MagicJack goes a step farther.

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MagicJack goes a step farther.

Post by AmEv »

Well, one my friends has the first edition. Sure, it sometimes lags, but it's one of the cheapest VoIP plans out there.

And, like, I said, they took it a step farther:


By using your cell phone.





I wonder if you could use a phone that's out of minutes on it?


(somewhat ranting here.)
However, like it says in the review, it's going to spark controversy. Then again, I suppose that's why it's short-range, so you aren't stuck with it and costing the big companies. Not even if you had a laptop in a backpack would it always work.
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I am curious if you can keep your existing phone number. If so this might be a better alternative to paying $50 a month to my cable company for phone service. I had Vonage and liked it, but it lagged when I was downloading. Does this do that as well? Ill have to look into it.
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The claims about using such products with cell phones are misleading!
While you could use the product, you still incur charges for your air minutes.. for whatever alternate service provider you choose!
And if as that linked article notes, it is tapping into restricted communications frequencies, possibly causing interference.
While AM radio frequencies can mingle with each other and cause distortion, it is the nature of the frequency. With FM radio frequencies, the stronger or more local station can override the more distant or lower-powered one. Digital radio frequencies do not override or "drown each other out". With digital radio frequencies, there is a specific clock cycle that must divide all users on that frequency band into equal use slots. If the clock cycles are off, that could mean loss of signal or the wrong data bits given to other users.
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Post by fussnfeathers »

Minutes matter not a bit in the US (not sure which other countries, though) Here, I have unlimited everything, minutes, GPS, text/MMS, data, TV, radio.......if it exists on a cell phone, I have no limits. Costs me a bit, but not horrible for all I use. My ex girlfriend has that cheapie Boost plan for $50 a month, basically just unlimited minutes and text. The Yahoo article also states this thingy uses no plan minutes.

Where the cell phone companies are up in arms about it is it bypasses access fees, charges for international long distance.....all the little things they make their money on.
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Post by AmEv »

Well, on one of the cell phones I've collected (old ones, either went through the wash, battery went out, expired, etc.), it has a network switching dialog. If I got near one with this phone, it would probably show up in the list.
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