New Magic Jack app allows you to call free on your smart phone!!
MagicJack has engineered another major shake up in the phone industry – free calls for iPad, iPod, and Android users. A version of the app was available for the Kindle Fire, but that app has since been pulled from the shelves.
The app connects users' smartphones with their Magic Jack phone number. This allows the user to make calls in wi-fi enabled hotels, restaurants, airports, etc. – so you need to have an active Magic Jack account set up. Using the app may allow you to get by with a less expensive mobile plan. There is something sexy about making using free wi-fi to make long phone calls while sipping latte in Starbucks. MagicJack has a free version of the app which can be used even if you don't have a magicJack, but it's not very robust.
The apps make use of wi-fi or 4G network connections. If you're using a 4G connection, a word of caution is in order, however. – make sure your plan allows for unlimited data usage, as the app relies on your phone's data stream while you converse. If you have a free wi-fi connection, however, your calls are free. No voice minutes or data megabytes are consumed.
For those that have an iPad or iPod, the app can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes store – even the app itself is free. This app can be an incredible values for those who have ditched their land lines and have been relying on their smart phone to make calls from home and while on the road. Simply eliminating your conventional home phone service may save you $500 – $800 per year, but if you have to buy more minutes to talk it sucks out some of the fun. On the other hand, if you can eliminate your home phone service without paying for any more cell phone time, the joy is back. If you can take advantage of wi-fi hotspots and reduce the number of minutes you burn still further, drop to a cheaper iPhone plan and chat with a smile on your face.
NOTE: on your Apple device, choose Apple's “Settings” and set “Notifications” to “ON”. Then scroll down and set “magicJack” to “ON”. If you disable Apple notifications, you will not receive incoming calls.
MagicJack has also launched a similar app for Android phones, and may launch apps for other smartphones – check back here for the latest and greatest!
One other note: You can make calls to almost anywhere in the United States or Canada with your Magic Jack, and the same hold true with your new smartphone app. Your Magic Jack will not call free conference call sites, nor will it allow outgoing calls to some rural locations. In both cases, the issue relates to high termination fees charged by rural telephone companies. Since it charges customers only a few dollars a month for phone service, Magic Jack simply doesn't connect to those locations. There are workarounds available using Google Voice or Skype, however.
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