magicjack is the only one of those that requires a computer to be
running with their proprietary adapter plugged into it to run their
The others use better designed much more energy efficient standalone
No. No computer is required.
Vonage provides a box (modem) that plugs into your router. Your telephone
plugs into the Vonage box. At that second plug, it is as if you have another
Telco trunk line.
In our case, instead of plugging in telephones, we have a patch cord to our
PBX system. Our PBX system treats this as another incoming trunk line.
From the user's perspective, VoIP acts exactly like a telephone line: it has
its own telephone number, you dial and receive calls exactly like a
land-line. You get all the bells and whistles (caller-id, voice-mail, call
forwarding, etc.) and all the long-distance you can eat for a single low
price. That low price is all-inclusive: no charges for touch-tone, the
Spanish-American War tax, Universal Access Fee, sales tax, fuel surcharge,
capital improvement recovery fee, just-because fee, or anything else.
Our company's long-distance charges went from over $200/month to nothing.
Here's a trick: You can pick your area code!
If, for example, you're a computer nerd living in Little Rabbit, Wyoming but
you want your customers to think you're in the thick of things, request
"650" area code (Palo Alto, California). If you live in Left Elbow Oklahoma
and all your relatives live in Boston, request a 617 (Boston) area code so
that when your relatives call you each day to reassure themselves you've not
been scalped by drunken Indians, it's a local call for them.
Not quite. "magicjack" is a lame proprietary system that actually
requires you to keep a computer running to make it work. It doesn't
really matter much because they don't have a business plan and there is
only so much you can make up on volume when you are selling below cost.
How do you know they are selling below cost. The price was reduced from
$70. They don't seem to have any overhead and can afford TV adds. Their
interface shows adds that must be paying something. My bet is they will last
some time. I have my system running every minute I am home and awake anyway.
You get email notification when you get voice mail. There is no problem with
voice quality unlike when I first got Vonage and had problems several times
that required calls to someone I couldn't understand. I am wondering is why
Comcast is still offering VOIP at high prices and still has customers taking
the bate. Even at several times the cost MJ is a savings.
Actually they have the same overhead as any other SIP provider because
that is what they are only in a slightly proprietary form to prevent
users from using a normal SIP adapter which doesn't require a computer
to be on just to make or receive a phone call so they can try to force
you to watch their ads. Magicjack is nothing but a rehash of the low
cost/free "ad driven" things such as Internet connectivity that surfaced
during the dotcom bubble that don't work. Running TV ads etc doesn't
tell you anything about a companies health because they are burning
through investor money. My bet is that they will last as long as the
investors wallets stay opened.
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