After CES I was pretty fired up about the possibility of a femtocell magicJack – a gadget to potentially route some of our cellular voice commutations over the Internet, thereby saving carrier minutes. The technical details were murky, but the concept seemed compelling. So I reached out to magicJack’s PR team and insisted they get one out to me, even if only in prototype form, to dig deeper. As it turns out, we experienced a bit of miscommunication and I ened up in possession of the traditional magicJack. Our goof is your gain.
As a refresher… MagicJack is a small USB doohickey, which works with both Windows and OS X, that allows you to make unlimited calls to the US and Canada. You’ll also be issued a phone number, with an area code of your choosing, to receive calls. A typical/traditional phone can be plugged directly into the magicJack (get it? magic jack) or the software can be used Skype-like with a headset. $40 gets you magicJack and a year of service; additional years of connectivity run $20/each. (Of course, this particular unit will cost one lucky ZNF reader nothing.) The company seems to be on a tear – the PC Mag Editors’ Choice has moved over 5 million units. Although, not without experiencing some growing pains.
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