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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 101 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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While I hear what you're saying, please don't say FREE when it does indeed cost something initially.

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Yes initially the OBItalk box costed $40. Google Voice is free. Didn't think I would have to spell it out for ya BUB since you are a genius.
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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
is it intentional that you quote the maximum price for the obi ($50) when nobody here pays that, yet you quote the minimum price $20 for a VOIP phone? can you point me to a link to a $20 VOIP phone that isn't USB attached? not everybody wants to talk while usb tethered to their desktop or walk around talking on a softphone on their laptop or tablet. i have a 4 handset DECT phone system connected to my obi. to get 4 handsets with your pi setup, i still have to buy another adapter. if anyone cared about faxing, the obi 200 at $59 supports faxing. still cheaper than a pi + pots adapter, which you would need for faxing anyway.
http://www.amazon.com/OBi200-VoIP...pd_sim_e_6

is a pi really only $50?

http://slickdeals.net/f/6119606-Raspberry-Pi-Bundles-Pi-OS-Card-Model-A-29-99-Model-B-39-99-5-S-H?v=1

that's $45. you probably should get a case $10-15. if i recall, you're big on metal cases...$25. power supply? at least $5. now you're talking $60-75.

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The only advantage the Obi has is that the hardware includes a POTS adapter, so you can use it with analog phones.
and analog lines so if you're keeping a POTS like service, like magicjack or ooma, you could connect those to your obi. that and my mother in law can set an obi by herself.

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The Raspberry Pi hardware can be used for any basic Linux platform you choose by simply changing the SD card.
in case people who buy an obi decide they don't care about VOIP anymore and would prefer to have a torrent server?

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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.
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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.
and leaving a computer running 24x7 will exceed the cost of an obi many times over
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i've had MJ for years and i've had zero problems with it. mainly used as a backup line since we had crappy cell service at the house. debating moving over to the MJ+ since they have it for my account for $24.95.

while i've had no problems with call quality, whats the difference in the other products listed? is it a 1 time purchase of the hardware and thats it?
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is it intentional that you quote the maximum price for the obi ($50) when nobody here pays that, yet you quote the minimum price $20 for a VOIP phone? can you point me to a link to a $20 VOIP phone that isn't USB attached? not everybody wants to talk while usb tethered to their desktop or walk around talking on a softphone on their laptop or tablet. i have a 4 handset DECT phone system connected to my obi. to get 4 handsets with your pi setup, i still have to buy another adapter. if anyone cared about faxing, the obi 200 at $59 supports faxing. still cheaper than a pi + pots adapter, which you would need for faxing anyway.
http://www.amazon.com/OBi200-VoIP...pd_sim_e_6

is a pi really only $50?

http://slickdeals.net/f/6119606-Raspberry-Pi-Bundles-Pi-OS-Card-Model-A-29-99-Model-B-39-99-5-S-H?v=1

that's $45. you probably should get a case $10-15. if i recall, you're big on metal cases...$25. power supply? at least $5. now you're talking $60-75.


and analog lines so if you're keeping a POTS like service, like magicjack or ooma, you could connect those to your obi. that and my mother in law can set an obi by herself.


in case people who buy an obi decide they don't care about VOIP anymore and would prefer to have a torrent server?



and leaving a computer running 24x7 will exceed the cost of an obi many times over
Assuming you are setting up an Incredible Pi PBX for use with softphones or Voip phones you already the start-up costs of either setup are within $10 - $15, regardless of the theoretical price of an Obi 110. If you are running Incredible PBX from a Virtual Machine the start-up costs are $0 or $30 with a POTS ATA adapter, even less than the Obi and as a telephony system, the Obi doesn't even come close to the capabilities of a Incredible PBX setup. You are incorrect that you need a POTS adapter for faxing to work. Incredible PBX has built-in HylaFax support [nerdvittles.com] with automatic PDF generation and email notification of incoming faxes. You just need to add a second Google Voice line to be used as a Fax route. To be able to send faxes you just install a free HylaFax client on your system and scan the document. For a cordless phone setup, you could use a softphone with a wireless headset or add a $30 POTS adapter. That would enable you to use any existing analog phones or fax machines you may already have.

What you gain for the small additional hardware cost of the Raspberry Pi is a low cost, low power consumption hardware platform that is far superior as a telephony setup and has many more uses than a dedicated Voip platform like the Obi. e.g. since the Incredible Pi PBX setup is based on an open Debian Linux platform, for a practical use, it can be setup as an always on XBMC media server [adafruit.com] at the same time, doubling the usefulness you get out of the device. No question the Obi is much more plug-and-play for the average user, however the Incredible PBX pre-built modules make it easier than ever for anyone to setup a full range telephony platform in minutes.
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If you are running Incredible PBX from a Virtual Machine the start-up costs are $0 or $30 with a POTS ATA adapter, even less than the Obi and as a telephony system
and the ongoing electricity costs? with your $0 setup, if you want to make a phone call, you need to go over to your pc, possibly wake the display, foreground the softphone, use your mouse or keyboard to enter the number, sit there talking into your pc's mic hoping the speakers aren't causing too much feedback, and use your mouse to click hangup when you're done. now if a phone call comes in, if you can hear while you're upstairs, then you need to run down the stairs in the dark hoping you don't trip over your cat, get to your pc, wake up the screen, hopefully your softphone foregrounds itself so you can see who's calling and then mouse click the answer button....

again, where is the $20 voip phone you mention?
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All the problems described in this post were what my mom was having with her PC device. She also had like 1 mb internet so that was mainly the problem overall. I have a 15mb internet service and it works great.
I guess it's good that I have OOMA then cause it works great with 1MB internet, especially since 15MB would cost a small fortune/monthly.
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Yes initially the OBItalk box costed $40. Google Voice is free. Didn't think I would have to spell it out for ya BUB since you are a genius.

You don't have to be a genius to know how to spell the past tense of "cost" correctly. Wink
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and the ongoing electricity costs? with your $0 setup, if you want to make a phone call, you need to go over to your pc, possibly wake the display, foreground the softphone, use your mouse or keyboard to enter the number, sit there talking into your pc's mic hoping the speakers aren't causing too much feedback, and use your mouse to click hangup when you're done. now if a phone call comes in, if you can hear while you're upstairs, then you need to run down the stairs in the dark hoping you don't trip over your cat, get to your pc, wake up the screen, hopefully your softphone foregrounds itself so you can see who's calling and then mouse click the answer button....

again, where is the $20 voip phone you mention?
The electrical costs depend on the system you choose to install Incredible PBX on and what your needs are. If you just need a free phone for when you are at home or to save your cell phone minutes, most people have a PC on while they are at home anyway. Google Voice includes Voicemail, so any missed calls that come in while Incredible PBX isn't running will go to Google Voicemail or forwarded to another phone if you set it up in Google Voice, just like they would with Obi. The Incredible PBX VirtualBox module is also for fully portable on a thumb drive, so it would make a great way to have a local number to keep in touch while you travel. Incredible PBX also supports cloud based hosting [nerdvittles.com] that requires no local computer at all to run on.

Again, for a hands free setup, you can use a wireless headset with a softphone or add a POTS ATA adapter to use your analog phones for LESS than the cost of an Obi and your service includes free In/Out faxing with over 40 features the Obi 110 doesn't have. If you want to use a Voip phone, you can get one from around $20 or more [amazon.com] depending on the features you need.

The Raspberry Pi uses max 4W of power. Even if at ran at max power 24/7 and at high electrical costs you are looking at less than .02 per day or less than $5 a year to keep it running 24/7, and realistically probably closer to around $3 a year. If you add a POTS ATA it may be $2 to $3 a year more than that. I also have mine setup so that if I want to use my Raspberry Pi for something else, I can simply start the Virtual Machine module, switch the server IP and switch back seamlessly.
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The electrical costs depend on the system you choose to install Incredible PBX on and what your needs are. If you just need a free phone for when you are at home or to save your cell phone minutes, most people have a PC on while they are at home anyway.

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Again, for a hands free setup, you can use a wireless headset with a softphone. If you want to use a Voip phone, you can get one from around $20 or more [amazon.com] depending on the features you need.
that may work for people with desktops, but most people use laptops and tablets now. laptop users aren't going to be sitting with the laptop on the sofa with a $20 usb connected voip phone. that's just stupid. and with a wireless headset, you're stuck tied to the screen to dial. how much does it cost for a wireless headset that has the ability to answer a call from the headset without having to walk over to the computer? usability for those options compared to a regular phone sucks. and when the laptop is off or hibernated, who's going to want to turn it on just to make a call? you're comparing a 24x7 obi solution that can connect to all the existing phones in a house to a sometimes on pc solution that leaves you tethered to the machine or stuck dialing from the keyboard/mouse.

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The Raspberry Pi uses max 4W of power. Even if at ran at max power 24/7 and at high electrical costs you are looking at less than .02 per day or less than $5 a year to keep it running 24/7, and realistically probably closer to around $3 a year. If you add a POTS ATA it may be $2 to $3 a year more than that.
and usability still sucks without additional hardware. whereas an obi can use your existing phones and phone wiring. and if you buy that $30 POTS adapter you're at almost $100 for a pi based solution with power consumption of at least 2x-10x an obi (which some users have measured at 1 watt)
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that may work for people with desktops, but most people use laptops and tablets now. laptop users aren't going to be sitting with the laptop on the sofa with a $20 usb connected voip phone. that's just stupid. and with a wireless headset, you're stuck tied to the screen to dial. how much does it cost for a wireless headset that has the ability to answer a call from the headset without having to walk over to the computer? usability for those options compared to a regular phone sucks. and when the laptop is off or hibernated, who's going to want to turn it on just to make a call? you're comparing a 24x7 obi solution that can connect to all the existing phones in a house to a sometimes on pc solution that leaves you tethered to the machine or stuck dialing from the keyboard/mouse.



and usability still sucks without additional hardware. whereas an obi can use your existing phones and phone wiring. and if you buy that $30 POTS adapter you're at almost $100 for a pi based solution with power consumption of at least 2x-10x an obi (which some users have measured at 1 watt)
Spending $45 - $55 on an Obi110 is completely unnecessary if you are just looking to save on cell phone minutes at home or other basic home use. If you buy a $30 POTS ATA adapter [amazon.com] you can use it with any phone and Incredible PBX module you want and will have a full featured Voip and fax service for LESS than the cost of an Obi110. Also AFAIK, PC based Voip is still very popular e.g. Skype is a very popular PC-based Voip provider which costs money to use in order to make and receive calls. The Incredible PBX VirtualBox [nerdvittles.com] module extends a PC-based Voip's capabilities, is free to setup and is free to use through Google Voice, so your argument against PC based Voip is frivolous for the many people that use a service like Skype and pay money for it. Incredible PBX also has built-in support to use Skype as SIP provider.

If you want a basic 24/7 option, a model B Raspberry Pi kit will run you less than $60 with everything you need, which is around the same cost of an Obi. Add a $30 POTS ATA and you will have better phone service on a platform that is 10x more versatile and useful than spending $50 on a dedicated Voip platform that has one use. If your worried about $6 or less a year in electrical costs, you can set up an Amazon EC2 [nerdvittles.com] cloud hosted Incredible PBX for peanuts and you will have a 24/7 full featured phone service with a softphone on any computer or with the $30 ATA adapter, from anywhere at less than the cost of an Obi110.
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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.
Yes, explain all that to my 72 year old mom...
Sheesh...
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Yes, explain all that to my 72 year old mom...
Sheesh...
No question the Obi is easier to setup. However just like the Obi, you only need to set up the Incredible PBX once. The pre-built modules make it easier than ever and shouldn't take anyone more than an hour at the most to setup, most of which involves a web based configuration like the Obi.
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Spending $45 - $55 on an Obi110 is completely unnecessary
it is if you don't have to connect to a POTS service. then for ~$37 you can get an obi100 [amazon.com] (which was just recently $30 shipped perhaps i should keep quoting that price since you're continuously under quoting) and you can still connect all the phones you already have in your house.

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if you are just looking to save on cell phone minutes at home or other basic home use. If you buy a $30 POTS ATA adapter [amazon.com] you can use it with any phone
but whenever you want to make or receive a phone call, you'll have to make sure your pc is on. again, usability sucks. you basically have an old magic jack without the subscription cost.

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so your argument against PC based Voip is frivolous for the many people that use a service like Skype
not really. a majority of skype users are video calling, so yes they may need to sit in front of a pc or laptop. and there were 200 million installs on ios & android devices, but to make a skype call on those devices, they don't have to turn on their pc.

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If you want a basic 24/7 option, a model B Raspberry Pi kit will run you less than $60 with everything you need,
which is now $10 more than you said it would cost a several posts ago and 60-100% more than an obi100. add the $33 pots ata you refer to and now your cost is reaching $100, nearly triple the cost of an obi100. for 3x the money you get something that is supposedly 10x more versatile, 95% of which is useless to 95% of the people who would purchase an obi.

would love to see a link to a model b raspberry pi available now with power supply, sd card and case for less than the $60 shipped you now claim, since the link you posted above is backordered, doesn't have a power supply or case and costs $39 + $10.50 shipping.
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it is if you don't have to connect to a POTS service. then for ~$37 you can get an obi100 [amazon.com] (which was just recently $30 shipped perhaps i should keep quoting that price since you're continuously under quoting) and you can still connect all the phones you already have in your house.



but whenever you want to make or receive a phone call, you'll have to make sure your pc is on. again, usability sucks. you basically have an old magic jack without the subscription cost.



which is now $10 more than you said it would cost a several posts ago and 60-100% more than an obi100. add the $33 pots ata you refer to and now your cost is reaching $100, nearly triple the cost of an obi100. for 3x the money you get something that is supposedly 10x more versatile, 95% of which is useless to 95% of the people who would purchase an obi.

would love to see a link to a model b raspberry pi available now with power supply, sd card and case for less than the $60 shipped you now claim, since the link you posted above is backordered, doesn't have a power supply or case and costs $39 + $10.50 shipping.
Again. with the Incredible PBX you don't need to spend ANYTHING for a full featured PC based VOIP solution that includes faxing which the Obi doesn't support at all unless you spend $70 for the Obi202. To many people looking for a basic phone setup, a PC-based Voip with a softphone that works anywhere you have a computer may be all they need and the total setup cost is $0. For someone needing a more permanent Voip solution, you can set up a cloud hosted Incredible PBX for peanuts that will work from any computer or with the POTS ATA adapter, with any phone for less than the cost of an Obi.

What you get with a Raspberry Pi is the ability to run a local 24/7 Incredible PBX server, media, file server, along with anything else you may want to use it for. Many would buy a Raspberry Pi for that alone. Incredible PBX can seamlessly be transferred to your laptop or a thumb drive to receive calls or faxes wherever you are as well. Compare that functionality to spending $40 or $70 if you need fax on a dedicated Voip hardware that still can't match the features of a Incredible Pi PBX setup.
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would love to see a link to a model b raspberry pi available now with power supply, sd card and case for less than the $60 shipped you now claim, since the link you posted above is backordered, doesn't have a power supply or case and costs $39 + $10.50 shipping.
Yes I'd love to see a link to this mythical Raspberry Pi Vannita keeps referring to. It is amusing how he keeps underquoting the prices for his solution and overquoting the price for the Obi. I bet it's closer to $70-75.

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Compare that functionality to spending $40 or $70
LOL You mean $30 for the Obi 100 and $60 for the Obi 200.
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