Good Overseas Travel calling plan – Using MagicJack to call back home

I will stay in China for a while and have to contact back to my family and co-workers. Using traditional phone plans is not a good idea, I know China Telecomm is overcharging international calls as much as they can. I am glad that I can install a broadband at home here very quickly and cheap (RMB 660 like $90 for a whole year), and glad that I brought my MagicJack with me as well.

After the Internet broadband installation, the first thing I did was to connect the MagicJack to my Laptop’s USB connection, and let the Jack automatically run the software installation. Since this MagicJack has been registered and activated by me in USA before, the whole installation process here is very simple. The only holdup is the downloading time due to the bandwidth from the ISP I am using.

After the completion of installing MagicJack software, I heard the dial tone when I plug a normal phone set to the MagicJack. And I dialed a USA phone number, and I heard the phone on the other side ringing. Then I asked my family test from USA, they just dial a local number (I registered for my MagicJack) and the phone connecting to MagicJack ring. I pick it up and then I can talk to them in North America for free from China now. (Of course, I already paid $19 a year for the MagicJack)

43 thoughts on “Good Overseas Travel calling plan – Using MagicJack to call back home

  1. Leo


    Never knew you are back in hometown. Why not drop me a message?

    Just have a nice trip… 😀


    WebGuru replied on March 30th, 2008:

    Yes, I have been in China for a while. These days too busy to contact friends. How are you, in school now?


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  3. Tom

    So if I am going to be in CHina for several weeks and I am staying at good hotels with internet access can I simply take my magicJack with me, hook up to my laptop and call home to cell phone? Do major hotels in China offer free hi speed internet?


    WebGuru replied on August 4th, 2008:

    Yes, you can bring MagicJack with you and call from China to your US phone just like calling local phones here.

    But I am not sure about the high speed internet availability in major hotels in China thought. (always stay in relative or Friend’s places when being back to China)


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  5. Samir

    Hey Friend

    I am Egyptian living in Egypt using Magic Jack….. it was realy nice from you to share with us the informations, with people like you. our days are happier

    God bless your life and thoughts


  6. Adel

    I have a Magic jack and Now I sent it to my wifes family that lives in Egypt. So far it has been pretty damn good and we can talk for free and my wife at least she can call me while she is visting her family there. I love it and it is worth it.


  7. vanessa

    I am in China right now, and i forgot to bring my magic jack, do you know where i could purchase one here in Shanghai, China? I really hope i can get one, international calling is way to expensive!
    Thank you!


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  9. Dee

    AAh I hope to go to teach in China and was wondering about the cheapest method to get in touch with relatives.

    Thanks for this.


  10. John

    All hotels have internet access – most for free! The only ones you have to pay for the internet are the high dollar 5 star hotels (Ritz, Hyatt, Sheraton, etc.) which with the quality of most 3 and 4 star hotels in China a 5 star is a waste of money. Magic jack works fine in hotels. Skype works even better.


  11. ahmed

    I have alot of family members in the west bank. i was wondering if anyone knows if i could take the magic jack over there. install it with a palestinian number. than bring it back to the US, and use it to call them. it will be like a palestine number calling another Palestine number.


  12. joe

    how about the land line in china, how much is that and are the phones the same . can a cell phone be used with MJ?>


  13. joe

    why did you take my question off? in china do you have to use their land line or can you use a cell phone. how much are landline phones usage fees


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