Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > TV/internet/telephone
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 20.06.2012, 07:36
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Zürich
Posts: 67
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 45 Times in 20 Posts
mf_holly has made some interesting contributions
Has anyone used Magic Jack to call U.S.?

Has anyone used Magic Jack to call the U.S. from Switzerland? Just wondering how well it worked for you. I am moving to Switzerland from the U.S. soon and wondering whether I should purchase a Magic Jack to bring with me.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 20.06.2012, 07:39
Nil's Avatar
Nil Nil is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Basel
Posts: 10,221
Groaned at 398 Times in 314 Posts
Thanked 14,257 Times in 5,649 Posts
Nil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond reputeNil has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Has anyone used Magic Jack to call U.S.?

It is useless! Connection is very bad and irregular. I have Vonage since I left Canada 8 years ago and it is incredible, it is like my parents were next door.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Nil for this useful post:
  #3  
Old 20.06.2012, 08:21
justswiss's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Baden
Posts: 216
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 194 Times in 78 Posts
justswiss is considered knowledgeablejustswiss is considered knowledgeablejustswiss is considered knowledgeable
Re: Has anyone used Magic Jack to call U.S.?

Quote:
View Post
It is useless! Connection is very bad and irregular. I have Vonage since I left Canada 8 years ago and it is incredible, it is like my parents were next door.
How do you get a Vonage connection in Switzerland? Would you mind sharing the details please? I would love to take one myself
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 20.06.2012, 08:25
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Zürich
Posts: 67
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 45 Times in 20 Posts
mf_holly has made some interesting contributions
Re: Has anyone used Magic Jack to call U.S.?

Yes, pls share the Vonage how-to details. I checked their web page and it looks like it costs $26/month (after the first 3 months). If you don't mind my asking, is that what you're paying? It seems pricey to me.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 20.06.2012, 08:31
anowheels's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Not Zurich
Posts: 1,084
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 668 Times in 401 Posts
anowheels has an excellent reputationanowheels has an excellent reputationanowheels has an excellent reputationanowheels has an excellent reputation
Re: Has anyone used Magic Jack to call U.S.?

I have a google voice number (https://www.google.com/voice) that I then use to call the US (similar to Skype). I can use it through my computer, or I also have an app on my iPhone (Talkatone) that lets me call through the phone. It's VOIP, so occassionally, there are delays/garbles, but it mostly works well and is free.

Quote:
View Post
Yes, pls share the Vonage how-to details. I checked their web page and it looks like it costs $26/month (after the first 3 months). If you don't mind my asking, is that what you're paying? It seems pricey to me.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 20.06.2012, 08:51
JamesAG's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Schliengen, Germany
Posts: 243
Groaned at 6 Times in 4 Posts
Thanked 301 Times in 119 Posts
JamesAG has an excellent reputationJamesAG has an excellent reputationJamesAG has an excellent reputationJamesAG has an excellent reputation
Re: Has anyone used Magic Jack to call U.S.?

+1 - Skype or Google Voice. If you have a SmartPhone and access to WiFi (even free WiFi at McDonalds or Starbucks), you can make international calls for just pennies per minute.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 20.06.2012, 08:52
Textoch's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Texas, USA (formerly Vaud, CH)
Posts: 1,103
Groaned at 19 Times in 18 Posts
Thanked 2,463 Times in 800 Posts
Textoch has a reputation beyond reputeTextoch has a reputation beyond reputeTextoch has a reputation beyond reputeTextoch has a reputation beyond reputeTextoch has a reputation beyond reputeTextoch has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Has anyone used Magic Jack to call U.S.?

I agree with Nil on Vonage. I have had a Vonage number since moving to Switzerland from the US, and I have been highly satisfied with it.

In order to obtain the Vonage phone, I simply called Vonage (info at www.vonage.com) when I would have normally called the local landline phone company to arrange for line disconnection when I moved out of my home in the US. I was able to keep my old landline number. I paid for the equipment from Vonage, received it via mail, and all was set. I would encourage you to make sure your bandwidth speed is high enough in order to assure quality performance.

The only downside is the occasional call from a local or state politician during elections season, which usually comes in around midnight or 1 a.m. here in Switzerland.

Incidentally, you can also have a pretty good time telling a US sales caller that you are interested in carpet cleaning or an alarm system, giving them a four-digit postal code and seeing what they say.
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank Textoch for this useful post:
Reply

Tags
international calls, telephone for free




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Has anyone ever used the Post to send boxes for moving? jttraveller Housing in general 0 19.04.2012 13:58
Has anyone used a product from Monsoon Multimedia to remotely watch TV? awj TV/internet/telephone 3 12.12.2010 21:12
Anyone has used EU Medical Benefits Card to pay for hospital bills in Switzerland? cookie143 Family matters/health 1 07.05.2010 00:28


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 22:34.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0