Personal Technology from The Wall Street Journal
magicJack: Cheap, Way Overhyped, But Really Works
February 17, 2010 by Walter S. Mossberg
When I see a high-tech product that's advertised mainly via frequent hard-sell TV ads, as if it were a diet pill, I tend to assume it can't be very good, especially if its price is absurdly low. So, I haven't paid much attention to a product called magicJack, a small $40 adapter for your computer that claims to let you make unlimited domestic phone calls over the Internet with your home telephone free for a whole year-and for just $20 a year thereafter.
But after receiving reader requests to review magicJack, I decided to do so. To my surprise, it worked pretty much as advertised. It has a few drawbacks, and extra fees for added services, such as vanity phone numbers. But I found magicJack easy to set up and easy to use, and it yielded decent, if not pristine, call quality. I even tested customer support-a source of complaints online-and found it friendly, fast and responsive.
...***** Moderator's Note *****
Good grief! When are journalists going to figure out that that vendors always divert their IP addresses onto the "next up" position of the "expert" queue?
We had a couple of long threads about MagicJack recently: according to "2600", the company is a bad choice for VoIP. YMMV.
Bill Horne Moderator