MagicJack Alternativesby D. Wright
MagicJack is a service that allows users to connect their regular telephone to their computer via the computer's USB port. The service allows users to make phone calls to anywhere in North America for one small fee. However, many individuals may not be happy with the service and may want to find a similar service elsewhere.
Sipgate is a German-based Voice over IP (VoIP) service that is available in Austria, the U.K. and the U.S. Calls between Sipgate users and calls to landlines and cell phones in the U.S. are free. However, calls to various countries outside the U.S. are not free, and their prices vary. Sipgate is completely web-based, meaning that you can take the service with you wherever you go.
Ooma is a VoIP based company in the U.S. that allows users to make free phone calls to any landline or cell phone within the country for a fee of only $3.50 per month. International calls are not free, and prices vary. In addition, users can make 911 calls. Available features include voicemail, caller ID and call-waiting.
For $8.25 per month, customers of this service can have unlimited calling time to any phone number in the U.S. and Canada and can have 60 free minutes of international calling per month to a pre-selected number of destinations. As with other services, international calling rates differ; however, they are competitive and cheaper than those of a regular telephone service.