Fully Functional Free magicJack App
My magicJack app expired recently, which was a complete surprise to me. I thought it would remain free as long as I had a paid magicJack account for my magicJack home phone line. Imagine my surprise when I found out magicJack wanted $10 to restore the app to service for another year.
It turns out is free, if you jump through a hoop or two each year. You just need to login to your account, hover over the “Phone Numbers” tab, and click on “View – Renew – Add” in the dropdown menu. In the section titled “magicJack APP Mobile Devices”, click on “Add a Year”, then click on the “Stay Basic” button. Since you have a current magicJack account, you'll get all the functionality of a Preferred account, even though you've clicked on “Stay Basic”.
That wasn't too hard, but you still have a second hoop to jump through. Go to your smartphone and delete the magicJack app, then reinstall it. Once you've completed magicJack's little obstacle course for renewing your magicJack App, you'll be good to go for another year – without parting with any hard earned cash.
The process seems a little complicated – I'm not even sure why I need to renew the app if my magicJack account remains active. It's just one of lifes little mysteries, I guess. Regardless, it's well worth while being able to use my home phone while I'm on the road in a hotel, restaurant, or other location with available wi-fi.
Just a thought – consider using a VPN service such as Private Internet Access to encrypt your online activity if you're in a public wi-fi area. It's cheap insurance against identity theft and a host of other funk.
Do you have a question or comment about the expiration of your magicJack app? Drop a note in the comment box below and put it out there for all to see! You may find the answer you're looking for – or perhaps you'll hear from another sympathetic user.