A couple of years ago or more, a neat little device called MagicJack was introduced for only $19.95 a year for phone service! Great deal, right? Well, a little more than a year ago, MagicJack decided to block ALL free conference calling services, such as FreeConferenceCall.com and others and of course, Talkshoe got thrown into this mix. After many futile e-mails and robotic chats with their “tech support staff”, MagicJack refuses to remove the block so that Talkshoe users who are MagicJack customers, can use the Talkshoe system with their low cost phone service. If a MagicJack customer tries to call Talkshoe or any one of many free conference calling services, they are told that they must use the MagicJack Conference Service and cannot use these others. So, Talkshoe had setup some work around phone numbers and of course, it didn’t take MagicJack long before they blocked these numbers too.
A MagicJack Alternative was suggested that will actually cost less for some people and may cost a few dollars more (for the equipment) however, this alternative will allow you to call ANYONE using your home phone or cordless phone and still call out over the Internet, just like what MagicJack is allowing right now.
Here’s the alternative in a nutshell:
You will need to purchase the Skype Out subscription (runs $36.00 US per year)
You will need to purchase the Skype In subscription (optional and only needed for an incoming phone number)(runs an additional $30.00 US per year…or more depending on other Skype features offered at the time of purchase)
You will need to purchase a Skype USB Phone Adapter (runs $25.00 US and up…to hook your home phone into)
And then setup the software and drivers and you will be ready to go.
This alternative setup will work for most PC’s, but not sure about Mac’s, so check the details and specs of the Skype USB Phone Adapter BEFORE you purchase it!
There are multiple adapters available, so you will have a choice. Be aware that NONE of these have been tested personally and I am strictly going by the specs. I will be setting up a Skype setup myself and once completed, will let you know what hardware I ended up with.
Here are some direct links to what you will need for Skype:
The following are Skype USB Phone Adapters. You will need only one and there are several to choose from.
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