Heard of Magic Jack ?
No, I’m not talking about some guy in your neighborhood… I’m refering to a little USB device that kinda looks like a flashdrive but it has an RJ11 phone jack that will let you use a standard telephone through your computer. So basically, you would unplug your phone from the wall jack and plug it into this device. This is just another way of saving money on your phone bill, especially long distance charges, by talking over the internet.
Want to use a headset with this device ? Well it’s as easy as… Magic! (Top hats and rabbits are optional) You have a couple of different ways that you can connect a headset when using MagicJack. You can of course get a headset that will work with the phone that you are using with the device, or if you don’t want to use a regular telephone at all, you can get any headset that will plug into your computer because MagicJack also has… (wait for it…) TADA. A softphone! Now on a serious note, one thing that you may want to keep in mind when considering these “over the internet phone devices” is that some of them do not have to offer 911 services. Just something that you may want to verify for your area if you are thinking of getting one of these devices. Or, just be sure to have a “911 backup”.
So if you’re looking for an alternative to SKYPE or Vonage, MagicJack just may do the trick!