Magic Jack  is this for real?: Just For Fun Off Topic  -- Current Events Health Happiness Discussion Forum and Review Magic Jack is this for real?: Just For Fun Off Topic -- Current Events Health Happiness Discussion Forum

  parts   |   manuals   |   discussion   |   photos   |   podcast   |   reviews   |   specs   |   dealers   |   classifieds   |   contact   |   faq   |   myProfile   |   home          Login Now | Sign Up


FAQ:   What is a tractor?

Forum Index
New As Posted | Active Subjects



www.emerichsales.com - New & Used Equipment
          View Tractors For Sale!


www.partsbynet.com - Lawn and Garden Equipment Parts


Bernardsville Landscape Lighting
Click to Post a New Message!

Discussion Boards > Active Subjects > Messages as Posted > Just For Fun Off Topic Forum

Page [ 1 ] | 2 | | Next >>
Reply | Pop Up Window Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo
 09-25-2009, 08:16 Post: 165914
hardwood

TP Contributor

Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: iowa
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 3582

3
Filter by User
  Magic Jack , is this for real?

Surely everybody has saw the Magic Jack elcheapo phone service ad on the TV. I really didn't want to call for fear of a barrage of sales call BS.
Is this for real or just another scam of some sort?






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 09-25-2009, 09:51 Post: 165918
auerbach



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: West of Toronto
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 2168
  Magic Jack , is this for real?

I'm from the generation for whom phone service meant one black phone in the house, owned by someone named Bell. The most dramatic thing on our block was a Long Distance Call. ("I can't come out. Dad's going to make a Long Distance Call."Wink yeah right The bravest person on the block replaced the wall cord with a longer one. We wondered if he'd go to jail for that.

Now I can't keep up. Don't ask me what VOIP or apps mean. But I do know I save on LD by dialing a code first. And that it's possible to save even more by using my computer somehow, which is what this firm is offering. As for worrying about being hassled, your number should be on the Do Not Call list. And that company is one of the sponsors of this site.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 09-25-2009, 10:21 Post: 165920
Murf

TP Contributor

View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 7012

2
Filter by User
  Magic Jack , is this for real?

Frank, it's nothing "magic" at all, it's merely a very small computer in a box. You plug your phone into it, and connect it to your internet connection.

Basically it converts your phone call into a digital transmission which is sent over the internet instead of phone lines to a spot near where you're calling at which time another computer turns it from a digital signal back into an analog (audio) signal and dumps it back into the phone lines where it's a 'local' call to your destination.

If you have high speed internet, and the party you call does to you can talk 'long distance' over your computer for free, for as long as you like by downloading a little program called "Skype" which a free service.

Best of luck.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 09-25-2009, 11:15 Post: 165922
kwschumm



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: NW Oregon
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5764

2
Filter by User
  Magic Jack , is this for real?

The fact that it runs over the internet means it's subject to internet problems that arise from time to time. The internet was not really designed for streaming data (audio, video, etc) but there happens to be enough surplus bandwidth that it usually works. If you've watched video over the internet you've probably seen the video stall or get out of sync with the audio, and if you've listened to streaming audio it can stall as well. All of those issues can affect your calls to some extent, but the cost savings can make it worthwhile. I can't say that Magic Jack works or doesn't though, no experience with it here.

We use the internet for voice and conference calls at work and it usually works fine, but for home I'm sticking to POTS for now (plain old telephone system). Lots of people are dumping POTS for their cell phones to save some money by not paying for two services.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 09-25-2009, 11:35 Post: 165923
hardwood

TP Contributor

Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: iowa
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 3582

3
Filter by User
  Magic Jack , is this for real?

Auer;
I go back a bit farther or else we were farther out in the sticks when I was kid. We had a crank phone, long short short was our ring. The old timers said we don't need no @#@%$ dial phone, the old one works just fine,(sometimes).

The Magic Jack sounds like if I bought a steam engine. By the time I lit the fire, got steam up, I'd forget why I wanted steam in the firat place.

I'm really wondering why we keep paying a land line phone, computer don't need it, cell phones seem to work in the bottom of a cellar anymore, Only one of our five kids has a land line anymore.

Frank.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 09-25-2009, 11:43 Post: 165924
DRankin



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Northern Nevada
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5105
  Magic Jack , is this for real?

Quote:
Originally Posted by hardwood | view 165923
Auer; I go back a bit farther or else we were farther out in the sticks when I was kid.... long short short was our ring.



Hmmm.... brings back memories....... we had 6 other households on our "party line".






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 09-25-2009, 12:18 Post: 165925
kwschumm



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: NW Oregon
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5764

2
Filter by User
  Magic Jack , is this for real?

We still keep a land line for two reasons. One, our security system uses it to dial out and a cell phone converter for it costs a bunch. Two, we don't have good cell phone coverage here unless we walk to the top of the hill.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 09-25-2009, 12:56 Post: 165926
hardwood

TP Contributor

Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: iowa
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 3582

3
Filter by User
  Magic Jack , is this for real?

OK, now a question for my not so brilliant electrical mind.

The crank on the old wall telephone turned a generator that made the juice to call "Central" to call someone else, then what were the batteries for?

Antique stores think them old relics are priceless, we tore them apart for the magnets. Dumb Kids anaway.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 09-25-2009, 13:12 Post: 165928
greg_g



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Western Kentucky
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 1816

2
Filter by User
  Magic Jack , is this for real?

Quote:
Originally Posted by hardwood | view 165926
The crank on the old wall telephone turned a generator that made the juice to call "Central" to call someone else, then what were the batteries for?

i remember the hand crank, it was a ring generator. But I don't remember batteries. Not in the wall phone anyway. Power was ordinarily provided by the phone company, and it traveled on the transmission lines. 48vdc I think. Although having said that, it could have been battery power. Anyway, the power on the line carried the conversation, the hand crank just sent a ring signal for the operator to respond.

//greg//






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 09-25-2009, 13:27 Post: 165929
greg_g



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Western Kentucky
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 1816

2
Filter by User
  Magic Jack , is this for real?

Back to the original question. MagicJack isn't magic at all, it's a simple VoIP device. What's deceiving is the price. The advertised $19.95/year subscription includes advertising that you have to listen to before each and every phone call and/or see them on your computer screen. It's sorta like Google email; free - if you can put up with targeted advertising cluttering up your incoming messages. Pay - and the advertising goes away.

Here's a snippet from the MJ subscriber agreement: "You also understand and agree that use of the magicJack device and Software will include advertisements and that these advertisements are necessary for the magicJack device to work ... Our computers may analyze the phone numbers you call in order to improve the relevance of the ads"
'
At one time there was talk of Magicjack "premium service" which eliminated the advertising. I think it might have been $24/month, but from what I can tell - that never happened anyway. If you fall for their crap - be prepared to be deluged with targeted advertising.

//greg//






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

Reply | Pop Up Window Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo


Page [ 1 ] | 2 | | Next >>

Discussion Boards > Active Subjects > Messages as Posted > Just For Fun Off Topic Forum

Thread 165914 Filter by Poster:
auerbach 1 | DRankin 1 | greg_g 2 | hardwood 3 | kwschumm 2 | Murf 2 |




Most Viewed

+ Need input on building a pneumatic mulch blower
+ Two-Cylinder John Deere Engines
+ Bad River Tractor Tool Rack
+ -17 degrees F.
+ one theory on Jobs
+ Vandalism or Civil Matter?
+ Joke 'o' the day
+ Merry Christmas
+ OLIVER 1900 FWD?
+ Tractor Umbrella/Canopy/Sunshade Question...

Most Discussion

+ -17 degrees F.
+ New Implements
+ one theory on Jobs
+ WHAT DID YOU DO TODAY ?
+ Empire farm days
+ Vandalism or Civil Matter?
+ Shooting at Mall in Kingston
+ Joke 'o' the day
+ A thought-provoking eye-opener
+ Hey Randy.... You are going to

Newest Topics

+ Smile for the day.. Ole and Swen and others
+ Too much Snow Too Soon for me
+ Happy Thanksgiving
+ Commuting 335 miles to work
+ I m back
+ Some weather related news from North Dakota
+ How did you wind up where you are living Survey
+ How Did that happen?
+ Super Bowl or Ice Bowl or Who Cares Bowl
+ Man tries voodoo to make wife disappear then murde













Turbochargers for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Cab Glass for Tractors and Industrial Machines

Alternators for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Radiators for Tractors and Industrial Machines

Driveline Components for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Starter Motors for Tractors and Industrial Machines