Turn Your iPod, iPad or Tablet into a VOI Phone using a magicJack . August 2014 . Vol. 20 No. 8

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Turn Your iPod, iPad or Tablet into a VOI Phone using a magicJack

By Howard Berenbon

If you own a Magic Jack or Magic Jack Plus, the inexpensive device for making voice calls over the Internet via your high speed Internet connection,  then you need to know about their magicApp.  It’s an free add on program that works with most mobile phones (iPhone or Android), the Apple iPod Touch 5th Generation, iPad or tablet allowing you to make phone calls via your existing Magic Jack phone number over any WiFi Internet connection.   If you own any tablet or iPod Touch 4th or 5th Generation , this is an exceptional app to download because it turns that portable device into a voice over Internet telephone.  I discovered this new app after my magicJack updated near the end of July, and I noticed the WIFI 3G box on its main menu.  I wouldn’t have noticed if the new menu wasn’t so large, since the old one was one third the size, so I had to find out more.  When I searched the net for WIFI magicJack, the magicApp popped up, and it was a free download.  I was amazed, because I realized if the app worked, it would turn my iPod Touch 5th Generation into a full-featured WIFI iPhone but without the monthly fees.  Of course, I would be using it through my , magicJack phone number which already had a fee, but it was only a yearly fee, not monthly which allows unlimited calls in the US and Canada.  I was really excited to download that app.

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Once I found the app, it downloaded quickly. The set up was simple, requiring entry of your magicJack phone number, and then it directed you to log in to your magicJack account and enable the mobile feature for your magicJack number so it could sync the phone number to the iPod. Luckily, I had my magicJack login, so it was a quick installation.  Then I ran the magicApp and it was amazing: my magicJack phone number was listed along with a phone keypad. I dialed my very first call, the numbers beeped on entry. And as expected, the number I dialed was ringing. Then a familiar voice answered and I said," Hey David, I'm calling you from my iPod."

He said, "What are you talking about?" Then I explained. David is my best friend who moved from Detroit to Montrose, Colorado several years ago, but we stay in touch via the Internet, mainly Skype. We talked for an hour without problems, gossiping and some tech talk. My new free phone app was a success and I was very happy.

After ending the call, an error was displayed advising to me to enable notifications on my device. This was required to allow the magicApp to ring for incoming calls. I normally keep notifications off to conserve battery use, but in this case it made sense. It did not affect dialing out, though.  After I enabled notification in for this app, the error disappeared.

For more information or to download the app visit the Apple App Store or Googleplay for your Android Device.

To order the MagicJack Plus ($55.99), which connects directly to your cable modem (originally connected to a USB port) visit Amazon.com.


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