Originally Posted by Tspringer
Skype is goner...as is Vonage. Check this out:
Magic Jack. Its a tiny little gizmo that plugs into a USB port. Then you plug
any regular telephone into the gizmo, and use the phone
like normal. Its $19 per year for free calls, outbound and inbound anywhere inside the US and Canada
. They give you a local phone number with 911 service
, voicemail, call forwarding... all the toys and such. For international calls there are charges but its very cheap
compared to anything else I have seen. Calls from the Bahamas
back to the states are $0.08 per minute.
Ok, let me see if I have this right. My options are:
1) I'm in the US or Canada
, at a marina, and plugged into a landline phone that I found (... somewhere)
2) Cell phone
outside the US). Range about 12 miles offshore
(to say nothing about data packages for GRIBs, etc)
3) Skype or some other VOIP program which is frequently available at internet
cafes and compliments a cell phone
I bought one and have been using it. It works and sounds just like any regular land line. It has a bandwidth footprint supposedly much smaller than Skype or Vonage.
Well, good. I hope it works well and fulfills your needs. Out of interest, will it also send files, send SMS text messages?