How We Saved $300 On Our Phone Bill By Using magicJack

by Pam on August 27, 2010

We recently switched our phone company in order to save money.  In the past we have used Vonage, and for quite a while it worked really well for us and it was inexpensive compared to other phone companies offering service in our area.  Unfortunately, as time went on we found that the quality of our phone connection deteriorated and we also started paying more for our monthly phone bill.

So, we decided to try out magicJack.  We bought the device at Future Shop for $55 including tax.  It is really easy to set up, as all you have to do is plug the device into a USB port on your computer.  (You need a broadband Internet connection to use the service.)  Then you can either just talk through your computer, or, you can connect the phone cord directly to your regular phone.  We found that we get a better quality connection using the phone, and of course, it’s way more convenient, too.  However, when we are on the road, if we bring our laptop along, we could technically use our phone service, too, as long as we have access to the Internet.  This means we wouldn’t have to use our cell phone and we could avoid expensive roaming charges.

In addition to buying the device, we paid $15.00 to set up a phone number.   We have eliminated our monthly phone bill and now we won’t have to pay another cent until next year.  The yearly cost of the phone service is $19.95 and we can make unlimited local and long distance calls to the U.S. and Canada whenever we want.

You can also use magicJack to make international calls, and the rates are very reasonable.  We have tried it and thankfully the connection is really good.  I must admit I was skeptical at first as I didn’t’ really think magicJack would work.  After all, you get what you pay for most of the time, however; in this case so far I am really impressed.  I guess sometimes even things that seem too cheap can turn out to work well.

My husband and I are all about saving money wherever possible so that we can spend our money on things that matter to us.  We know that every way we can save makes a big difference in the long run, and if we can save $300 a year or more on our phone bill, then that’s $300 we can put towards our travel fund.

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