In the last year or so one of the commercials that I’ve seen a LOT of are the ones for a USB device called the Magic Jack.  I’ve been hearing about it so much lately that I decided to take a closer look at it.

It is a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) device that plugs into a USB port on your computer and instead of requiring you to deal with what can be a real hassle of messing around with finding a decent microphone and being tied down by the comparatively short cord, all you need to do it plug a regular telephone into the Magic Jack and use it to make and receive calls the same way you would if it were plugged into a phone jack in the wall.

I’m sure some would be quick to point out that Skype and other VOIP services are pretty good and either free or cheap but Magic Jack gives you a few things that they don’t.  Like being able to use any normal phone with it, like the fact that with Magic Jack it’s possible to have 911 service via your Magic Jack phone number.

Then there’s that phone number.  With Skype an inbound phone number can be had but it costs extra.  With Magic Jack that incoming number is free.  Free wins hands down every time.

Then there’s the free directory assistance, something that the phone company abandoned YEARS ago, free call waiting, caller ID and voicemail.  These features and the price combine to make it a real Skype killer.

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