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Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: cassie
Date: January 21, 2010 12:17AM
We are thinking of doing the 30 day free trial with MagicJack. I have a 6 mb DSL connection and an intel-Mac.

We will use it primarily to make long distance calls to family members that would otherwise use up our cell minutes. My mom talks over an hour a night.

Keeping the computer on to receive unexpected calls will be annoying. However, we can turn on the computer after we get home since most calls will be outgoing.

My concern is...is MagicJack just some clever way to for some somebody somewhere to access info on our computer???

Thanks,

cassie


PS: Any experiences and/or tips for Magic Jack?

BTW: We will still keep our land line because it will most likely still work when cell phones won't...9/11...Haiti...
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Re: Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: Ken Sp.
Date: January 21, 2010 12:25AM
If you get an incoming call while the computer is off, it goes to voicemail that you can have emailed to automatically with audio attached.

For incoming calls, just have them call you land line.

ALTERNATIVE
Get a Google Voice account, and initiate the call from your computer, it will ring your home phone (treated as an incoming free call) and you get free calls in the US and Canada.

[www.google.com]
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Re: Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: Lee3
Date: January 21, 2010 01:35AM
Google voice- you can get a phone number with the same area code of the people that call you the most- so it won't cost them anything to call you. It doesn't cost anything to call them either.



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Re: Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: davester
Date: January 21, 2010 02:01AM
Yes, not only is magic jack hacking your mac, but there is a conspiracy to invade and destroy your life as you know it. Trust no one.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: RonT
Date: January 21, 2010 08:34AM
davester, what gets into people such as you. Cassie asked a legitimate question. If you don't know the answer to it why not take the opportunity to butt out. Your snide response added nothing and helped no one.
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Re: Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 21, 2010 08:34AM
I thought the Magic Jack was one of those things truckers use on long trips - and plug into the lighter. No?



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Re: davester
Posted by: cassie
Date: January 21, 2010 08:46AM
I can't even trust what you say. How do I know you are even real? And I think someone is watching as I type.

But seriously, what about the possibility that MagicJack just some clever way to for some somebody somewhere to access info on our computers? Or for that matter, some of the other phone options that use one's computer?

More and more people are dropping land line service (A mistake imho.) Therefore, the upsurge in personal computers with alternatives opens the gate for who knows what as far as security is concerned.

I'm not saying it happening, just asking if it's possible?
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Re: davester
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 21, 2010 10:14AM
It could be just a device to see who is doing what to the porn they are looking at.

Sort of like Market Research - and then we'll see the MagicJack II --- which will be a USB device
just like the one the truckers use, powered by the extra volts sent by the subscriber porn sites!

If that isn't the real purpose, then I'm fscking brilliant!



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Re: Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: January 21, 2010 11:14AM
Dropping landlines is definitely not a mistake. They are expensive and as a great example of their "reliability", my mother fought with Verizon for a year to get them to repair their lines. In that time she lost DSL and had very flakey home phone service. During that same year, two of her three neighbors also had intermittent landline issues.

After transferring her home phone service to Comcast, Verizon kept billing her for the old landline.


Nathan
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Re: Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: January 21, 2010 11:15AM
RonT,
davester's answer was quite clear, if sarcastic -- "No".


Nathan
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Re: Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 21, 2010 11:22AM
We got a Google voice number, and now all our US long distance calls are FREE!!!

It works great, is free, requires no hardware or software, and it works even when your computer is off. What's not to love?





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: silvarios and rgP
Posted by: cassie
Date: January 21, 2010 12:34PM
Understand about Verizon landlines...sounds like a billing problem and a service problem.

Still, most land lines will still operate when Cell phones don't. So all of us in our extended family have kept them (W/minimum service) for that just in case scenario.

Although davester might be correct about MagicJack not hacking, does anyone know for sure and if so, can they back that fact up?

Lastly, rgP, I went to Google voice and found that I had to be invited. Never really found out how I can use the service to originate free calls.



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Re: silvarios and rgP
Posted by: silvarios
Date: January 21, 2010 01:01PM
The year of bad service was most certainly not a billing problem. The phone line was so bad that DSL would not work, and the actual landline was hit or miss. Terrible service.

Two of my mom's immediate neighbors also had intermittent problems on their land line. There's only maybe 8 people on the same street. 3 out of 8 is pretty bad.

Since you brought up trust. The telcos have, on record mind you, admitted to granting unfettered warrant-less access to your records.

Healthy skepticism is good, but in what world are the telcos the paragon for trustworthiness.


Nathan
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Re: Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: cassie
Date: January 21, 2010 01:44PM
What you say is true, but I'm not worried about the telcos as we don't make calls that would be suspect...unless 1984 was really here. Instead extremist Islamic terrorism is here.

However, perhaps someone via way of the telcos could garner info that could be detrimental to unsuspecting customers.

Anyway, maybe my Magic Jack question could be the basis of a movie.big grin smiley
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Re: silvarios and rgP
Posted by: rz
Date: January 21, 2010 02:20PM
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cassie

Lastly, rgP, I went to Google voice and found that I had to be invited. Never really found out how I can use the service to originate free calls.

Using Google Voice to make free long distance calls is easy (and awesome!):

You sign up for a number in your local area. Once you get it, you go into your account and associate with your home number. Once you do that, from your home phone you call your GV number. You enter your PIN. Then you select menu option 2. Then you dial the long distance number and the pound key. You'll then hear a voice saying "This is a free call". Then it connects. Sound quality is outstanding. I haven't paid for a long distance call in over six months.

You can PM me if you need a GV invite. Or, you can go to their site and request an account. I did that, and it only took a couple of weeks for them to give it to me.
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Re: Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: S.Taylor
Date: January 21, 2010 04:09PM
It seems like the Magic Jack has been around for what, maybe a year and a half? Many many people are pretty diligent (or paranoid- you choose) about their data hygiene, and I suspect that if there were anything fishy going on, we would have heard about it by now. Of course, there's nothing to prevent them from slipping something into the very next update, but that's true of any of the software that you run, including (and maybe especially) the operating system.

I personally do all my correspondence in invisible ink - a quill dipped in lemon juice - to prevent anyone discovering my personal information, so you will have to hold this post up to a flame before you can read it.



This remote controlled tree is a must for the person who wants to be on the cutting edge of Christmas technology.
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Re: Is Magic Jack just a clever way to hack our Mac?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 21, 2010 05:04PM
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S.Taylor
I personally do all my correspondence in invisible ink - a quill dipped in lemon juice - to prevent anyone discovering my personal information, so you will have to hold this post up to a flame before you can read it.


You definitely sound like a potential user of the MagicJack II !!!



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