So I Got A Magic Jack

magic jack phone adapter

Times are tough so everyone is looking for a way to save money. I am no different. We have had very inexpensive internet phone service for years through Voicpulse. The price was great at $15/mo, and the service was outstanding, but I would rather pay $20 per year than $15 per month.

My sister had a friend who owned a Magic Jack but never used it so she asked her if we could borrow it. We picked it up one evening and brought it home. I am the tech savvy one in the family, but before I even got a chance to install it my wife had plugged it in and had it working within minutes. I was pretty impressed.

We’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I have to say the call quality is perfect. I don’t really care for the software that comes with it but I am going to remedy that. The software pops up a window every time you use the phone or when someone calls. I have found a way to suppress that, but what’s even better is I have found a way to get the sip credentials from the software so I can input those into my Pap2 phone adapter and use that. This will allow me to not always have the computer on (It’s always on anyway.) and still be able to use the phone, but it will also allow me to do some custom things that will fix a few things that bug me about the Magic Jack. For example, you can’t do 7 digit dialing with the Magic Jack (with their software). So every time you call someone in your area code you still have to dial the area code too.

One thing that concerns me is the company’s business plan. Is this company gonna rake in all the money it can by selling cheap phone service and when it stops making a profit decide to file for bankruptcy? I hope not but they have been around for a few years, so maybe they will do something to build customer confidence in that area.

All in all I am really pleased with the service and that’s why I am recommending it to anyone looking to save some money. This product can be a 100% replacement for your home phone service.

Update: I got my sip credentials using a program called Magic Jack Utilities. I then entered those sip credentials into my PAP2-NA (same thing as a Vonage Phone Adapter). I had to reset my PAP2-NA to factory defaults, but after that it registered and worked fine. I setup a custom dialing plan so that I don’t have to enter my area code for local calls anymore. It sounds great, and works great too. Reply to this post if you have any questions.

Update #2: You will also need to give your PAP2 phone adapter an IP address (take it off DHCP). After that you need to forward ports 5060-5070 in your router to the IP address you gave your Pap2.

Update #3: Magic Jack made some changes which disabled the use of an ATA/Pap2 and I was out of service for a month. Well, I had to use the USB Dongle for a month. However I recently found a workaround that someone posted up and I am able to use my Pap2 again. Read the comments for instructions.

Posted on February 19, 2009
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121 Responses to “So I Got A Magic Jack”

  1. BeaA on July 16th, 2009 12:53 am

    trai, jim,
    i use pap2 adapter but the only way i get dial tone is by setting Register Expire to “0” instead of 3600. if i use 3600, i get Registration State: Can’t connect to login server

    however by setting (Register Expire to 0), i get a busy signals when i tried making calls and when i call my mj number it goes directly to my voice mail.

    any thougnts on this one?

  2. Jim on July 16th, 2009 8:23 am

    Jim, Trai,
    No sorry I only had issues with my D-Link DPH-541. because it is also made by D-link you may want to try the setting I used to get my wireless voip phone to work.
    SIP Account Name: whatever_u_want
    Phone Number: EXXXXXXXXXX01 (=Authentication ID)
    Authentication ID: can leave empty
    Authentication Password: ********************
    SIP Domain: talk4free.com
    Proxy Address=proxy01.yourcity.talk4free.com, Port=5070
    Outbound Address: can leave empty
    Local Port: 5070
    Register Timer(sec): 180
    Codec: Auto
    Pkt Time(ms): Default
    OutofBand DTMF: On

  3. BeaA on July 16th, 2009 3:14 pm

    @jim
    i really appreciate your help but those settings you gave me is completely different from my PAP2 sttings.

    trai,
    can you help with my last question?

  4. Jim on July 16th, 2009 4:22 pm

    No, sorry Trai, I know nothing about the pap2. If I could see someone getting it to work, I would probably get one….Good Luck

  5. BeaA on July 17th, 2009 11:08 am

    trai,
    any help on this?

    i use pap2 adapter but the only way i get dial tone is by setting Register Expire to “0″ instead of 3600. if i use 3600, i get Registration State: Can’t connect to login server

    however by setting (Register Expire to 0), i get a busy signals when i tried making calls and when i call my mj number it goes directly to my voice mail.

    thank so much
    -bea

  6. Trai Davenport on July 18th, 2009 12:05 am

    BeaA,

    It’s not really registering. It never has time to register at 0. Magic Jack has disabled the ability to use a PAP2 unless you do the workarounds I posted above. All those options involve running a proxy server that your Pap2 will connect through (either on your computer or your router).

    I guess I need to write a new post explaining this, but if you will follow those links it is explained better than I could do it in those threads.

  7. BeaA on July 23rd, 2009 5:15 pm

    anyone here uses google voice? is there a way to setup this with pap2t?

  8. Sam on July 30th, 2009 12:34 pm

    @DaveM.. Can you please post the SIPXXXX.CNF file or provide a link. Thanks

  9. Trai Davenport on August 3rd, 2009 11:55 pm

    Well, still up and running. Working good.

  10. Lee on September 26th, 2009 3:20 pm

    Hi Trai,
    I am not able to retrieve the MJ SIP info by using the Stroths MJ suite v1.6. Have you or anyone else using different method to retrieve the MJ SIP info? I try to use the SIP Sorcery that you mentioned above but I am not able to make out going or incoming call. I don’t know because my SIP Password had been changed or not.
    Thanks for all your helps.
    Lee

  11. Lwding on December 5th, 2009 12:52 pm

    There is no way to get the password using the utilities.
    Does anyone knows how to actually get the password?
    Lwding

  12. EL_GATO on December 14th, 2009 1:03 am

    wyse wt9450xe good price 45.00$$
    no need sip goodddddd

  13. EL_GATO on December 14th, 2009 1:17 am

    12 volt
    10 volt good configuration.
    I have one wyse / /two magicjack diferet number (631)+(516) is exlent…

  14. meshia on December 18th, 2009 9:42 am

    Does anyone know if magicjack will work with Avaya IP agent?

  15. Ranch on December 31st, 2009 1:53 am
  16. Josh on January 5th, 2010 10:27 am

    hi everyone,
    I got my pap2 up and working.. only problem I’m seeing is every so often when I receive a call it makes a fax noise on the callers end.. is anyone else having this problem?

  17. beth on April 9th, 2010 12:35 am

    hi, does anyone here had any experience of a loud buzzing sound on pap2t-na on phone1? the phone2 works fine when i moved the settings.

    i get a loud buzzing sound when i pickup an incoming or making calls on my cellphone or from any lan line.

  18. Rebecca on May 22nd, 2010 6:41 am

    Hello! I am looking to buy the PAP2T thing and magic jack. How hard is this to hook up for a novice computer person?

  19. Chris on June 25th, 2010 9:10 am

    is there anyway too get a step by tutorial on setting this up on an unlocked SPA2102-R on factory default settings

  20. Skicrazer on August 10th, 2010 8:46 pm

    Beth, I also am getting very bad buzzing, and my wife has said I am breaking up at times, that with over 400Kbps on the uplink (!). I searched their FAQ’s and they have a pdf with some ideas to fix the problem. Plugging into another USB port is the easiest, followed by a different phone. The third solution was to give priority to background processes instead of programs on the PC through system properties settings. … Anyway, search on audio quality and you’ll find it.

    About the different USB solution – they say to not use it on a USB hub, and I was thinking that the different usb ports on the PC may also provide different performance due to interference from various PC components. Anyway, worth a try.

  21. Carlos on October 31st, 2010 8:46 pm

    Does this still work on PAP2T devices?

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