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MagicJack Plus Second Week Review

Around my house we have been going through almost everything trying to cut bills.  One of our most recent cuts was our home phone service.  We were paying Verizon @$35 per month for a phone number with NO long distance.

First I checked out the Sprint phone system that goes onto your Sprint cellular account.  After finding out that there was a $20 charge monthly I quickly decided against it.  I recently heard the quality of this service while talking to someone.  I am very glad that I didn’t go that route.  It sounded like the other party was talking through a tin can.

What I did was I went online and did some research on the NEW MagicJack Plus unit.  The first thing I did was to make sure that my home number could be ported over.  Yes.  The next thing was to confirm faxing capability.  Yes.

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Let’s talk about savings…

The cost for MagicJack Plus service is $29.99 per year.

Installation was a snap.  Plug the MagicJack Plus into the computer, and register the unit.  Then take the unit and plug it directly into your router.  No other work needs to be done.  After that you can go to the My MagicJack site to configure anything else you need.

With that being said I must forewarn everyone so that they avoid aggravation later.

Magicjack Plus is capable of faxing.  The hitch is that the fax machine needs to be capable of auto speed changing.  This is common with most run of the mill fax machines.  I have a Magicolor 4690MF that will probably work, but being I haven’t found the correct sequence of changes to the TX settings I had to put my old fax/printer online just for faxing.

With all the money we are trying to save we should be able to keep living the way we are, but the difference is that the economy isn’t going to make me a statistic.  Maybe this year I will even get to send out holiday cards because I can actually afford them this year.

I will update everyone again in a few more weeks after I have tried it out a bit longer.

Phone Service Alternatives

I have been watching for the last year to see if I could find ways to save a bit more money on some of our bills.  One of the biggest things we did was that we made some major changes to our phone service in our house.  I used to have all the features on my home/office phones.  I never even got to use some of them like the conference calling feature.  I have MagicJack, and that has made it so that I don’t need long distance service on my phones.  This is needless to mention that I also use my cell phone for a lot of my business, and I am not in the office much as it is.  I recently decided to give Skype a try.  As long as both parties are internet based, rather than phone, the service costs nothing.  This is also nice because they have an android app out that allows me to talk to someone else on Skype without cost when I am in 3G, 4G, or connected via WiFi.

Next time you want to make some major money changes look at your phone bill.  I did, and I am glad that I made some changes.  I think I pay @ $20 a month now, and that gets me unlimited local calls, and unlimited incoming.