A Free Phone? GVJack Has You Covered
The internet search giant Google has offered a free telephony service called Google Voice since March of 2009. Many believe that the service will remain free, and GVJack combines that free service with magicJack – even an expired magicJack! This is as close to a free lunch as it gets. For under $30 you can set up your home phone service, and not pay a penny more as the years go by. Your home phone includes free calls to US and Canadian phone numbers (including Alaska and Hawaii), as well as a host of other advanced features.
Why am I mentioning Google on a website devoted to Magic Jack? Simply put, you can now make use of a new plugin called GVJack which allows you to make use of new, used, or expired Magic Jack dongles to make free phone calls to US and Canadian phone numbers – with no annual phone charge!
As long as you have an active magicJack account, you can switch easily between Google Voice and MagicJack. That means you don't need to worry about burning the magicJack bridge behind you when you experiment with Google Voice. GVJack works with Windows based machines, but sadly won't work with Intel based Macs. It may work with Parallels on a Mac, but it's probably less expensive to install it on a thinclient.
GVJack provides some additional benefits which are not available to users of MagicJack's phone service. For example, MagicJack users cannot call anywhere in the state of Alaska or Hawaii due to high termination fees associated with those calls. Similarly, MagicJack users cannot call many rural numbers in the US mainland – for the same reason. Those using GVJack do not have similar limitations – they are able to make calls to nearly any US or Canadian phone number for free. GVJack also lets you make a conventional 3-way phone call, which MagicJack customers are unable to do.
Don't get me wrong – GVJack isn't free. The Pro version costs $19.95, but it's a one time purchase – there is no monthly or annual fee. As long as Google Voice remains free, your home phone service is also free – completely free! This is not a second class phone system.
I do think this little app is cheap at twice the price, but I do want to disclose that I’m an affiliate seller for GVJack and earn $3 or $4 on each sale. If you feel the app can make your life a little simpler, click on this GVJack link and you'll be able to download the little beauty and begin using it to brighten your day too.
Do you have a question or comment about how to use 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.