Has anyone had any experience with a device called a Majic Jack that is used to make international calls?
Betsy, I have majic jack. It is not necessarily for international calls. While they can be made by paying additional fees, some numbers are not available. I found it excellent for calling back to the US. With a wifi connection, calls to the US are local calls, your home computer to wherever you are calling. Betsy, I take back the part about blocked numbers; that related to my cell phone.
With Magic Jack don't you need to have a computer for the connection, or a cabled connection to the Internet? That adds a bit of complexity to its use as a phone alternative. If you are taking a laptop anyway, then it may be a good choice. There are other options that use the Internet to route calls, too.
I have a Magic Jack here in London. We use it for our friends and family to call us here. It is connected to our laptop. I would not take it traveling with me - I use Skype or FaceTime for that.
For home use, it is connected to the computer. You don't take the jack itself to travel. Presumably you have a pad or mobile devise. You get the majicjack app to the devise and all you need is an internet connection. Works great.
Thanks so much for the feedback. I do believe there is a Majic Jack Plus? that can be used for calls without a computer. Apparantly there is a device to attach to your ipad. We will be contacting Majic Jack to see if that is indeed workable. Appreciate all of your comments.
I don't understand why in 2013 when Skype calls are so easy and incredibly cheap and have a really good iOS app, why would people want to use a piece of hardware. Skype calls from my iPhone 4s are as easy as normal calls, the voice quality is as good, and you can have video if you like. I have nothing against the hardware maybe at home, but not on the road. Back in the day, several years ago, I used to carry a microphone and headphones for Skype calls and put up with the dropped lines and echos, but now that Skype has moved their tech on and the superior app I just carry my phone.
Heartily agree with Nigel.