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Travel Now
by Ihla Crowley
Drifter Sister

Another Way To Keep In Touch

My friends who live part time in France and part time in Boulder City recently brought to my attention a really inexpensive and practical means of communicating with home while traveling abroad. It’s called Magic Jack.

Magic Jack’s, I must admit, rather hokey TV ads claim that you can make unlimited calls (even long-distance) for just $19.99 a year. Seems too good to be true. In fact, I was reluctant to try it until my friends convinced me that it really works.

Although I have found this to be a great way to make long distance calls here in the States, my primary reason for purchasing it is to use while traveling, because calls using the Magic Jack to any US number, or from the US to the Magic Jack number, are free. That’s right, FREE. Magic Jack will assign you a phone number and all calls to and from US phone numbers are considered local. My friend in France makes calls to my landline, and I call her using my landline to her Magic Jack number, and neither of us are charged a thing.

I will now have a way for people on my tours (in Europe and other foreign countries – all but a few are covered) to keep in touch with loved ones at home, using just my Netbook and microphone headset.

The initial cost of the Magic Jack is $19.99, and then it’s an additional $19.99 a year (cheaper if you sign up for multiple years). You will need a computer, a wireless connection, and a phone (or microphone headset). You can purchase a Magic Jack at Radio Shack, and many other retail stores. Check it out at, or at a retailer where they are sold.

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