New magicJack app allows you to call free on your smart phone!!
The magicJack app shook up the mobile phone industry. The app allows iPhone and Android smartphone users to make free phone calls. Those with iOS and Android tablets can use the app to make free calls as well. You can call nearly anywhere in the United States or Canada for free. In addition, you can call Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands for free. In fact, you can make unlimited free international calls as well – as long as you're calling another magicJack customer and using wi-fi to do so (not using a network connection).
MagicJack has a free version of the app which can be used even if you don't have a magicJack account. Unfortunately, the free version is not very user-friendly. For users with a magicJack account, the app ties their smartphone to their magicJack phone number. It allows the user to make calls in wi-fi enabled hotels, restaurants, airports, etc. 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 international phone calls while sipping latte in Starbucks.
Network versus Wi-Fi Connection – It Makes a Difference!
The apps make use of wi-fi or 3G/4G/LTE network connections. If you're using a network 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 when you converse. Similarly, if you are making international calls using your network connection, you're incurring charges every minute you talk. On the other hand, if you have a free wi-fi connection, your calls to US or Canadian numbers are free. No voice minutes or data megabytes are consumed. Even international calls are free – but only if you're calling another magicJack customer.
Where to Get the magicJack App
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.
The magicJack app is also available for free in Google Play for Android phones.
One other note: You can make calls to almost anywhere in the US or Canada with your magicJack app. The magicJack app will not make outgoing calls to most 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.
Questions or Comments?
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