I’ve been seeing the commercials and ads all over the Internet, TV, and yes my own blog, so I thought I should review this product and compare it to Skype to see which one is better. The following is my MagicJack product review and comparing Magic Jack to Skype.
Pros and Cons of MagicJack
- Plugs into your computer and turns your computer into a regular phone jack.
- Can hook up any existing phone to the jack and start making VOIP calls.
- VOIP calls are free and unlimited so this could save money over long distance calling.
- No additional software of CD to install to make it work.
- Your computer must be on in order for this to work. If your computer is turned off, then your service won’t work.
- This is a service and the price per year is $20. I believe this only allows you to call out, and doesn’t provide you a phone number for others to reach you.
- There is no local phone services with this service so no local 911, fire, or paramedics.
- It’s a system program that takes up resources on your computer and has alerts that pop up while using the computer
- The unit cost $40 to purchase on top of the $20 a year fee.
MagicJack compared to Skype:
- Skype doesn’t require you to buy anything. You can turn your existing computer into a phone with a mic and speakers, which most computers come with.
- Skype has products that allow you to use their service without your computer being on, and therefore makes it a true stand-alone phone system. I have the Belkin unit at home and have review it on my website here. You can learn more about the Belkin product from my other posts.
- Skype has low cost plans that have unlimited calling to anywhere in the world, as well as provides a phone number that others can call you on, with a voice mail, call forwarding, caller id, and many other preminum phone services. I have the complete unlimited plan with a local number, voice mail, unlimited calling, etc, and I only pay $60 a year. If you noticed that the MagicJack costs $40 plus $20 per year so you area paying the same amoutn and don’t get the other features.
- The Skype extras include a ton of great services like mp3 call recording, free radio feeds, sharing programs, and much more. This makes the service on your computer much more worthwile and provides many more tools that you can use.
All in all, I would say that MagicJack is not that great of a product and I would still stick with Skype. However, there are people out there that want something as easy as possible, even if it doesn’t work the best or has the best features, if it’s easy they want it. I can see MagicJack being one of those products that non-savvy Internet users, or people that don’t want to do anything else but get some free calls would like and use. I personally wouldn’t recommend MagicJack or Magic Jack as a reliable product, and would still recommend using Skype for VOIP services.