MagicJack dials out, but then, it does not ring.
Despite MagicJack's sales hype, it DOES NOT work with all phones. In particular, it will not ring phones with DECT 6.0 chipsets (internal electronic guts) from certain manufacturers. This includes an ATT name-brand phone that I returned because it wouldn't ring, as well as a Motorola name-brand L402C (manufactured by Binatone) that I bought to replace it. Both phones recognized that a call was coming in, and caller ID even showed the caller's number. But the chipset that triggers the ringer and the answering machine doesn't recognize the ring signal, so the phones won't ring or take messages. This is NOT a power issue and a USB booster will NOT help in this case. According to techies on other websites, the MagicJack outputs a 50 volt 20 Hz pulsed D.C. ring signal. Most phones (especially crappy old phones) are happy with that. But the aforementioned state-of-the-art DECT phones will apparently recognize only the standard 40-to-90 volt sine-wave A.C. ringer signal that phone companies have used forever. So the only thing that I can add to MagicJack's advice, "try a different phone," is, "try a crappy old phone." Until they publish a list of phones that will/will not work (as if they even give a s**t enough about their customers to do that), that's probably the best advice.
Nov 03, 2009 |