Last year, I began a year-long experiment to see if I could add minutes and save money to our phone expenses by using a Magic Jack Plus. This device plugs into my computer and I can make phone calls using my internet connection. I use a regular phone for those calls.
I tried placing a call last night, and heard a message telling me my service had expired. It would have been nice to get an email reminder or something so there wasn’t a lapse, but no worries — I’m not renewing anyway.
While cheap ($69/year for the device + one year, and $30/year afterward), the quality was so hit-or-miss that it’s not worth it to me.
The calls dropped fairly often, and eerily enough, as we were already starting to wrap up our phone conversation anyway. I don’t think that someone was actually listening in, but ya never know (with any kind of phone technology).
Sometimes there was static or feedback.
I don’t want a standard phone landline. I don’t want all the telemarketing, and I don’t want the higher monthly bill. So we’re going to stick to our two cell phones for now and if we need to make adjustments later, we can.
Ya get what you pay for, I guess.