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    Magic Jack

    has anyone used the magic jack (computer telephone system) "on the road?" we use it at home (via our cable connected desktop pc) and it works quite well. just was not sure how it might work in a campground setting.
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    I suppose it would work the same way. I don't have one (Magic Jack) but I'm guessing the Internet is the same no matter how you connect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim & Harriet View Post
    has anyone used the magic jack (computer telephone system) "on the road?" we use it at home (via our cable connected desktop pc) and it works quite well. just was not sure how it might work in a campground setting.
    It'll work...but, you won't be happy with it. Because there is no echo cancelation or echo suppression, you will get everything you say back in your ear. It's because of the inherent delay in the circuit. There's a couple of other reasons too...but, no point in bringing them up.

    Save youself some frustration, buy a cell phone. The Magic Jack is not a satisfactory solution to you long distance needs via satellite.

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    If you don't want to go into a long term contract with a cell phone, get a "Tracfone". You buy the minutes that you use and no monthly fees. We have been using one as a second phone for several years and have been very happy with it. Check it out here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpmorgan37 View Post
    If you don't want to go into a long term contract with a cell phone, get a "Tracfone". You buy the minutes that you use and no monthly fees. We have been using one as a second phone for several years and have been very happy with it. Check it out here.

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    We used Net10 throughout the winter... similar to Tracfone.

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    magic jack

    thanks for all your help.
    i should have been a bit clearer. we do use tracfone. it works quite well everywhere. but at home we use the magic jack for local and long distance calls. it works well for us. occasionally an echo, but otherwise, for the price, it has been worth the $$$.
    i was just trying to conserve the trac-minutes by using the magic jack when we were at campgrounds. guess we will just have to try it.
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    Sounds like you have all the bases covered. If you are at a campground with (decent) WIFI, your Magic Jack should work just like at home. Enjoy your camping.

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    thanks

    thanks for the help jp,
    someday we would like our camping map to look as well-covered as yours!
    safe travels...
    J & H (and M)
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    Been using a MJ for a couple of months now in different midwest CG's. It works fine as long as the internet connection is at least 128k up and down. Any slower you will get echos. For the most part I have been pretty happy with it, saves cell minutes for me. I would not use it as a primary phone though.

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    you are using the magicjack the same way we plan to use ours. glad to know is seems to work for you.
    J & H (and M)
    Jim, Harriet and Max (the RV terrier)
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