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Free Home Phone Service, from GV Jack

What exactly is GV Jack? Is it true that it can it provide home phone service for even less money than magicJack?

Unbelievably, it's true. GVJack works with a new, used, or even an expired magicJack and with Google's free VoIP phone system. Once you've set up your new VoIP home phone service, it's monthly cost is… nothing! Just install GV Jack in your computer, and plug in your magicJack Let me say it again… even an expired magicJack will work. Note that while you can make calls to the US and Canada, Google Voice cannot be installed if you're north of the border. It's only available if you live in the US.

There are two versions available, Standard (one time cost: $12.95) and the Professional (one time cost: $19.95). Check out the benefits! Click to enlarge any of the pictures below.

Screen Your Callers

Blocking Bothersome Callers (Pro version)
Call Blocker by GV JackGV Jack lets its users choose which callers to ignore. If a telemarketer doesn't get the message that you don't want to take their call, just add that phone number to the “Selective Call Screening Table”. That number will not ring your phone again. You can also use an asterisk (*) as a wild card. For example, you could block all “800” toll free calls by putting  800* in the selective call screening table, you could block an entire area code (e.g. 212*), or you could block a single exchange within an area code (e.g. 212455*).

Anonymous Callers? No Longer! (Pro version)
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Most times you'd like to know who's calling, and Caller ID helps out with that. You look at the number and decide whether to answer the call. Unfortunately, some callers want to keep their numbers from showing  up on  your Caller ID, and they show up as Anonymous Callers. All it takes is a single check in the “Anonymous Call Screening” box in GV Jack and those callers will be turned away. You can also dial *77 or *87 to turn the service on or off directly from your phone without accessing the GV Jack window on your computer.

Hold All My Calls! (Pro version)
You may have times when you're busy and don't want to be disturbed – don't we all? You can use the “Do Not Disturb” check box in the GV Jack dashboard to silence your phone entirely, or you can just dial *78 to turn on “Do Not Disturb” from your phone. Just remember to remember to remove the check again – or dial *79 to turn it off.

Make Way for Priority Callers (Pro version)
Priority call table for GV JackGV Jack lets you designate important callers, people who can ring through when no one else can. First add the phone numbers of friends, family, and colleagues to the “Priority Call Table” in the GV Jack table. Once they are added, you can put a check in the “Priority Calls Only” dashboard box, and only those callers will ring through. When you don't want to be bothered logging into the dashboard, you can dial *64 on your phone to turn on Priority Callers Only, and *84 to turn it off again. Priority callers will always ring through with a unique ring to alert you of a potentially important call coming through. This unique ring for priority callers will always occur, whether you've checked “Priority Calls Only” or not.

Do You Despise Call Waiting (Just a Little)?

Call Waiting and Call Waiting Caller ID
If you're on a call when another call comes in, you'll hear a short beep every 10 seconds. You can accept the incoming call by pressing your phone's “Flash” button. If your phone is capable, GV Jack will put Caller ID information on your phone's display to help you decide whether to take that second call.

Temporarily turn off Call Waiting (Pro version)
Call waiting can be a blessing or a bane. You may not want to miss an important call, and Call Waiting is just the ticket to ensure you don't. On the other hand, you may tire of having a conversation interrupted because other callers are constantly trying to ring through. You can just dial *70 to cancel Call Waiting during an important call. As soon as you hang up, your Call Waiting service is restored.

Permanently turn off Call Waiting (Pro version)
If your distaste for Call Waiting runs a little deeper, you can turn it off permanently. Just put a check in the “Call Waiting” check box, and the service will be suspended until you clear the check box.

Priority Call Waiting (Pro version)
When someone calls from a number you've added to your Priority Call Table, you'll hear a unique call waiting tone. You might want to take this call!

Speed Dial

Call Up to 10,000 of Your Closest Friends – Quickly! (Pro version)
Speed dial table for GV Jack
Do you have a lot of friends and family, or even a few favorite bill collectors? Then this feature in GV Jack was designed with you in mind. You can add up to 10,000 speed dial
numbers in the dashboard, then dial a number (0 to 9999), followed by the # key. GV Jack will take care of the rest. When anyone on your speed dial list calls you, GV Jack will put their name and number in your Caller ID display. Mind you, GV Jack can't work magic – your Caller ID display has to be capable of showing both names and numbers.

Speed Dial for Extensions, PIN Numbers, & Account Numbers (Pro version)
When you add a comma to a speed dial phone number, it causes the dialer to pause for 3 seconds. This allows automated equipment to pick up your speed dialed call and prepare to receive a PIN number, extension, account number, or other keypad input – all automatically. Easy just got easier!

Local 7 Digit Dialing (Pro version)
While this feature is not truly speed dial, but it does make life simpler. If you're making a local call (within your own area code), you can dial just the 7 digit phone number. Save wear and tear on your manicure!

Caller ID Enhancements

Display Your Caller's Name and Number, or Their Location
GV Jack sends the Caller ID information to your phone's display, including the caller's name and number. If you've added the caller's name to the GV Jack Pro speed dial list, that name will be the one displayed on your Caller ID. When the caller's name isn't available, the caller's location (state or country) is shown.

… Even Announcing You Your Caller's Name & Number (Pro version)
GV Jack (Pro) uses the Microsoft Text-to-Speach capability to announce your caller's name and number. You don't even have to see the CallerID display to decide whether to answer or not.

Caller ID Name Reverse Number Lookup
You can make use of a national database to look up caller names, based on their phone number. The service works for US and Canadian numbers. The downside is that it costs $0.01 per call; the choice is yours.

 Forwarding Your Calls

Call forwarding assistant for GV JackCall Forwarding Makes It Easy for Callers to Find You (Pro version)
GV Jack makes it easy to forward calls to another phone number. In the Call Forwarding Assistant, enter the number where your callers can reach you, and click the “Enable” button. GVJack also gives you the option to enable or disable call forwarding from your phone. Dialing *72 enables the feature, and *73 disables it.

Some Old School Features You May Remember

Voice Mail and Voice Mail Indicator
Like many other phone systems, GV Jack provides voice mail through Google's phone service. It does not send the voice mail to your email as magicJack does, however. If you have voice mail, you'll hear a stutter in the dial tone when you pick up the phone. To access the voice mail system, you can dial your own phone number or click on “Voice Mail” in the local menu which appears when you right click on the GV Jack icon in the toolbar. If you have the Pro version,  dial *98 on your phone's dial pad for quick access to your voicemail. The Pro version also alerts you to a new voice mail or SMS text message by putting a small balloon message on your screen.

Redial Last Number Called or the Last Caller's Number (Pro version)
If you elect to try the Pro version, you can dial *66 to redial the last number you dialed, or dial *69 to return a call to the last person who called your phone.

GV Jack gives you control over the look and feel of the soft phone window on your computer. For example, the Pro version allows you to cause a small window to appear when a new call arrives. Either the Standard or the Pro version allow you to display the browser window  during a call, and automatically minimize it when the call terminates.

Note that with VoIP phones (telephones that allow conversations over the Internet), you cannot take emergency 911 service for granted. You have to sign up for 911 service (at about $1 per month), or make use of a local public safety answering point (PSAPs). If you elect to use PSAPs, you should consider putting those numbers in the speed dial table of GV Jack Pro.

GV Jack offers several other features, but now you have a good idea of the plugin's capabilities. Home phone service – free home phone service – doesn't get too much better than this!

 

Questions or Comments?

Do you have a question or comment about using GV Jack with your used or expired magicJack? 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.

 

11 Comments

  1. How can you make JV jack work if your magic jack is plugged in to the router directly ? Is there a work around to enable these nice features ?

    1. Author

      Sadly, the plugin only works if your magicJack is plugged into a Windows XP or Windows 7 computer David. I set up a thinclient running XP to take advantage of the features. It only uses about 20 watts, it’s tiny, and its completely silent – so I decided to run with it. Even a little 7″ netbook will work – as long as it has a USB port.

      Good luck with it!

      Dennis

  2. I am trying to purchase the plug In thingy and the very short cord. I cant find it on their websight. I have the Magic Jack Go. Can you help me find one.

    1. Author

      Hi Marty-
      I’m not sure what a plug in thingy is – are you referring to the magicJack Go itself? If you are just trying to find the short USB cord, have a look at the USB 2.0 cord sold on Amazon. It should do the trick if you don’t have the short magicJack cord.
      If I didn’t understand your question correctly, post another comment and I’ll take another crack at it!
      Dennis

  3. Is the Down load of the Pro version Only good for one Desktop Computer ??

     

    1. Author

      Hi Malvin –
      The Pro version is linked to the magicJack you’re using, not to the computer. If you move your magicJack to another computer and install the Pro version on that computer, it will work there as well. The only caveat is that if you’ve customized MagicFeatures with phone numbers for your call blocker list, priority callers list, etc., you’ll have to re-enter those numbers and settings in the new computer. All else should be well!
      Dennis

  4. Hi Dennis
    First Thanks for your reply .
    I have my original magicjack dongle that is Silver in color I want to use it and the software for Google voice will this work ??
    & Thanks in advance Dennis for all my question .

    1. Author

      Its good to hear from another longtime magicJack user Malvin – I have several versions of magicJack, but the original (silver) magicJack is the one I’ve been using for many years. I bought MagicFeatures and use it with the original magicJack for my landline.
      I have a second magicJack (Plus) that has an expired subscription. I use it with GVJack and Google Voice occasionally. GVJack lets you make free calls with a magicJack dongle – take a look at the GVJack web page here (if you haven’t already).
      Please note that both MagicFeatures and GVJack are tied to their specific magicJack dongle though. I can’t use GVJack with the original (silver) magicJack, nor can I use MagicFeatures with the magicJack Plus.
      To the best of my knowledge, GVJack will work with the original silver magicJacks though – just not my silver magicJack. *chuckle*
      Let me know how it works out? Thanks!
      Dennis

  5. Got the The Pro version but I still can not make calls out . I am done with tiring to make it work . I feel as  this software is just as problematic as other software when it comes to google voice I have spent good money in total with the OBi202 crap plus this  The Pro version stuff and still can not make calls or receive them . I am sure you will delete this post but I will copy it and paste it Until you let it Up

    1. Author

      Hi Malvin – take a breath! You’ve sent 3 comments in one day:

        At 1:28pm you indicated you couldn’t sign in
        At 4:29pm and in this comment (at 6:18pm) you indicate you can’t make calls or receive calls.

      *sigh* I need a clue here. Could you clarify the problem? What operating system are you using? Do you get a dial tone when you simply pick up the phone and activate it, but prior to dialing? When you begin dialing, does the dial tone persist?
      Please keep in mind that I’m just a magicJack user (who also enjoys MagicFeatures) – one who helps other magicJack users when I’m able. Go easy on me! We jumped in the car to do some visiting over Thanksgiving, and this is the first I’ve hopped back on the site to check for comments.
      Perhaps it’s time to ease back on the caffeine?
      Dennis

  6. I am running windows 7 Yes went through got the phone test done have a Dial tone the test made the phone ring but could not call out or call in went through the trouble shooting the best I could according to the support page but still could not make calls out or receive calls. Want to add signing into was a pain page would blink really fast but got that figured out then could not set anything up
    from their on and yes I am using my very first magic jack dongle that is silver in color and it did work when I up graded to the plus .

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