven model?
MJ is not an ISP. And as I said before, many companies offer
services that are funded by ads including radio, tv, google,
yahoo, and tens of thousands of websites. Just what is your
point? Do you think MJ is destined to fail, is illegal, immoral,
or fattening because it plans to supplement income with ads?
Just what is your objection, if any?
Did any of you try to use a FAX with Magic Jack? I use the FAX a lot
but very few long distance calls....I saw it advertised on TV and
looked interesting. The FAQ section had "maybe it will work and
maybe it won't" sort of response.
That's also the feedback at the MagicJack forums, it works for
some and not for others. Only way to find out is to try it
with your broadband connection and your FAX. Do the
thirty day free trial and return it if not satisfied.
You can get a rough idea if your PC and connection is up to snuff
for VOIP at this place, Java required for test, no registration needed:
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