Would you believe me if I told you that you could have unlimited free phone calls to US and Canada, forever?
I must be lying, right?
But nope, I'm not.
I got something else dirt cheap to share with you wonderful readers.
Now, I know, I know... if you're familiar with Magic Jack, you'll say "That's not free! Its cheap, but free it aint."
I'm telling you that it certainly can be free.
But first, before getting into the free aspect- what exactly is Magic Jack?
Magic Jack is some really cool technology, called VOIP, standing for voice over IP, which (and I'm not a techie in any way, so you'll have to bear with me in case there are slight errors in my techno-talk) means that with the means of special technology, your voice is sent through the internet and connected with the phone lines, so that you can make telephone calls without a telephone.
Magic Jack has a device that you plug into your computer, which you plug your telephone into, and then you can make that phone call without paying a cent. You just pay a low fee for the device, and then a really low yearly fee for the service, and get unlimited calls to the US and Canada. There's another device, the Magic Jack Plus which you can use even without a computer. (See here for pricing details, but its something in the realm of 40-70 dollars for the device plus service for the first year, then a yearly fee of 20-30 dollars after that.)
Ok, so that's really cool, and a wonderful money saving technology that I've heard about for a while.
But it still costs money.
I just heard of and started using Magic Jack's new release- the free Magic Jack app for Iphone and Android.
So, you don't need to buy the Magic Jack device.
AND you don't need to pay a cent, no yearly service fee, no hidden fees, nothing.
So, how does it work?
First you download the apps from either of these two links:
Next, you open the App on your phone or tablet.
Then you sign up for an account. It's very easy.
You get assigned a phone number. I'm not sure if its just a Magic Jack phone number which works by people calling a 1-800 number and dialing a special Magic Jack number starting and ending with an asterix, or if you also have an assigned telephone number. (I assume it is the second, because whenever I have called people with this Magic Jack app, the same Florida number shows up on the caller ID.)
Then you call. Just dial the number, then press "Call".
That was easy to follow, wasn't it?
So, does this save money?
Well, if you live out of the US like I do, but need to call people in the US, this is certainly cheaper than an international call, because it's free.
Is it absolutely free?
Well, yes, and no.
With a regular Magic Jack device, you need to have an internet line in your home or wherever in order to use the Magic Jack device.
With the Magic Jack app, you need to have your phone or tablet connected to the internet. If you have a data package on your phone that is limited, making phone calls will use up data, and will therefore cost money. If you have an unlimited data plan, it won't cost you anything.
If you hook up your device to an available WiFi network it won't use up a data plan. There are many WiFi networks available for free in public places, even if you don't have Wifi in your home.
I really like this Magic Jack app. I think its great for anyone who has a smartphone or tablet- no reason not to download it. And if you don't have a smartphone or tablet, look into buying the Magic Jack device and see if it can save you money.
My biggest pet peeve about the Magic Jack app is that it seems to be a real energy suck from the phone, so if you're going to make a long phone call with the Magic Jack app, best do it free.
This is NOT a paid promotion. I just wanted to make that clear. Magic Jack has no clue that I'm writing about this. I'm just writing about this because I think it's so amazing that I now have the ability to call anyone in the US or Canada absolutely free, and wanted to share that tip with you too!
Ever hear of the Magic Jack device? Do you have one? Do you like it?
Ever hear of the Magic Jack app? Do you have it? What do you think of it? If you have a smartphone or tablet, do you think you'll download it if you don't already have it?