I’ve mentioned before that I was getting ready to get Magic Jack to replace our home phone service.  It’s phone service that you run through your internet, and it is ONLY $20 A YEAR! The first year is $40, because you have to pay $20 for the equipment that they send you.  But each following year is only $20!

Before I get into my review of Magic Jack, I have to share a funny story.  We called AT&T to cancel our home phone service.  When they asked us why we wanted to cancel, we told them we were going to be getting a better deal elsewhere.  The phone agent proceeded to tell us she could reduce our bill to $23 a month if we wanted.  This just goes to show that you can get your bills reduced if you will call and negotiate with companies.  “Walk Away Power” is the biggest key to getting the best deal (Dave Ramsey principle).

Of course, AT&T still couldn’t compete with $20 for a year, so it was really quite humorous hearing the agent’s reaction when we told her the deal we were getting.

So onto my review of Magic Jack…

Likes:

Easy and quick to install.

Inexpensive.

It can go anywhere with me around the world, and I can use it with just a computer and internet connection. Any calls I make home will count as local still, because I’ll be using my own local phone and phone number.

Includes things like call waiting, long distance, caller ID, voice mail, directory assistance, free phone number, emergency 911 service, and more!

No extra state and federal fees are added to my phone bill (you all know those extra fees I am talking about).

Reception is very clear.  It doesn’t seem any different from the reception I had with AT&T.

Dislikes:

There is a slight delay when I make a call, because the phone has the send the information to the computer and the computer dials the number.

You have to have a computer with an internet connection in order to use it.

With these few exceptions of things I don’t like, I will easily put up with them in order to save as much money as I am.  My phone bill was around $40/mo (not including all the fees added on).  Even if I had gotten my AT&T bill down to $23/mo (not including all the fees), my savings by using Magic Jack is still $236 for the first year ($276-$40).

I honestly hope that you all will give Magic Jack a try.  A lot of people will hesitate seeing the price, because they think it will end up being cheap/junky equipment or poor service.  I’m telling you that I am so happy since I have gotten Magic Jack!  It’s saving us so much money, and the quality of service is just as good if not better than AT&T!  And the equipment is great and easy to install!

Magic Jack also offers a 30-day trial, so if you are not happy you can send it back in for a full refund.  So even if you try it and don’t like it, you will not have wasted your initial $40 for equipment and the first year. I hope you all will give it a try, and I’d love to hear any feedback if you have tried Magic Jack!