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MagicJack femtocell, iPad and mobile apps due soon

updated 10:00 am EDT, Fri July 23, 2010

MagicJack femtocell due at wireless provider

The promised MagicJack femtocell is due to arrive later this year, but it has now been revealed that it will be sold at an unnamed wireless provider. The device will allow users to tie it into compatible cellphones to route calls over the Internet and therefore save callers from using up their cellphone minutes.

The most likely wireless carrier to sell the femtocell is a prepaid one, or a smaller provider, and not giants such as AT&T or Verizon.

Another new revelation is that there will be MagicJack apps for the iPad, iPhone, Android and Blackberry platforms, with a new softphone service due later this summer. This will enable Skype-like services and a global customer base. Thus far, MagicJack needs landlines and is only sold in North America.

Pricing for the upcoming femtocell hasn't been revealed, but it will be much less than $200. [via BusinessInsider]






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  1. ElectroTech

    Junior Member

    Joined: Nov 2008

    +1

    Have you ever used MagicJack?

    I have used MJ a few times over the last 3 years with poor result. They have proved to be unreliable and drop calls constantly. They don't boot up properly frequently and I have spent many hours on support calls and repairing the set up. I used them on the latest MacBook and a Windows box with poor success.

    I have doubts that this product will be any better.

  1. barryjaylevine

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 2003

    +1

    comment title

    I bought a MagicJack at the local CompUSA (so I could return it easily if it didn't work properly). I plugged it into an old Dell POS laptop running a clean install of XP Pro (fully updated). The MJ automatically downloaded its software and fired right up. Registration was painless. It works flawlessly except for one thing: I can't fax through it. However, I knew the warnings about this before I bought it so I wasn't truly disappointed (although it would be nice...).

    No support issues (because it just works perfectly). If anyone is having problems using this device on a newer Windows box running Vista or W7, I'd respectfully suggest they scrounge up an old PC with Ethernet and USB and do a fresh install of XP Pro, leave off anything else (except AVG Free or ClamAV), and let the MJ do its thing.

  1. JuanGuapo

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2008

    +1

    Love mine.

    I just renewed after my initial year, no issues.

    I've been landline free for almost two years now.... I use my cell phone a lot but this helps save minutes for long phone calls (ie. customer service calls, family, etc.)

  1. Inkling

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Jul 2006

    +1

    Almost happy with MagicJack

    I got MagicJack when I shifted my T-Moblie service to prepay and I've been quite happy with the money I'm saving. I take calls on my cell phone and call them back via MagicJack if the conversation will be a long one. And I make most outgoing calls via MagicJack. The combination gives me good phone service with unlimited US long distance for less than $10 a month.

    My only gripe is that MagicJack doesn't play well with Google Voice, so my plans to let my GV number become my public number, with GV ringing both my MJ and T-Mobile phones, had to be put on hold. If MJ isn't up and running, all calls to it (and thus all incoming calls), would instantly be grabbed by MJ's voice mail. Strangely, there's no way to turn voice mail off. That won't work. I need my T-Mobile to ring in those case and I'd rather all voice mail be handled by GV. MagicJack keeps promising to let us disable voice mail, but it has yet to happen.

    Running MJ on my iPhone touch where WiFi is available might prove handy if it is done right and 'done right' would include having one number work (at the same time) with both the USB dongle and an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. I have three numbers already. I don't want another.



  1. macnixer

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2006

    +1

    Love my MagicJack

    It works great and even saved me tons of $$$ when traveling. Their support is great. What more do you want for $20 a year? The voice quality is not an issue for me. If someone has issues, please chat with their reps. They are very helping.


    Look forward to MJ on my iPhone.

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