Magic Jack advertised free long distance phone calls for $29.95.
My daughter lives in Florida, so a year or so ago, I bought the Magic Jack gizmo figuring I would save some bucks if that was the only time I used it. Turns out I used it a lot when calling Boompa in Bangladesh to troubleshoot my wireless router. No toll-free number? No problem. (It was a U.S. number, international calls are not free, but close.)
Originally I had it installed in my desktop where it chugged along just fine. Read the details here.
The Magic Jack basically was trouble free for the time I had it.
When it came time to renew, I was involved in other things and ignored the popup window asking me to renew.
Since I do most of my Magic Jack calling outbound, it didn’t matter to me that there were no local numbers in our area code.
So I chose Boca Raton Florida because that had a nice sound do it.
Plus it freaked out people when I would call and they saw the Caller ID.
I had my fun, but didn’t renew until I found out Magic Jack has vastly improved their number of area codes and cities so that the gadget can be used for both inbound and outbound calls. I moved Magic Jack to a laptop and renewed their service. Changing from my original number to the local number was free and a snap.
But having a local number sure makes it harder to make those harassing phone calls.