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redpepper

join:2009-09-05
reply to Choices

Re: Call Forwarding

If you decide you don't need your magicJack dongle anymore, please consider selling it on Ebay for use with the GVJack App + Google Voice.

User demand on Ebay is fairly high so you should be able to get a few bucks for it pretty fast without a problem.


ctceo
Premium
join:2001-04-26
South Bend, IN
It's a bummer the GVJack app is a tad bit more expensive then renewing your MJ for a year.


bitstopjoe

join:2009-08-02
Pen Argyl, PA
Let's see. GV app ( pro version) $19.95. MJ renewal 1 year $29.95. If you do the 5 year plan it drops to $19.95 a year for renewal.
Let me guess, you went to public school right??
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Joe Sica

redpepper

join:2009-09-05

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I'm not sure how you did your comparison either against magicJack's $29.95 annual renewal charge.

The GVJack App (standard version) for $12.95 + $0/Year would be the benchmark still with a slightly better overall feature set than magicJack provides including call forwarding that is provided for free by Google Voice.


ctceo
Premium
join:2001-04-26
South Bend, IN
Reviews:
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reply to bitstopjoe
I must correct myself. It cost me $19.95 to renew my mj for 1 year, and the gv soft costs $12.95 + Tax + Setup. So the difference is negligible. And for what it's worth, Google voice has been half as reliable or worse than the MJ service I've had for 4 years.

redpepper

join:2009-09-05

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You should double check your receipt if you renewed your magicJack recently.

Magicjack is definitely $29.95/year + regulatory fees unless you are really brave and renew for 5 years to get the lower rate. I just paid for an annual magicJack renewal last week and according to the receipt the grand total was $31.39.

The GVJack App (Standard Version) is a $12.95 online Internet sale and there are no taxes or setup fees added. Unless something changes Google Voice is $0.00/year.

It is a free market and I'm definitely not taking sides of Google Voice versus MagicJack. Personally, I use both magicJack and Google Voice and use Skype as a backup method of calling with my phone. That diversity keeps me pretty well covered.


ctceo
Premium
join:2001-04-26
South Bend, IN
Reviews:
·Virgin Mobile Br..
I was probably given a special promotion. I clicked the link on the softphone which said $19.95. Was forwarded to the checkout page, typed in all the credit card info and was charged $21.35 after sales tax of 7%.

As a challenge a friend of mine bought the GV phone to compare and was charged $18.81 after tax and setup fees.


Gork
Ou812ic

join:2001-10-06
Bountiful, UT
said by ctceo:

As a challenge a friend of mine bought the GV phone to compare and was charged $18.81 after tax and setup fees.

I'm not sure what you're referring to when you say "GV phone" but, as stated by others, the Google Voice service is currently free. I've been using it for several years, even back when it was Grand Central. I've never paid so much as a dime to use it. GVJack + GV =

As far as the MJ forwarding page being down, I have noticed their web page and/or parts of it go down frequently.


ctceo
Premium
join:2001-04-26
South Bend, IN
The service is free, yes, however the app is not!


Gork
Ou812ic

join:2001-10-06
Bountiful, UT
When you say "GV phone" I'm not sure what app you're referring to. If it's GVJack, PCPhonesoft has two price points for it, and both are a one-time charge. One is $13 and the other is $20. They often have special deals as well, posted prominently on their main page.

Also, "$18.81 after tax and setup fees" makes me think you might not be referring to the GVJack app? They have no setup fees. (I can't comment on tax.) You buy the program, download it and install it while your MJ dongle is plugged in. You link it to you Google Voice account and you're off to the races. I've never been aware of any setup fees.