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Heard of Magic Jack ?

April 22nd, 2009

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.

 

magic-jackWant 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!    

  1. David G.
    December 2nd, 2009 at 10:51 | #1

    You are correct, unless you try to use a headset with 1/8″ jacks on a Mac. I’ve tried at least 3 sets. Do you know of an over-the-head set with one earpiece and boom mike that will work with an iMac (Intel)?

    A standard telephone with RJ9 works fine, but is not practical for all day use.

    My Overture PC Headset works great with my Windows laptop, but with the Mac….zip, apparently because the Mac does not have a built-in pre-amp.

  2. December 2nd, 2009 at 14:56 | #2

    Sometimes you just have to get an interface to make a headset work on MAC, such as the “imic” by Griffin Technologies.

    http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/imic

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