Magic Jack Gets Upgrades Now Called The MAGIC JACK PLUSMore and more people are dropping their home phone service provider, and switching to much more affordable phone services provided through VoIP networks. These VoIP networks use your high speed internet connection for making and receiving phone calls. One of these services is provided by a small device called the magic Jack Plus, the latest edition of the highly touted magic Jack.
What’s the difference between the magic Jack Plus and the magic Jack?The first, and most relevant difference between the two devices is the magicJack Plus’s ability to function without a computer, thanks to its built in CPU and RAM. The previous edition of the magic Jack required it to be plugged into the USB port on a computer, and for that computer to be powered on. This was a major inconvenience as expressed by many users of the first device but it has been addressed here with the magic Jack Plus
Another complaint some users of the magic Jack had was that the call quality was less than ideal. Users sometimes complained of static, and echoes when on calls. The magic Jack Plus now includes Wide Band Voice Technology, also called HD Voice, which doubles the device’s codecs from 8 kHz to 16 kHz, substationally increasing the quality of the sound, while also reducing static. Echo Control technology is also new to the magic Jack Plus; this technology helps to eliminate echoes while talking. These two updates have helped magic Jack to deliver a call quality is now on par with that of landline phones.
How much does the magic Jack Plus cost?The magic Jack Plus costs only $69.95. This initial purchase covers the magic Jack Plus device, its AC adapter power supply, an Ethernet cable, and a USB cable. This price also covers the first year of service. Upon the initial purchase, though, you can buy five years of service, at a discounted rate of only $99.95 which is $50 off the price for five years if you were to renew on a year-to-year basis. You service includes the ability to make unlimited local and long distance calls anywhere in the United States, or Canada.
Does somebody from the company need to set up the magic Jack Plus for me?No. The magic Jack Plus can be set up in just a few minutes, with some easy-to-follow instructions that are included with the device. All you have to do is plug the magic Jack Plus into your computer to sign up for an account, activate the device, and get a phone number. The just plut it into your high speed modem or router with the included Ethernet cable, and into its included power supply. Next, plug your telephone into the magic Jack Plus unit, and you are ready to make calls.
You also have the choice of running the device through your computer, and using the softphone option which eliminates the need of having to use a telephone.
Is there any software installation required?There is no software installation required. The device does not even need a computer to work! As stated above though it can work with a computer if desired and if you chose to do so it will require a minor software installation.
I travel a lot when I work, can I use the magic Jack Plus away from home?
Absolutely. One great feature of the magic Jack Plus is its ability to work with your computer. You can take your phone number with you wherever you travel. All you need to do is plug the device into the USB port on your computer or laptop, and be connected to the internet.