Sunday, September 13, 2009

Does The Magic Jack Really Work Like Magic?

Magic Jack is the newest voice-over-IP telephone solution that allows people to make free local and long distance phone calls within the US and Canada, as well as from abroad to any location in these countries. Perhaps you’ve seen one of the late night infomercials or heard about it from a friend. The device has become an over night success with estimates of 10,000 units a day being sold. What makes the MagicJack so successful is the insanely low price. For an upfront cost of $40 dollars with a year of free calling included it’s almost a no brainer. Setup is easy enough for my Grandmother to do which is saying a lot. International calls are available, but for a per minute rate which differs from country to country. You can find a list of the international rates at their website here. I should point out that if you take MagicJack to another country and call the US then you do not have to pay international rates.

Obviously price is what is driving the huge popularity of this product. As with many As Seen On Tv products some people seem to think there is a Magic Jack Scam. People just don’t understand how it is possible to make as many calls as you want for only twenty dollars per year. Another great part about the Magic Jack compared to other VoIP (Voice Over IP) is that is super easy to set up. Step 1. Plug in the Magic Jack into your computers USB port. The device automatically installs the software on your computer. Do you have a Mac? Don’t worry! It works on both Windows and Mac. Step 2. Plug your ordinary phone into the MJ and you are ready to make unlimited phone calls from your pc phone. If for some reason you find that the device does not meet your needs and you want to uninstall the software then you might run into problems. There is actually a website forum dedicated to helping people remove the software as it can be a little tricky.

Still Interested? Let’s Continue the Magic Jack Review

When you purchase an MJ from their website you get your very own phone number that you gave give out to people to call you. Many people have asked for the ability to be able to port over their existing phone numbers to the MJ. Dan Dan Borislow, the owner and creator of the device has said that the company has been working on this feature but seems like it might be an empty promise as it’s been quite some time and still the porting feature has let to be released. When I first heard of this I was sure there were hidden costs but the more I looked into it the more I found the claims to be true. You truly can make unlimited local and long distance calls from with in the US. Not only do you get all the talk time you want but you also get the high end features that the big telecom companies offer. This means you get caller ID, Voicemail, Call waiting, call forwarding, and three way calls. This is where I would guess that Magic Jack device would tack on fees. Nope! They are all FREE! I was a little curious how the voice mail would actually work. All incoming voice messages are stored and the user will be able to listen to them as soon as he gets connected again. Voicemail can also be accessed via email, as the user gets notified by email each time a new message arrives, the voice message being attached to the respective notification as a .wav file.When using Magic Jack with an ordinary phone, calls are made as usual, by dialing the number. If for some reason, the user chooses to have a headset instead of a regular phone, the Magic Jack will need to be operated from the software dashboard on the computer screen. Some users that reported to have issues found a simple fix by replacing their old standard phone with a new phone, which seemed to fix the proms they were having. Another possible drawback is for the Magic Jack to work you must have your computer turned on and the software running in order to be able to make or receive calls. Some people perceive this as a drawback, but if one would calculate how much money is saved on phone bills by using the Magic Jack, then this is a small price to pay. For this reason, it is not recommend that you use the MJ as your only communication device. Magic Jack needs a high-speed Internet connection to work properly. This means you must have a DSL, Cable or some other form of high speed Internet. For people living in areas with frequent power interruptions or with poor Internet connectivity, Magic Jack may not be the ideal choice as the main household phone. The 911 emergency services are available, but only with the computer turned on and connected to the internet and with the Magic Jack application running.

One of the biggest complaints out there for the Magic Jack Phone is that the customer service is very poor. I like that the company does give a support number on their website which is easy to find. Nothing I hate more then having to do an exhaustive search on the Internet just to find the support number. While customer service might have been a big issue at one time it seems like the company was worked hard to improve on this weakness. Dan Borislow, the owner admitted that the over night success of MJ left them understaffed in a big way but had made the necessary changes to handle the massive popularity of this product.

For customers willing to try the Magic Jack before buying it, there’s a 30 day free trial. It’s really risk free if you want to give this innovative device a try. One small drawback to this offer is that the 30 days begins on the day you order your MagicJack and not when you receive the device so you actually have less than thirty days to give it a try.

We also found a helpful magic Jack Review here.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

JupiterJack(JunoJack) Review: Can The Jupiter Jack Save Your Life?

Jupiter Jack is a mobile phone accessory that directs voice calls through the car radio system, turning it into a hands-free device. Study after study have proven that driving while holding a cell phone when driving can be very distracting and causes a huge increase in severe accidents. In many states, speaking on the cell phone while driving is forbidden by law, so anybody who wants to use their phone while driving needs to buy a hands-free kit. The problem with such kits is that good ones are expensive and the cheaper kits don’t provide a good sound quality.

Jupiter Jack is better because it offers a pretty clear audio and because it’s completely wireless and it can be installed in less than one minute. There is some static, and it depends on your car radio system and how high you have to set the volume button. Moreover, Jupiter Jack is a better alternative to Bluetooth sets that need to be attached to the ear, or to handsfree ear buds that may disturb the driver. Besides, it feels better to hear the conversation in the car speakers. Because of it’s small size and because it works with any mobile phone that has a 1/8” jack, It’s very convenient. However, for some cell phone models, a separate adapter may be necessary to plug the gadget in. All the device needs to start working is to get plugged into the phone, then the car radio needs to be preset on the 99.3 FM. Then, the integrated microphone and FM modulator do their job in directing the phone conversation through the car speakers. Easy to use, light, compact and portable, Jupiter Jack is ideal for drivers who want to freely use their mobile phone while driving.

The Jupiter Jack is not a high-tech blue tooth device. So don’t expect the voice quality to be what you would get from a $200 dollar electronic device. If you have ever used a device to play your ipod through your radio you should know what to expect. One of the biggest problems when playing an ipod through the radio is finding a station that has absolutely nothing broadcasting on it. The same problem applies to the Jupiter Jack. This was a big complaint of users when the product first came out as the device was only able to work on one station. Reports from the Jupiter Jack people now say that you can customize the radio frequency. For all you Iphone users out there the Jupiter Jack will work with your hip phone. There are some negative Jupiter Jack reviews out there because people do not read the fine print about shipping. If you order this product online make sure you pay attention to the details.

Customer service is what can make a product super successful or bing the product and the company to it’s knees. Some As Seen On TV products have notorious bad customer service and you will know it by the multitude of posts on the Internet complaining about the product. This does not seem to be the case with Jupiter Jack. We really liked the fact that a customer service number was found easily on their website.

Worst case scenario, you are unsatisfied with the Jupiter Jack. What next? Well, the company does offer a no questions asked return policy and will return your money in full. If you do return the product be prepared to lose the money you spent on shipping.

Jupiter Jack is available at the price of $19.99 plus shipping, which makes it cheaper than all hands-free car kits that do the same thing. For an additional shipping and handling fee of $6.99, you can get a free bonus: a cell phone dashboard mount. With more and more studies coming out linking serious car accidents to cell phone usage, hands free devices such as the Jupiter Jack are a really good idea. In many states, it’s becoming law.

Update: If you decide to buy the Jupiter Jack off the companies website you can get a buy one get one free deal.