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Magic Jack 5 year renewal for $79.99 save $20.00, new MagicJack Plus for $59.95, 1 year renewal for $24.95

natarajanj 33 January 28, 2013 at 08:50 PM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (4) More Magic Jack Deals
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How to get the 5 year renewal for $79.99 + taxes instead of $99.99 :

Step1: Go to your MJ homepage and do a live chat, I chatted with the guy for a minute or two and noticed a little popup on the right hand side corner which said "click here to end chat and get your 48 hour reward"
Step2: on clicking it it opened up a 1 question survey on how well the guy did.
Nothing after I submitted it, 5 mins later an email popped up and I was able to get the offer

Magic Jack 5 year renewal for $79.99 save $20.00, new MagicJack Plus for $59.95 save $10, 1 year renewal for $24.95 save $5.00

If you were able to save some money, reps are appreciated !

(Attached pictures for the email proof and the button to click on the chat window)
I do not think this is YMMV because every time I opened up the live chat window I was able to see the 48 hr reward link )

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#31
I have used MJ, OOMA, and Nettalk.

I don't know much about MJ now. Three years ago, I had to install some crappy software first and that software had a lot of advertisements and significantly slowed down my computer. Adware and malware.

What was bad about MJ was you need to keep the computer running to use the MJ. The voice quality was abysmal as the farking MJ software was both adware and malware that took a lot of bandwith.

Summary: to use MJ, you have to keep a computer running and you have to install a farking adware and malware.

Then I returned MJ and switched to OOMA. I cannot be happier. No need to install any software. No need for a computer. Voice quality of OOMA is superior.

I need a separate line for my work. So I am also using Nettalk. There is no difference between Nettalk and OOMA, except reliability. OOMA has rarely failed, but Nettalk has been down for quite a few times. But every time Nettalk came back very quickly. So it did not bother me too much.


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Not sure why the hate on magic jack. You can get the new magic jack plus for $49.99 if you log in on your account and click on the shop link.
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I have used MJ, OOMA, and Nettalk.

I don't know much about MJ now. Three years ago, I had to install some crappy software first and that software had a lot of advertisements and significantly slowed down my computer. Adware and malware.

What was bad about MJ was you need to keep the computer running to use the MJ. The voice quality was abysmal as the farking MJ software was both adware and malware that took a lot of bandwith.

Summary: to use MJ, you have to keep a computer running and you have to install a farking adware and malware.

Then I returned MJ and switched to OOMA. I cannot be happier. No need to install any software. No need for a computer. Voice quality of OOMA is superior.

I need a separate line for my work. So I am also using Nettalk. There is no difference between Nettalk and OOMA, except reliability. OOMA has rarely failed, but Nettalk has been down for quite a few times. But every time Nettalk came back very quickly. So it did not bother me too much.
They don't even make the magic jack you're referring to. The new version and the previous version both didn't require a computer.
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i thought this stupid ass company went out of business already.. geez fark magic jack and their stupid service.. FREE is GOOGLE and $40 is OBItalk which you can pair it with any Google voice #. next is ooma.
For around the same hardware cost as an Obi, you can buy a Raspberry Pi and set it up it as an Incredible PBX Asterisk server for free [nerdvittles.com], with free calls/fax through Google Voice and with TONS of more features. Since you are setting up a basic Linux server, you can also use it for many other things and can use the hardware for something else by simply changing the SD card. A MUCH more versatile setup than a dedicated hardware platform, like the MJ or Obi.
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I have had MJ for 3 years now. The first month it was fine, and then I started having issues:My internet speed is Fios 50MB down / 25MB up.

1) Goes to VM WAY TOO MUCH
2) Phone has some sort of weird beep every few minutes
3) When paired with Google Voice, I keep getting "recording on" announcement
4) No one is available at customer service
5) I was able to block popups with an extra addon. Quite annoying if you dont install it.
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For around the same hardware cost as an Obi, you can buy a Raspberry Pi and set it up it as an Incredible PBX Asterisk server for free [nerdvittles.com], with free calls/fax through Google Voice and with TONS of more features. Since you are setting up a basic Linux server, you can also use it for many other things and you can also use the hardware for something else by simply changing the SD card.
except to get the same functionality as an obi, you need to fork out more $ for an adapter like a linksys pap2t so you can connect a regular phone. otherwise you're stuck using softphones.
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except to get the same functionality as an obi, you need to fork out more $ for an adapter like a linksys pap2t so you can connect a regular phone. otherwise you're stuck using softphones.
Voip phones run from $20 and up. To use regular landline phones with the Incredible PBX you would need a POTS phone adapter which runs ~$50, so for around $100 in total hardware costs you would have a far superior phone system with faxing and full PBX style capabilities that works with GV for free or ANY SIP provider you choose and since it's not a dedicated system, the hardware is far more versatile as well.
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For around the same hardware cost as an Obi, you can buy a Raspberry Pi and set it up it as an Incredible PBX Asterisk server for free [nerdvittles.com], with free calls/fax through Google Voice and with TONS of more features. Since you are setting up a basic Linux server, you can also use it for many other things and can use the hardware for something else by simply changing the SD card. A MUCH more versatile setup than a dedicated hardware platform, like the MJ or Obi.
requires $$$ and electricity cost and to scale it down a notch without forking around with linux just got the oni for $40 a long time ago on slickydealz $40 would be a total, and the amount of wattage drawn from the obiwon kinobe hai is really low. running a asterix im looking at 40+ watts maybe more. but its good to have options and honestly the raspberry pi hasnt been around long enough to be a competitor and ive been google voicing it since 2009. but glad you mention what you did so now if i want to start fiddling around with other options ill look into that rasberry pi. I could have worn asterix required some kind of credit via skype or some sip provider to make calls.
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I'm using coma, it's not bad for the price only $4 a month. Good features and call quality.
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requires $$$ and electricity cost and to scale it down a notch without forking around with linux just got the oni for $40 a long time ago on slickydealz $40 would be a total, and the amount of wattage drawn from the obiwon kinobe hai is really low. running a asterix im looking at 40+ watts maybe more. but its good to have options and honestly the raspberry pi hasnt been around long enough to be a competitor and ive been google voicing it since 2009. but glad you mention what you did so now if i want to start fiddling around with other options ill look into that rasberry pi. I could have worn asterix required some kind of credit via skype or some sip provider to make calls.
The Raspberry Pi uses a 5W input at around 1 Amp, which is what makes it ideal to use as an always on server. Even with a seperate POTS phone adapter for landlines added, it would be nowhere near 40W in power consumption. I would bet it's probably around the same as what the Obi uses. As far as setup, there is a dedicated Incredible PBX project for the Raspberry Pi. You just download the ready to use image, copy it to an SD card to boot the Raspberry Pi with. After that you just need to do some very basic setup through the command line and the rest of the configuration is done through the web interface, much like the Obi would be, except that you have way more capabilities. The guide I posted at the link above has all the steps to get it running through GV with faxing support (requires a second GV account) and should take at most an hour, starting from scratch. It takes me less than 30 minutes total.
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The Raspberry Pi uses a 5W input at around 1 Amp, which is what makes it ideal to use as an always on server. Even with a seperate POTS phone adapter for landlines added, it would be nowhere near 40W in power consumption. I would bet it's probably around the same as what the Obi uses. As far as setup, there is a dedicated Incredible PBX project for the Raspberry Pi. You just download the ready to use image, copy it to an SD card to boot the Raspberry Pi with. After that you just need to do some very basic setup through the command line and the rest of the configuration is done through the web interface, much like the Obi would be, except that you have way more capabilities. The guide I posted at the link above has all the steps to get it running through GV with faxing support (requires a second GV account) and should take at most an hour, starting from scratch. It takes me less than 30 minutes total.
interesting but how would it communicate with a pots phone?. just out of curiousity, does it have a rj11 jack? oh i need to buy an adaptor if im not mistaken right?.
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interesting but how would it communicate with a pots phone?. just out of curiousity, does it have a rj11 jack? oh i need to buy an adaptor if im not mistaken right?.
A POTS phone adapter is only required if you want to use a regular landline phone with RJ11 connectors. Since landline phones use an analog line, the POTS adapter essentially acts as an interface between your PBX server and your landline. The POTS adapter communicates with the PBX server through it's internal IP address, just like a softphone or VOIP phone would do and then it relays the line out it's RJ11 ports so that you can connect regualr telephones to the system. Most POTS adapters come with two RJ11 ports which you can use for up to two different lines. You also may be able to distribute your PBX line throughout your home by plugging it into the phone jack in the wall.
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I had the first magicjack box that came out and had it for years, was so excited when they came out with the no pc needed adapter so went out and spent 75 bucks for it. There phone service went crap, couldn't hear the ppl on the other end or they couldn't hear me or garbage service. I now have another one, 1saleaday had them one time on sale for 14.99 and i bought 2 of them. I activated one of them and it hooks up to the router, i could not be happier with the quality. Magicjack lost me for a customer!. They at one time had quality voice!, not anymore.
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Voip phones run from $20 and up. To use regular landline phones with the Incredible PBX you would need a POTS phone adapter which runs ~$50, so for around $100 in total hardware costs you would have a far superior phone system with faxing and full PBX style capabilities that works with GV for free or ANY SIP provider you choose and since it's not a dedicated system, the hardware is far more versatile as well.
so basically what you wrote "For around the same hardware cost as an Obi" you actually meant that you don't get anything near the same as an obi unless you spend $100 which is 2.5 to 3 times the cost of an obi. and the obi also "works with GV for free or ANY SIP provider you choose" i suspect not very many people are interested in "full pbx style capabilities," but there's nothing to preclude them from buying a pi and installing asterisk if they want that functionality after they buy an obi. the 110 can connect to POTS, SIP, asterisk AND a wireline phone all by itself. there's no need to buy a $50 phone adapter that's less versatile than an obi.
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I am using it since two years I gave to my parents in India and never had any problem.. They can make unlimited calls to US to me and other relatives.. I am not sure other services mentioned will work outside US. Thank you for the post but I just renewed mine last week.

My brother in law and father in law has 4 cyber cafe / STD PCO and Computer repair center. STD/ PCOs are equipped with 3 magicjacks... so total 12 for US and Canada . Works without any hick ups ....


Each majic jacks are prepaid for 5 years with the 59.99 $ deal that use to be and Generating highest revenue in their businesses. Because of lower rate ... phone remains busy all the time.. as they also provides automated direct home connection with small service fees 5 INR per call + 1 INR per minute.


Thinking to expanding to 2 more lines on each places..


So Magic Jack is good ........Wink
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so basically what you wrote "For around the same hardware cost as an Obi" you actually meant that you don't get anything near the same as an obi unless you spend $100 which is 2.5 to 3 times the cost of an obi. and the obi also "works with GV for free or ANY SIP provider you choose" i suspect not very many people are interested in "full pbx style capabilities," but there's nothing to preclude them from buying a pi and installing asterisk if they want that functionality after they buy an obi. the 110 can connect to POTS, SIP, asterisk AND a wireline phone all by itself. there's no need to buy a $50 phone adapter that's less versatile than an obi.
As a $50 telephony platform, for the same price as an Obi 110, with an Incredible Pi Pbx you get a full featured Voip phone service that works with Voip phones or softphones and includes over 40 different features [nerdvittles.com], as well as in/out faxing, which the Obi doesn't provide. The only advantage the Obi has is that the hardware includes a POTS adapter, so you can use it with analog phones. You still don't have anywhere near the features of an Incredible PBX setup and you have a dedicated hardware platform that can only be used for Voip service. The Raspberry Pi hardware can be used for any basic Linux platform you choose by simply changing the SD card.

I started with the Incredible Pbx years ago, when I ran it using a Virtual machine which had to be built and configured from scratch. Incredible Pbx now has a pre-built Virtual Machine module [nerdvittles.com], that you can run on any Windows, Mac or Linux machine that supports Virtualization using Oracle's free VirtualBox for $0 in added hardware costs, provided you use it with Voip phones or softphones. The Incredible PBX Virtual Box module is also fully portable and can run from a thumb drive on any PC. If you need to use it with analog landline phones, add a $30 POTS ATA adapter [amazon.com] and you have a telephony platform with faxing that can't be beat, for LESS than the cost of an Obi. As a low cost and power consumption hardware platform, the Raspberry Pi makes an ideal always-on Incredible PBX setup that has far more features and versatility than any dedicated Voip platform.
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