Frugal Ramblings: Magic Jack Plus Review


Trying to stay on top of your budget including your utility bills takes work. From continually evaluating your services to making sure you don’t leave the lights on 24/7 – Hello Children! – you CAN make a difference in your utility bills if you try. We recently made a dent in our phone bill with the Magic Jack Plus.

Magic Jack Plus allows you to use a home phone over your high-speed internet connection rather than traditional phone lines. We’d been debating dropping our home phone service for several months and instead rely solely on our cell phones. I hated the idea of paying $25 a month for a basic phone line we rarely used. Peter wasn’t sure about not having any home phone service at all, so the Magic Jack Plus seemed like a perfect solution for both of us.

After buying the Magic Jack Plus device ($70 and includes your first year of service), you simply pay an annual fee of $30 a year for your home telephone.

Magic Jack Plus Review

Magic Jack Plus

Why I like the Magic Jack Plus

  • Magic Jack Plus can be used without having a computer turned on (an improvement from the previous Magic Jack).
  • It includes free local and long distance calls.
  • It also includes call waiting and voicemail.
  • The voicemail works even if the internet is turned off or the magic jack is unplugged.
  • Take your home phone with you when you travel for free calls (if you hotel has a high-speed internet connection).
  • You can call the US for free from other countries.
  • It includes free directory assistance (411 calls).
  • We will save at least $270 a year!

Things to consider

Magic Jack does allow you to port your old number for a fee. I opted for a brand new number to keep the service super frugal. 911 Emergency Services do work with the Magic Jack but you need to have a working broadband connection and power. Plus you must have activated and registered it with your home address. Less secure than a traditional home phone but in reality most modern home phones require electricity too. Plus we have our cell phones as a back up in case of an emergency.

You must dial the area code for all calls, even calls to your neighbor down the street. Always dialing 10 digits takes a little getting used to but it’s a great trade-off for a 90% savings off our annual phone bill!

Overall Magic Jack Plus Opinion

We’ve had the service for over a month with no complaints, I would definitely recommend checking it out if you are looking to save money on your home phone bill!

Bonus recommendation: My dad has been using it for a few years from Guatemala with no complaints!

Do you still have a traditional home phone?


Disclosure: I received a Magic Jack Plus for review purposes. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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