magicJack, the VoIP service that offers free calls to users in the U.S. and Canada, has released an iPhone app. magicJack hit the App Store this week and lets users make free calls to numbers in the U.S. and Canada and to other magicJack users anywhere in the world at no charge.
magicJack joins a number of other free VoIP calling apps in the App Store, including Skype, Viber (review), netTALK (review) and others. Refreshingly, magicJack does not require you to create a log-in before you can start making those free phone calls, offering you the option to skip account creation altogether and go right to the dialer. You can go back later and choose to create an account to get voicemail and a designated magicJack phone number, which you’ll need if you want to receive calls through magicJack without using minutes on your cell phone plan (at least in the U.S. where incoming calls count against your plan).
I made a quick test call with magicJack while connected to a Wi-Fi network and it was crystal clear on both ends. You can also use magicJack while connected to a 3G network as well. Amusingly, the app’s description states that either WiFi or a “4G network” are recommended. Are they in an alternate reality where the iPhone has 4G capability? (I know, it’s probably just a typo or error by someone in their marketing department who doesn’t know that there’s no 4G-capable iPhone yet.)
Personally, I rarely use my iPhone to actually make calls and I have more rollover minutes from AT&T than you can shake a stick at but if you are on a limited plan where minutes are precious, magicJack can at least help you make calls to others for free without dipping into your plan.