Surely you remember the MagicJack. It was a little device you plugged into the USB port of your computer and it gave you phone service, over a decade ago. Over the years it evolved – the MagicJack+, the MagicJack2014, the MagicJack app, and the MagicJack go.
I got it 10 years go as an office phone. I thought for the price, $99 for 5 years, I couldn’t lose. And I never have. I’ve found it only gets more flexible. My first magicjack was the original unit that just plugged into the computer and the phone. Now that I can can plug it directly to the router, it’s become even more powerful.
I have found it to be the most cost effective device because it has kept working. If I didn’t want to go the router-route my original see-through computer-only MagicJack would be fine. It still hooks up via USB so I can take it with me and use it on the road with my laptop – and have my office phone anywhere I go!
I keep both a regular analog phone and a nice cordless phone available for the MagicJack. The Cordless is nice because the base station sits at my desk and has speakerphone, allowing me to make calls, sit on hold, and be productive – all the luxuries of the office phone at a fraction of the cost – $99.75 for 5 years, that’s $1.66 per month!
In the era where our cell phones are everything, this is especially helpful when I need my cell phone for other things, when it’s sitting on the charger, or I need to troubleshoot it (never call from the phone you need help fixing!).
You can find out more about the MagicJack here. This is one of my best kept secrets – the $1.66 a month deskphone plan! If you need a phone to go with it, Goodwill and other thrift stores are a great place to get something under $5, even a cordless! But to maximize it, make sure it has a speakerphone. That will help you get the most out of the MagicJack in your office!