Follow these simple but important instructions and stay safe. If in any doubt you can safely extinguish a fire such as this, never put yourself in any danger.
Get out and stay out. Call the Fire Service (911, 112, or 999 depending on your location).
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As I’ve mentioned before I’m a gadget geek, but only if I find the gadget both useful, and value for money. I’ve already written about this gadget in my tech blog over at http://ian.may.name but it’s just such a cool gadget and saves so much money, that I had to mention it in here for the benifit of a wider audience. You see, if I find some cool money saving thing I want to share it with everyone!
I’m talking about the Magic Jack.
You go to their web site, and order one. They don’t even charge your card for 30 days, and if you don’t like it and send it back within that time, any calls you’ve made with it are free anyway.
It costs $39.99 plus about $6 shipping.
When it arrives you have to register it at the web site, and get yourself a phone number. Now, at the moment every US code isn’t covered, but they do say they are adding more all the time, and will allow one number change free of charge when your area code becomes available.
I’ve got Grand Central set up, with is a Google-run phone routing service, and you can get almost any code with them. They’re a free service, and you can add all your phone numbers into Grand Central and let it take care of the routing. To that end you can choose any area code you like on your Magic Jack.
Once you’ve registered your Magic Jack you can use it right away to make telephone calls. It comes with free voicemail, call forwarding, and 911 service. You can plug it in anywhere. You can also use it with a headset plugged into your computer, so if you wish you can take it to the office with you and use it there, either with a phone, or with a headset.
For your $39.99 you get one years unlimited calls to anywhere in the US and Canada. You can also add money to your account and make really inexpensive international calls. For example, you can call England land lines for around 2 cents a minute.
We’ve got one installed now at home, and plugged the cordless base station into it, so it works with all the phones around the house.
We’ve also replaced our fax line with My Fax at $10 a month so saved a packet (excuse the pun).
Here’s the math.
Vonage was costing us around $76 a month for a voice line, a fax line, a Virtual UK number, and a 800 number.
We seldom used the 800 number. Most folks have some kind of bulk long distance calling these days anyway. We bought a SkypeIn UK number for $24 for a year.
We signed up for the MyFax service for ten bucks a month. It works with your email, so less ink and paper too! $120 a year.
Magic Jack costs $19.99 a year for the phone service.
That’s a new current yearly total of $163.99
Vonage was costing $76.25 a month, and that works out at $915 a year.
Doing the math: 915 -163.99 = a saving of $751.01 a year or just over $62 a month!
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