Dec 9, 2008, 11:41 AM
Post #21 of 57
Dr. Mike, I was totally unaware you were an MJ user. You cracked me up and I’m still kind of chuckling over you saying that someone said MJ was like a Volkswagen Beetle and your take came back, yes, "Like a very old Volkswagen Beetle".
Re: [drmike] Magic Jack vs. Skype - cell phones
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I’ve never tried Skype, Vonage nor Via Talk but based on what’s been said, they sound middle class and/or better, in performance. Incidentally, did MJ send out replacements on their dime and did it take long to get them south?
My house is full of phones, to many really. What I did was tapped into one of the lines on a dual lined phone base, which feeds 4 wireless dual line phones, so the hours my wife spends talking to relatives back east will now be gratis. The one line tapped into still rings on its own number because there are other hard-wired landlines in the house with that same number, which in essence bypasses the MJ hookup.
The next effort will be to try to send a fax through MJ just to see how effective it is, I’ll keep you posted.
The only reservation about Skype, Vonage or Via Talk is based on something I haven’t heard anyone volunteer, is about WiFi access at home or on the road at various WiFi facilitators. If the answer is yes, while traveling, how is this done? Searched Skype’s website but couldn’t find it.
On another front, as you and probably all of us have probably seen advertised are these extremely multifaceted apple “I Phones” touting kinds of communication, games, text messaging and much more, well, all of which, for me, is a bit much with such tiny keys and my bad eyesight.
At Costco, recently they’ve had on display a standard, tiny WiFi computer by Acer. The reason I mention this is because it’s 9.8” X 6.7” X 1.1” size is not only compact and weighs a measly 2.3 lbs but aside its portability the keyboard is so much more available then punching those tiny cell phone keys while text messaging, which I don’t.
This little baby, packs allot of muscle in such a small portable package and the icing on the cake is its internal internet WiFi accessibility. It comes with a 160 gig HD, and much more, at just a little more in price than the new revised apple “I Phones.” Costco’s "online" Christmas reduced price is $379.00 with their standard two year warranty. Now all of the above is only available online, it comes with the 6 cell battery, as opposed to the 3 cell battery, plus a 160 gig HD, as opposed to a 120 gig HD, if "not" purchased off the shelf at Costco. It touts the six cell at 5 hours of battery life, yea, we'll see....
The intention is to carry this little baby within your personal carry-on bag when traveling and if needed just plug in Magic Jack when needed to make calls without having to lug around the heavier and more cumbersome laptops. My son, who is in college mentioned that many pack these mini computers in their bags and use the word processor and or hook up the microphone to record lectures.
Yes, I ordered one, why, for one, proper sized portability and muscle goes a long way. In addition to being able to use MJ while on the run, I can also upload copious camera photos as a safeguard should something happen to my camera. And, how can I forget, Internet access.
Enough, I’m beginning to sound like a kid again playing with his newly found erector set……..boy, does that date me…..
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(This post was edited by Oscar2 on Dec 9, 2008, 11:50 AM)