I am sure at least some of you have heard about the Magic Jack VoIP service. In fact, I would be willing to say that several of you have actually used the Magic Jack
device. I needed an extra phone line about a year ago so I decided I would give Magic Jack a try. I live in a very rural area, but have fairly decent high speed internet service through DSL. I was actually really excited to have Magic Jack as a new edition to my phone service, as it was an extremely cheap solution for an extra phone line.
However, to my dismay it did not work very well at all. I tried setting it up on several different computers and tried to follow the directions to the letter, but still had no luck. Now, to be fair I had tried other VoIP services with my rural high speed broadband connection before without a great deal of luck, but most of them would work well enough to carry on a conversation. They just did not permit me to have the greatest call quality. However, I was really not able to have a conversation with Magic Jack at all. It seemed to have a great deal of lag time between words.
In Magic Jack’s defense I have heard of several people that have had a great deal of success with the device. I can’t help but to think that my problem may have had something to do with my rural broadband internet service. Not that my internet was that slow. It’s just that many people that live in rural areas, if they are on DSL, are at or near the very end of the connection line. Therefore the signal transmission has a little bit further to travel than it often would have for people in a heavily populated area. This concept is often referred to as latency. So, those of you who have used Magic Jack, how do you think it does with rural broadband?