updated 04:00 pm EDT, Tue April 21, 2009
Femtocell magicJack coming
The magicJack, a VoIP telephony device first introduced in 2007, is about to get a number of upgrades, according to a Tuesday Laptopmag report. The timeliest of these, number porting, is expected to arrive within the next 60 days, according to magicJack inventor Dan Borislow. The most requested feature from customers, it will allow users to transfer existing numbers to current and future devices.
Next up, the new and existing devices will get Linux compatibility sometime in the third quarter of 2009, and sometime between then and the first quarter of 2010, a new magicJack model will use femtocell technology that will allow users to port GSM cellphone calls through the device. This will not only improve call quality or give them a signal indoors, but also save minutes on their plans. The technology will use a portion of the cellular phone spectrum. Borislow says the device will be slightly bigger than the current magicJack and only slightly more expensive. To alleviate worries during emergency calls, it will have a revamped 911 system that uses triangulation to plot a current location.
Finally, a downloadable application for mobile phones and usable with the magicJack service is rumored, though no specifics about it is known.
The low-cost device is compatible with Windows PCs and Macs, and is bundled with one year of service and is priced at $40.