Update 8/15/2013: New update to Talk Free android app. Tell us if it’s compatible in the comments here!
Update 7/31/2013: If you have Android JellyBean 4.2. Don’t upgrade to 4.3 unless you want to lose Talk Free app capability. Wait until magicJack updates the app. (See most recent comments as of this update.)
One iOS app user posted that it became available on August 29, 2012. It’s called Talk Free. So far it has a rating of almost 5 stars on Google Play. Some users are finding it’s a bit of a battery hog. There are a couple threads on magicjacksupport.com, many of them suggesting it would be a very long time before we saw this app if ever. But it’s here. I’d love to hear people’s feedback on it. I’ve installed it myself today.
- You can use your existing magicJack number so that it costs nothing extra. I was not charged anything for the install. Apparently some iOS users have had problems with creating a new number for their app install.
- If you choose not to install a telephone number you get a magicJack number that allows you to make calls, but the number is not a POTS number, so you have to turn a few cartwheels to make calls. See this post to learn more.
- I have been able to make and receive calls. My Samsung Galaxy 5.0 Player acts just like a phone – no headphones required.
- When the mj+ rings in my home, my app doesn’t always also ring.
- The interface comes across as less laggy than the GrooveIP interface. Calls are clear and understandable.
- It’s very easy to check magicJack voice mail.
- It is a battery hog. I’d only had it installed for a few hours and my device is already down to 25% charge. I’ll try to confirm or deny as I continue to use it.
- It does not seem to recognize or call my on-device contacts even though the app lists them with telephone numbers available. Apparently I have no magicJack contacts. I can call using pad only.
More to come as I learn more about the app. Stay tuned!
Update 2013.01.19 – A link for the iOS version for iphone.