Magic Jack is not a traditional phone, it is a VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) phone service. VOIP is also referred to as IP telephony, Internet telephony, voice over broadband, broadband telephony, and broadband phone. When you buy the service, you receive a special USB device to plug into a USB port on your computer that optimizes voice transmission through the internet. When first plugged in, it will download software so that your computer is ready for you to start making free local and long distance calls using your high-speed internet connection. You must have DSL, broadband, cable internet, wirelss, WiMax or FIOS to use Magic Jack, as it is not configured to work with dial-up internet connections.
The great thing about Magic Jack is that you can use any regular land-line phone for making your calls. No worries about buying headsets or wondering if your computer sound is good enough. The sound on my computer totally sucks, I bought a cheap laptop when my old computer died on me suddenly and I needed a new computer NOW. So if I have good sound quality on my computer, you should have it on yours also. Your computer is just a conduit for the phone service line.
Any landline phone will do as long as it is a single-line phone. You may use a cordless telephone or one with a cord. Currently, I use a phone with an answering machine but I don’t need to use the answering machine part as the free voice mail you get with Magic Jack works very well. It will even send you an email when you have a new voice mail message. But I did check and if you prefer to use a phone with an answering machine, you may do so. A phone with a caller ID display will also work with your Magic Jack service.