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magicJack promises super-simple VoIP

updated 09:10 am EST, Fri March 9, 2007

magicJack VoIP Adapter

Telecom vet Dan Borislow today filled in early details of the magicJack, his similarly-titled company's new adapter and service hybrid. The goal is to simplify VoIP to the point where almost anyone can use it, the firm claims. Once subscribed, the only setup needed is plugging the adapter into a USB port and any analog phone into the adapter: the device automatically installs and configures itself within a minute and is ready to use from then onwards. It currently supports only Windows but will be followed by a Mac version.

As with most voice over IP, the advantage is low-cost calling. Reaching other magicJack users is free regardless of where they live, the company says, but differs from Skype in pricing. Instead of charging for every call to a real-world number, a $20 subscription ensures that every call in North America and parts of Europe is free. The initial device should cost between $30 and $40. A beta test has started today and will lead to an official launch in April. [via GigaOM]



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  1. docsharp76

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    VOIP Provider

    A resource for VOIP is at http://www.1-satellite-tv-facts.com

  1. Guest

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    Like paying for ads?

    Amazing how many users are willing to accept adware programs, especially when they have to PAY for those programs. Read their terms of service policy, section 11, Advertisements. Their magicPage software that must run on your host is adware. Oh joy, you get to pay for spam.

  1. SunnyT

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    Buyer beware!

    The magic Jack may be more at non-magic c***! I have one and it has multiple difficulties (ringing repeatedly for no reason in the early morning-grrr-not letting me dial out, etc. and Customer Service is basically non-existent. Chats with something (says live, but does not respond like live, or maybe with someone who does not speak English, not sure which) that do not respond to your questions and no phone numbers. You are just stuck with it.

  1. SunnyT

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    Buyer beware!

    The magic Jack may be more at non-magic c***! I have one and it has multiple difficulties (ringing repeatedly for no reason in the early morning-grrr-not letting me dial out, etc. and Customer Service is basically non-existent. Chats with something (says live, but does not respond like live, or maybe with someone who does not speak English, not sure which) that do not respond to your questions and no phone numbers. You are just stuck with it. It comes with essentially nothing, and no instructs, etc. They would like it to be basic and work that way, unfortunately it is far from that...if I had it to do over again, I would not buy it.

  1. Guest

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    lets get Real !!!

    Everyone wants to knock it but you tell me where for $19 a year you can dial anyone in the uS in less then a min??? I had sunrocket for a while and it was horrible compared to the sound quality of this unit. I use the h*** out of my unit and have had minimal problems. I think the majority of the problems is user error as this is the easiest device I have ever used. You don't like it okay go crawling to the land line's and cellular and pay that $25-$75 a month or more... I think these boys have a winner everyone can hate on it but for my $20 BUCKS a YEAR...I'm laughing all the way to the bank... THANKS MAGIC JACK $40 with a free year of service YOU RULE.... YEAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

  1. Guest

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    LOVE IT

    I agree $19 a year and the ease of usage. Cummon it's a no brainer... they are hitting hard and watch the tidal wave of this product as it is going to swarm the mainstream. I LOVE IT! I will admit I have had one or two times it did not come right up for me when inserting the USB interface. But after my one firmware update haven't had a problem since. I know of at least 14 others that have just joined the band wagon and they love it too.

  1. Guest

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    Magic Jack

    At first, One computer had problems but I have two computers, Second one took and installed fine, Little faige on help with what the terms and wording meant, Tried looking for what it meant, Was not easy to find out out, So I hit except, Still don't understand what it meant, Maybe good or bad I don't know, Be nice if they have help explain each options meant. With that said, I had no problem, What was weird it not have area code as mine. Seams to work great, I hope this works for then more then a year, skeptical of buying more then one year, with economics being way it is, wonder if any one can be same owner next year, and then all contracts none and voided. But I give this this thumbs up now.

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  1. Guest

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    NICE

    kool

  1. Guest

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    MAGICJACK DON'T WORK

    NUMEROUS PROBLEMS... I HAVE HELP WITH SOME PROBLEMS... STILL DON'T WORK

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  1. Guest

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    M J'S NONWORKABLE FIX

    THIS IS WHAT OCCURES WHENL YOU ARE LED TO BELIEVE A RESONABLE PRICE FOR A RESONABLE SERVICE MY BE TRUE. NOT!. THIS PRODUCT WORKS FINE FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS THEN THE REAL PROBLEMS START. FIRST NO SERVICE AND YOU STAY ON YOUR COMPUTER TRYING TO GET SOMEONE THAT CAN UNDERSTAND ENGLISH. WHEN YOU THINK THAT HAS HAPPENED, IT WILL BLOW ON YOU AND YOU NEVER GET SATISFACTION. I HOPE NONE OF YOU WERE STUPID ENOUGH TO BUY THE FIVE YEAR PLAN. YOU WILL BE LUCKY TO HAVE IT FIVE MONTHS. THEN GOOD LUCK TRYING TO GET IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE. DID IT EVER OCCURE TO ANY ONE WHY A TELEPHONE PROVIDER DOES NOT HAVE A NUMBER?

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