My MagicJack Plus Review: New MagicJack Plus Upgrades Are Magical

After its release in 2007, the magic Jack brought the technology of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service to the mainstream. This technology allowed its users to make and receive unlimited phone calls to and from the United States and Canada for the unheard of low price of only $19.95 per year. Millions of these devices were sold across a huge portion of North America, and with short, memorable television advertisements, their popularity continued to grow. For its cost, the magic Jack delivered exceptional phone service, and outside of a few minor call quality issues, the devices worked very well.

We all know by now that the magic Jack isn’t perfect and it clearly had some issues, and annoying ones I might add. But we also know that it costs only $5 per month, $20 for 6 months, $35 for a year, or $99.75 for a 5-year plan and that’s why millions of us have chosen to use it anyway. We have decided that its annoyances are worth dealing with if it means that we save $500 a year, especially with this down trodden economy we are in.

Okay, so what about the new magicJack Plus?

Well, if you thought the Magic Jack was cool, flaws and all, then you are really gonna love what we discovered during our review of the MagicJack plus. The Magic Jack Plus is basically the first generation device with several improvements aimed at eliminating the problem issues that the original magic Jack came with.

When I say it’s basically the same I mean just that!! The magic Jack Plus costs nearly the same price and comes with all of the exact same features and services including unlimited local and long distance calling to both the United States and Canada with the ability to make international calls for an additional per minute cost. The only difference from the old device is the upgrades that make it work better and a slightly different, more sleek design.

The magic Jack Plus also costs a bit more with the device and the first year of service costing $69.95 and renewals running run you $29.95 per year (they can be had for the old price of $19.95 if you are willing to pay for 5 years in advance when going through the installation process). The old device cost just $39.95 with renewals for $19.95 per year.

With the new device magicJack is now offering the ability to port a phone number that you already have for a $20 fee and they are also now offering some sort of replacement insurance on the device that costs just $10.

Included with your purchase will be the magicJack Plus device,  USB cable, AC power adapter, Ethernet cable, and the owner’s manual/instructions. Features include everything you are use to getting with a traditional landline phone company including voicemail, call waiting, call forwarding, 3-way calling, caller ID, and much more.

How Has The MagicJack Plus Addressed Past Issues?

The magic Jack has been known to be a problem because with it you are required to keep your computer on all the time in order for it to work and also because involving a computer in the calling process opens up the door for many complications since everybody has differing computers and operating systems. The new MagicJack Plus addresses this concern by coming with the ability to work via direct connect to a modem/router.

This new features means that you don’t have to hook the Magic Jack up to your computer anymore (although you still can) thus totally eliminating the need to keep your computer on or deal with computer related issues that bog down and complicate the service. Instead just hook the magic Jack plus straight into your router.

A second concern with the magic Jack was it’s call quality and this has also been addressed with the MagicJack Plus. The new Plus comes with two very important features that Dan Barislow, magic Jack’s founder, has promised will allow it to skyrocket into the upper echelon of telecommunications companies in regards to call quality.  This two upgrades are being called HD voice and Echo Control and these upgrades alone will allow your MagicJack to reach a Magic level of call quality that hasn’t been seen anywhere to date with VoIP services.

A third concern with the magicJack was that installing it and getting it to work can be quite confusing. This issues has been addressed with the new device by the fact that it can be hooked directly into your telephone. The installation process is simple, all you have to do is hook it up to your computer the first time you use it so that you can register for a magicJack account and telephone number. Then simply hook the magic Jack Plus into your telephones phone jack port and you can make calls right away.

Besides these concerns the only other concern with the Magic Jack has been it’s customer service and that is something that isn’t likely to change. In order for Magic Jack to offer service for only $30 per year they simply can’t provide telephone support. Perhaps they should offered tiered services where you can pay more in order to have access to telephone technical support? However if they did offer this I bet most complainers would go for the cheapest versions that only offered chat support. The good thing however is that with the improvements to the new Plus device it is a lot less likely that people will need to contact support for anything.

How Do You Setup The Device?

Our reviews showed that the new device is extremely easy to setup and you can be up and running within just a couple of minutes. When you first receive the device you will need to hook it up to your computer via its USB port. This needs to be done so that you can go through the steps to register for an account and get your phone number. Once hooked up to your computer all you have to do is follow the onscreen prompts and you’ll be ready to go in no time.  Here you can either choose a vanity number for $10 or pick from available numbers that are listed for $3.  Once setup you can either continue using it on your computer or you can now take the device and hook it directly into your modem or routers Ethernet port. The only step left at this point is hooking the other end of the device up to your telephone and you’ll be all all ready to go.

Take the device out of the package and hook it up to your computer. Once this is done just follow the on-screen prompts and register your device, selecting a new phone number or porting over your landline number or even the number you had with the old magicJack. After you are done with this take the device out of your USB drive. Hook the AC adapter into the MJ+ and an outlet. Then hook the ethernet cable into the device and your router/modem. Finally, hook the device up to your telephone, pick up your phone, and you will hear a dial tone. You are now ready to go and can make and receive calls immediately.

Can I Upgrade From the old device to the new one?

If you have the original you will need to purchase the Plus and during registration of the device you will need to select that you already have an account. In doing this you will have the option to transfer your old number over to your new device. This upgrade however does not include a transfer of subscription, which doesn’t seem right to us. Your new device however does come with a full year of service after which you will have to renew.

What’s the final word on this product?

The magicJack Plus provides consumers with one of the cheapest options for home phone service and does this while allowing users to enjoy all of the features and benefits that come with more expensive traditional landline service. It is super easy to setup, super easy to use, and its call quality rivals that of all other service providers all while allowing users unlimited minutes and free long distance for just $29.95 per year. Of course you can also take this “home phone” with you wherever you go since it can be used via a USB port as well. Considering it’s price, quality, and easy of use you can’t go wrong with it. The old one may have had a few minor issues and all of them have been tackled with the release of the new device.

Update – Our Review Of The MagicJack Plus After Testing The Device

Our tests of the MagicJack Plus have seen excellent call quality. When testing its call quality it has been excellent and a big improvement over the original magic Jack. This is in part due to the new echo control and HD voice features along with no need for a computer. Without involving a computer in the process their phone service has been greatly simplified and outside factors related to each persons computer performance have been totally eliminated. This alone has been the biggest factor in improving freeze ups, dropped called, and static.

We have moved on to using a cell phone exclusively so we only tested the Plus this time around and don’t use it daily but we didn’t have any problems when testing it.

Although that magicJack Plus won’t be for everybody we see little reason why anybody would go with any other home phone service considering its easy-of-use, low cost, and new level of nearly perfect call quality.  As we see it you get everything that other companies offer but at a significantly reduced price!

Wondering minds can only imagine what’s next for magicJack. Perhaps a totally wireless device that works via Wi-Fi? Or maybe a 4G/LTE capable device that can also bring cheap Internet service to its users?

Reasons Why You Should Get The magicJack Plus

No Computer Required – The elimination of needing a computer means that it will work almost flawlessly just as your regular home phone does. Now you won’t have to keep your computer on at all times or move your telephone so that it sits near your computer.

Super Low Price – It comes at an insanely low price! For just $69.96 you get the device and one year of service with future years of service costing just $29.95. The initial cost for one year of service is equal to or less than your are probably paying through a traditional home phone company each month. Nobody in the telephone industry can rival this price.

Some Of The Best Call Quality – The old device has call quality issues but the new one was given specific updates to combat this. These updates have allowed it to reach new heights in regards to call quality. Get the best all quality out there while also paying almost nothing for it!

Ability To Take Your Home Phone Anywhere With You – With it you have the ability to take your home phone with you no matter where you travel. All you need is the device, a regular telephone, and an Ethernet port. Or when traveling you can connect it via your computers USB port and use the PC softphone.

Free International Calling To The U.S. – Take it with you when you travel outside of the country and you will have free calls back to the U.S. and Canada. No matter where you are in the world all calls to the U.S. and Canada are free. You can also considering buying it for someone you know that lives overseas and give the gift of free calls to you along with all of their other friends and family back in the U.S.

Update – A Real User magicJack Plus Review From Dan

I’ve been using magicjack for 2 years now, no complaints, it works, I can call out, can call in. It can’t be beat for the price. It won’t work for everybody and if you’re one of them, just find another solution, but for those of us that it works for it’s great.  Sound quality is good, can’t remember it ever dropping a call. Last year I would hear a beep on the phone every now and then, but not lately.  Occasionally when I would call home on my AT&T cell phone I would have to dial an extra number to connect, but that was a minor annoyance.  My wife uses it to call her kids in other states and has no complaints. In a service vs price ratio it’s one of the best deals around. I’ve spent less than $100.00 total for local and long distance phone service for 2 years.

Can I use my old land phone number instead of getting a new one for the Magicjack plus? If so, there is any extra charge for that?

If my computer is on first floor and router on the second it will work fine? Does it have a USB port as the old one did, plus Ethernet?

Love it But still cannot port my old number over and it has been 2 years. Also when someone calls it goes to answering machine after only 2 rings. How can I change that?

How do I get my magic jack plus to work with my wifi? Has anybody had that problem? I just got wifi but can’t use it to make or receive calls.

Magic Jack has been really great. Now I am having problems dialing numbers one is 518-597-3640. Also, 518-633-4127 another local number. That number is in my area code. Another is in Virginia 540-740-0668 a private number for my wife’s friend. I am supposed to be able to dial all of these numbers, yet when I try them, an intercept recording cuts in and says I have to prepay for these calls. I don’t know why, it doesn’t apply to any other calls.

Pete

I’m in the USA, if I bought this majic plus device, will I be able to call overseas, like in asia? And at what cost? If there’s any?

I love the magic jack! not only are the calls clear, but after cancelling my land line phone, i connected the output of the magic jack to the wall jack near the router, and now all the phone jacks in the house work with the magic jack. mind you, phones that are powered by the phone jack aren’t as clear as, say, a cordless phone base unit that uses the wall current to amplify the phone signal and send it to the cordless handsets. Still, it is very useful to put the base unit in an area where it is convenient, and to be able to have the router and the magic jack plus in another room.

Currently MJ does function with Dish Network receivers, will MJ plus be compatible with all varieties of Dish DVR receivers?

I have been a magic jack customer for a couple of years and in spite of the technical issues have been happy with the product. We have it connected to a base station phone with three satellites. Works great in that respect. I saw an infomercial today about the Plus version and ordered it through Radioshack.com (free shipping to the local store) for 69.95 plus tax. Can’t wait to plug it into the switch and get it off of the computer.

I currently have AT&T Uverse for my phone, Internet and cable. How can I hook the MagicJack Plus into the modem and use it for every phone (wall and cordless) in my house?

I have had magicJack since it first came out. I love it. Now I have ordered and am expecting delivery of my new magicJack plus… I will give my old unit to my daughter. I save so much over ma bell and the quality is great. I am just curious if I can retain my old magicJack number and port it to my new magicJack plus unit…

This is the fix linux users been waiting for. So we don’t have to use windows, mac or vmware…. SO EXCITED, THANKS magicJack!!!!

To the person who asked about 911 service with MJPlus — there is really no difference between how you set up for 911 now and how it is done with MJPlus. For either device, you have to do it manually in order for the 911 network to know where you are physically. If you use it for travel purposes then it is not practical to use this for 911 unless you are capable of speaking.

If the MJ Plus is connected to the ethernet instead of a computer, does it still provide 911 service?

Can you give details on the $10 device replacement insurance. As-In…what does the user need to do to get a replacement?

Thank You..

Even loosing 1 year of service, it is way better than local land line monthly charges. You can always try to sell the old one on eBay in order to make your money back.

I have been a long time user of MagicJack but recently reduced my use of it as I wanted to shut down the computer each day. The PLUS now gives me the option I was looking for so we’re back in the saddle again. Don’t forget my Senior discount.

Wow! A totally wireless device that works via Wi-Fi or a 4G capable device that can also bring cheap Internet service to its users. If this is true, bring ‘em on!!

I would love to switch to the MJ,but I HAVE NOT HAVE MY SAME NUMBER!!! Do you know when this will happen?