Google Voice + magicJack = $1.66/month Phone Bill

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Google Voice + magicJack = $1.66/month Phone Bill

What do you get when you combine Google Voice + MagicJack? Well, you get $1.66/month phone service, of course.

First, you need a MagicJack which costs $39.99 for the first year and includes the USB device. Subsequent years are $19.99/year or $1.66/month.

Second, you need to get Google Voice, which is free, but you need an invite to get in.

Lastly, you point your Google Voice number to your magicJack phone number. This way if you ever decide to switch off of magicJack, you can just point Google Voice to your new phone number.

You now have a fully-featured powerful phone line for just $1.66/month!

With Google Voice you get multiple line ringing, call forwarding, custom greetings, free SMS, call recording, call screening, automatic voicemail transcription and more. What else do you need?

Check out the cost comparison with some popular unlimited plan offerings:

 Costs  Per Month  Per Year
 AT&T    $32.99   $395.88
 Comcast    $39.95   $467.40
 Verizon    $49.99   $599.88
 Vonage    $24.99   $299.88
 Google Voice & magicJack      $1.66     $19.99

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Yes, the possibilities are endless for incoming calls.
The drawback with this setup is that the MJ has to be connected to a computer 24/7 which is not ideal in most situations, and recurring yearly fees.

My solution was all the above, except that I replaced the MJ with the Nettalk TK600. This device can be connected either via router or pc. The dealbreaker for me was the one time cost of $99.00 for lifetime service.

or if you had a gizmo5 account.

According to wikipedia magic jack installs ad ware, has no uninstaller, users complained that they had trouble returning the device under 30 day guarentee, and their EULA gives them the right to snoop your calls for targetted advertising and denies you the right to sue them over it.
Also they sued someone who said as such and courts ruled that it was a SLAPP.

I almost went for one too. You really should not promote such a hostile and infact downright evil company

Anything that save me money is not evil. I have saved 40+ month now that I do not have a landline. My mom ordered it and I thought it was another junk product she got from an infomercial. I was wrong. I liked it and ordered it online. It came on time. I have no problems with reception. I have a netbook so I connect my phone to it and have cordless phones upstairs and downstairs. If Im at home I use it vs my cell and save my cell min.

I know there are some issues using MagicJack with Google Voice. I spent quite a while trying to get them to work together myself.

However, I think I may have found a solution or work-a-round, for the verification process at least!


Let me know how it works for you.

This idea is working perfectly. I was using MJ by itself but the call was choppy, in & out, seems like underwater because of WIRELESS access. I just combined it with Google Voice and now from Google Voice I can call anyone and the sound quality is much better. I am now able to use it for my work (mtg) which involves lots of callings.

I did Google search and I stumbled into this page.

nettalk doesn't do lifetime accounts anymore.
they have a new device and the new device has to be paid for yearly. people who got the old device are able to keep their lifetime accounts. does anyone know if there are other devices like nettalk that people can use to have a voip phone connected to router and not have to be connected to computer? thanks

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