Tweaking magicJack Voicemail
New Voicemail Settings from MagicJack
You may have struggled to get to the phone before magicJack sent your caller to voicemail, or you may have sought a method to keep your voicemail on a recorder at your house rather than retrieving it from magicJack’s servers. Whatever the reason, until recently you were stuck with the timing built into your magicJack. Typically this meant you had four rings to get to the phone, check the caller ID, and catch the caller before magicJack whisked them off to its servers and to your email.
Not any more.
Private Voicemail or Fax Machines
Log into your magicJack account and roll over the “Call Features” tab, then click on the “Voicemail On/Off/Delay” link. On the next page, you can turn voicemail on or off (in the second column of the table), or you can change the time delay before your caller is sent to voice mail. You can now have messages picked up by your own voicemail machine or by your fax, before they are sent to magicJack’s voicemail system. If your recorder fails or if you get several calls at the same time, the call will be sent to magicJack’s servers.
Alternately, you could use the double ring feature of MagicFeatures to allow you to use your own recorder for voice mail, but you couldn’t change the overall time before your call went to voicemail, nor could you turn off voicemail altogether. MagicFeatures does add some other features though – 7 digit local dialing, the ability to block specific numbers, allowing the use of speed dial numbers, etc – I use it to provide those those additional benefits.
GVJack; Even Less Expensive than MagicJack
I should also point out that there is an alternative that is even less expensive than magicJack’s service, and that is to purchase GVJack for use with your new/used/expired magicJack. As long as Google continues to offer Google Voice for free, you’ll never have another phone bill – and you’ll have access to the benefits provided by Google Voice with GVJack – using your expired magicJack!
Life is Good!
With all the innovation by providers of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services, it’s hard to imagine how conventional phone companies are going to adapt and remain profitable. Many consumers have seen the light however, and have come to rely on magicJack (with or without the benefits of MagicFeatures and GVJack) to keep their budgets in balance. Some consumers have even gone so far as to add magicJack App to their cell phone to enable them to use wi-fi hotspots. Doing so allows them to make cell phone calls using their magicJack account and save plan minutes while away from home and their computer.
Who knows – perhaps one day we’ll all begin to forsake expensive cable TV programming and begin relying on antennas to snag ordinary over-the-air shows once again.
It could happen!