It’s been a week after my magicJack purchase and after a very long blogging hibernation for some odd reason, I finally felt the need to write again. Some of you may have heard of magicJack or are already using the product and I hope you’re happy with it. Well, I wasn’t very pleased when I tried it out for the very first time but eventually figured out how to make it work the way I expected it to.
Although magicJack PLUS is already out in the market, I just bought the regular magicJack – shiny silver model that requires a computer for making and receiving calls. Its cheaper and I prefer using their softphone/dialer with a headset so I can enhance the audio and multitask (listening to some funky mix??) while working on my PC.
I tried attaching a regular handset to it, a loud VTech phone to be precise, which I consider damaging to my ears because every time I use it for calling local numbers I have to turn the handset volume down but when used with magicJack at maximum volume, the audio quality was very poor. It’s like talking to cockroaches, really. So here’s what I did to put my magicJack to good use:
- The packaging comes with a useless USB extension cord. After all, it has a tag that says: “It is not necessary to use this USB extension cord.” so do NOT ever use that cord. Plug in your shiny magicJack directly to one of the USB ports at the back or side of your computer. Do NOT plug it into a hub. Your magicJack must have a dedicated USB port in your computer.
- My precious Philips SHM6105 USB headset, which has worked perfectly with Skype and RingCentral, was not good enough for magicJack. Even after turning the volume up in all places, the sound was unbelievably low. I got so frustrated that I grabbed an old Logitech Precision PC Gaming Headset and plugged it into the existing Philips USB adapter and poof! Sound check.
- Fix choppy conversations by switching to Air Card (3G) mode. The warnings can be intimidating but fear not my friend. Hit that Air Card button at the upper left portion of the dialer and hear the difference.
- Set the priority level to Above Normal or High. To gain understanding of this action, read: How to Change Process Priorities in Windows Task Manager.
- Don’t set your expectations too high. magicJack is a cheap solution for home VoIP outside the U.S. territory so we cannot expect it to perform like Skype or any other VoIP services. For instance, what you’re getting for $30/year out of magicJack would cost over $120 on Skype.
Setting up a home VoIP system with your own U.S. number is a big plus for home based professionals. Employers nowadays prefer contractors who have passable, if not excellent resources to meet the job demands. This is just one of the essential investments that a successful freelancer must have. Perhaps one of the downsides of working remotely as a home based employee if you want to look at it that way but tell you what: at the end of the day, it is we who deviated from the usual office life reaping dollars in our homeland. Standby for my next post (and hope that it’s within the next 3 months!) ~ Make Money Online with NinaRPedia