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What’s New With The New magicJack Plus 2014 VoIP Device?

After a great deal of anticipation from consumers about what VocalTec Communications was going to include in the upgrade to the magicJack Plus VoIP device, it has finally been released as the magicJack Plus 2014.

Features of the New magicJack Plus 2014

  • Free VoIP Local and Long Distance Calls
  • Free Calling to Anywhere in the United States from Overseas
  • Free local number provided
  • Option of choosing a vanity number  for an addition cost
  • Free Caller ID
  • Free Call Waiting
  • Free Voicemail
  • Free Directory Assistance
  • Special VoIP 911 Emergency Service Available
  • No Contract
  • No Cancellation Fees
  • No Monthly Phone Bills
  • No Credit Card or Billing Information Required
  • No Computer Required*

*Users will need Internet access to register their magicJack Plus 2014 device (This can be performed on a tablet, smartphone, or other Internet-accessible device)

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New Dimensions of the magicJack Plus 2014

Although very similar in size to the previous model of the magicJack Plus, the New magicJack Plus 2014 is slightly larger, and slightly heavier.  The extra weight is likely due to the device’s enhanced hardware that optimizes its capabilities to function as a stand-alone unit.  The device features 2 USB ports, Internet and phone ports (same as the previous model), and a micro SDIO port.  This SDIO port, which stands for Secure Digital Input Output, has been found on many types of electronic devices for several years.  Although there are numerous functions of the SDIO port, an SDIO port allows devices to interface to Wi-Fi.  Although the New magicJack 2014 is lacking Wi-Fi capability, the presence of the SDIO port indicates that the company likely has big plans to incorporate the capability into the company’s services in the near future.

Upgrades Found in the magicJack Plus 2014

Enhanced Sound Quality

Thanks to the innovation of an even better High Definition Voice technology, users of the magicJack Plus 2014 can expect to have even better sound quality than before.  Many have said that the New device provides the highest sound quality of any home or business VoIP device, and much better sound quality than what has traditionally been provided by standard home telephones.

Take Your Phone Number Anywhere

With the multiple functionalities of the New magicJack Plus 2014, users can take their home number with them wherever they go.  They no longer have to worry about making sure their calls are forwarded to a mobile phone, hotel, or relative’s home. If you own a business this means you can bring your business VoIP line anywhere in the world. By plugging the magicJack Plus 2014 device into their computer, they will have the ability to make and receive phone calls from anywhere.  This feature is ideal for individuals who travel frequently, as they can continue business as usual from hotels, their friends’ and family members’ homes, or even Europe.

 No Computer Required

The hardware that has been installed on the New magicJack Plus 2014 allows it to act as a completely stand-alone unit.  Rather than having to keep a computer turned on all the time, the device no longer requires a constant connection to a computer.  However, users should know that the registration of the device requires at least temporary access to an Internet connection.  However, the registration of the device can be accomplished with a tablet, smartphone, Blackberry, Windows Phone or any other electronic device that can connect to the Internet including the iPad and iPhone.

 Plug the magicJack Plus 2014 Into the Wall

The New magic Jack Plus 2014 can now plug directly into the wall, rather than into a modem, router, or computer.  This helps make the device easier than ever to access and set up.

Setting Up the magicJack Plus 2014

The new magicJack Plus 2014 is easier to set up than any other VoIP device that has been released.  There are just a few simple steps to follow, which can usually be accomplished in the matter of just a few minutes.  In fact, after the cables have been plugged into their appropriate ports, the longest part of the process is the registration of the device.  Steps for Setup for the device include:

  1. Plug the included Ethernet cord into the magicJack Plus 2014 unit into the Internet port.
  2. Plug the magicJack Plus 2014 unit into a power supply (when using it independently from a computer or router)
  3. Plug your phone’s cord into the magicJack Plus 2014 device, and into a standard home telephone.  The magicJack Plus 2014 will work with a corded, or a cordless telephone.
  4. Register the device on the company’s registration website at mjreg.com

*Note: Registering the device as an Upgrade may cause the previous magicJack Plus unit to deactivate, while also causing users to lose any call time that they may have previously paid for.  As a result, many beta testers recommend setting up the device as a “New Account.”

How Much Does the magicJack Plus 2014 Cost?

Much like previous models of the magicJack device, the New magicJack 2014 device will cost consumers about $59.99 initially. This includes the 2014 magicJack Plus Unit, a USB connector for use with a computer, an Ethernet cable, and a power cord.  This cost also includes the first 6 months of service.  After the 6 month period ends, the magicJack Plus 2014 service will cost consumers $29.95 per year.  However, as with previous models, VocalTec allows consumers to purchase five years in advance for a cost of only $19.95 per year. This is once again the lowest cost of any full service home or business VoIP device in the world.

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Vonage vs. magicJack Plus VoIP Home Phone Service

With so many efforts by so many people across the United States to try to save money, many people are discovering that one of the easiest ways to save money is by switching their home or business phone service from a standard telephone service provider, to one of the many VoIP phone service providers.  VoIP telephone service providers not only provide a phone service that is much less costly, allowing customers to save hundreds, or even thousands of dollars per year, but they also provide a phone service that is extremely easy to use and set up.

Two of the largest VoIP telephone service providers include magicJack and Vonage.  Each of these two companies provides their customers with the opportunity to get a reliable, inexpensive home and (in the case of Vonage) business phone service for a fraction of the cost of a traditional landline.  For consumers who are interested in which phone service will best meet their needs, we have outlined a few of the primary characteristics of the Vonage telephone services in the following paragraphs.

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Features

Much like the features provided by the magicJack Plus 2014, Vonage provides customers with a number of different features that are provided by standard home telephone service providers, as well as many features that are not provided by landline phone service providers.  Some of these features include:

  • Caller ID
  • Call Waiting
  • 3-Way Calling
  • Call Forwarding
  • Anonymous Call Block
  • Vonage Visual Voicemail: allows users to get their voicemail as a text, voice, or Email.
  • Other features that are only applicable to VoIP phone service providers:
  • No need for a computer
  • Keep your phone number
  • SimulRing: allows Vonage customers to receive phone calls on up to five different phones at the same time (including office, home, or mobile devices).
  • Compatible with fax machines (for $9.99 per month)
  • Phone call quality comparable to that of landline phone service providers, as well as mobile phone service providers
  • Phone service can be used from a mobile device: The Vonage Extensions App, like the magicJack app, is available for free download, allows Vonage customers to use their existing call plan to make and receive calls from their mobile device, using a Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G connection. This easy-to-use App allows you to import or export your existing contacts, making it one of the most convenient VoIP mobile apps yet.

Vonage App

The Vonage Extensions App is available with a variety of different mobile devices, including iOS devices like iPhone, as well as Android devices, and Blackberry

Make and receive calls during a power or internet outage: Unlike many other Voice Over Internet Protocol telephone service providers, Vonage customers can still make and receive calls even if their internet is out.  In order to do this, customers must first set up a Network availability number when they sign up.  During a power outage, calls will be forwarded to the mobile device number or landline that has been provided.  This is one feature that sets Vonage apart from many other VoIP phone service providers, which will often leave customers unable to make and receive calls during any type of internet outage.

How Vonage Works

Vonage and magicJack provide phone service to their customers in a very similar manner.  These companies, as well as other VoIP phone service providers, let users make and receive phone calls by using an existing high-speed internet connection.  The Vonage box can connect to the user’s existing internet connection in several ways, including through a high-speed wireless router, DSL, or cable modem.  Users of Vonage and magicJack alike will be able to browse the internet as they make phone calls.

Setup

Getting the Vonage VoIP phone service started is very easy.  First, consumers should sign up for a Vonage calling plan.  After that, customers will receive a Vonage Box, Ethernet cable, power cord, and a Quick Start Guide in the mail.  Currently, Vonage require a United States billing and shipping address for registering.

The Vonage Box is a VoIP phone adapter that is capable of connecting up to two lines through the user’s pre-existing high-speed cable or DSL internet connection.  The small and portable device has been designed to work with cordless, or corded phones, and it comes with a VoIP networking router.  This Vonage Box is available with an Instant Rebate for free, otherwise it costs $79.99.

Vonage Box

The Vonage Quick Start Guide comes with several easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, which have been included below:

  1. Plug the Vonage Box into an existing high-speed internet connection via a wireless router, DSL, or cable modem
  2. Plug the home phone into the Vonage Box
  3. Pick up the phone, and begin calling friends and family.  Calls can also be received to the same telephone number immediately.

Ease of Use

The only requirement for Vonage, magicJack, and many other VoIP phone services is the availability of a high-speed internet connection, as well as a touch-tone phone.  Each of these two VoIP phone service providers make their devices extremely easy to set up, so users can begin making and receiving calls through their internet connection in the matter of just a few minutes.

Although these devices are designed to be extremely easy to set up, Vonage actually provides its customers with professional installers with more difficult installations, such as getting all of the phone jacks in a particular home to work with Vonage.

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*This cost can be reduced if users choose to purchase 5 years of service in advance.

**This varies from the basic plans of $9.99 per month to $39.99 per month.

~The cost of the Vonage Box can be eliminated with a Instant Rebate.

Cost of Vonage Home Phone Service

The cost of Vonage Home Phone service depends on the particular plan being purchased.  However, with so many different residential plans to choose from, Vonage likely has a calling plan that will work for just about anyone’s needs.  The Residential Phone Plans that Vonage has available are listed in the following paragraphs.  Each plan below allows customers to keep their own phone number, or choose a different phone number.

US and Canada 400: $12.99/month (no annual contract)

This is a basic home phone service that provides custoemrs with 400 minutes of outband and long distance calling each month to the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  Each minute beyond 400 cost users just 5 cents.  However, calls to other Vonage home phone customers is completely free.   Low rates are also provided to landlines and mobile devices to ten other countries.

US and Canada 800: $21.99/month (no annual contract)

This is another basic residential phone service that provides customers with 800 minutes of local and long distance calls to the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  Each minute beyond the allotted 800 costs customers just 3.9 cents.  Like the US and Canada 400, calls are still free to other Vonage home phone customers, and rates are low on international calls.

US and Canada Unlimited: $9.99/month (for 6 months, then $24.99/month) with a One Year Contract. $24.99/month without an annual contract

This call plan is one of Vonage’s most inclusive North America call plans.  Not only does this particular plan provide customers with unlimited outbound calling to the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, but they are also provided with low rates on international calls.  Like Vonage’s other US and Canada plans, calls are free to other Vonage home phone customers.

Vonage World: $9.99/month (for 6 months, then $26.99/month) with a One Year Contract. $26.99/month without an annual contract

This international call plan allows customers to make unlimited international calls to landlines in 60 countries, and to mobile devices in ten countries.  Like Vonage’s other plans, calls are still free to other Vonage home phone customers.

Vonage World Plus: $9.99/month (for 3 months, then $29.99/month) with One Year Contract. $29.99/month without an annual contract

This home phone service allows Vonage customers to make unlimited local and long distance calls across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, PLUS an addition 250 minutes of international calling to cell phones in over 40 other countries, as well as landlines and cell phones in another 9 countries. Phone calls to other Vonage residential customers is also free.

Vonage World Mexico Sin Limites: $14.99/month (for 3 months, then $39.99/month) with One Year Agreement. $39.99/month without an annual contract

This residential calling plan allows Vonage customers to make unlimited local and international calls to landlines and mobile devices in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Puerto Rico, as well as unlimited calling to landlines in over 60 other countries, and to mobile phones in 10 countries and territories.  Calls to other Vonage home phone customers is free.

Vonage 3000 to Globe Philippines: $29.99/month with no annual contract

This residential calling plan provides customers with 3000 minutes of calling each month to all Globe numbers in the Philippines, as well as unlimited calling to landlines and mobile devices in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  Minutes beyond 3000 will cost customers just 11 cents each.  Calls to other Vonage home phone customers is also free.  This particular plan comes with 24/7 Customer Care (in Filipino, also).

Where to Buy Vonage

The Vonage box is available for purchase at a variety of retail locations, including Best Buy, Fry’s Electronics, BrandsMart USA, and Walmart

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New magicJack WiFi Updates May Make it the Most Usable VoIP Device Yet

Since the beginning of the magic Jack series of VoIP telephone service devices has been released, the product has revolutionized the way that people make and receive phone calls.  When the product was first released in 2007, many people were skeptical about the magic Jack’s call quality and reliability.  However, news of the high call quality and reliability that the device provided to its users quickly spread.  Soon after its release, hundreds of thousands of the magic Jack devices had been sold to people all over the United States.  For just $19.95 per year, far less than many people pay for phone service each month, the magic Jack allowed its users to make unlimited local and long distance calls anywhere within the United States and Canada.  There were some minor drawbacks to the original magic Jack device, though.

One of the biggest inconveniences of using the magic Jack to make and receive calls was the device’s reliance on a computer.  In order to make and receive calls, the magic Jack had to be plugged into the USB port of a computer, and the computer had to be powered on.  However, hearing the biggest concerns from their customers, VocalTec Communcations, the manufacturer of the magic Jack, helped solve this major inconvenience with its magicJack Plus.  With the magicJack Plus, users could make and receive calls without their computer being turned on.  This was accomplished with the magicJack Plus being plugged directly into the user’s high speed modem or router.  This helped the magicJack Plus’s users eliminate the need to constantly have their computer on, making communicating with friends and family much easier.  Although it was slightly more expensive than the previous magic Jack, at just $29.95 per year, the device provides high quality home phone service for much less than with traditional landline telephone companies.  VocalTec is currently in the process of preparing to release its newest VoIP product—the magicJack WiFi.

Although it is not currently released, there is a great deal of speculation about the magicJack WiFi.  Many people wonder what kinds of upgrades they should expect to find in the device, while many wonder how much the new magic Jack WiFi will cost.  There are a variety of upgrades to the new magicJack WiFi that will make the new device the easiest to use of all of the magic Jack series of devices.  First, the magicJack WiFi will feature an LCD panel, double dock DDR memory, automatic audio gain control, and a power saving sleep mode, helping make the device more energy efficient.  Installing the device is anticipated to be much easier than with previous devices.  Although installing the magic Jack original and the magicJack Plus was already very easy, the magic Jack WiFi is intended to simply plug into a power outlet and be ready to go.  The combination of these upgrades to the magic Jack WiFi will make it the fastest, most powerful magic Jack unit to date.  Many experts believe that the magic Jack WiFi will provide usefulness to business owners, as it is expected to have the power to support as many as 40 phones.

Outside of these significant upgrades, the magic Jack WiFi will likely have much in common with its forefathers.  The size will likely be about the same as previous units, at about the size of a flash drive.  Additionally, the device will still require high speed cable or DSL Internet, as well as a high speed router, in order to function.  Users should still expect to have the same great high quality phone calls using the magicJack WiFi that they experienced with previous magic Jack units.  However, with technology upgrades, and the addition of more memory, the magicJack WiFi will likely provide its users with the highest call quality available through any VoIP telephone service provider.  Furthermore, it has the potential to provide call quality that exceeds that of landline telephone service providers.  The magicJack WiFi should continue to allow users to make free local and long distance calls anywhere within the United States and Canada.  Also, calls back to the United States and Canada from the device should also continue to be free for its users.  Finally, it is likely the price of the magic Jack WiFi device will remain fairly constant.  If the current trend continues, the magicJack WiFi may cost its users $39.95 per year (although with efficient production of the device, the price certainly could be lower).

So when is the magic Jack WiFi scheduled to be released?  Although very few people can say for sure, the magicJack WiFi should be released in 2013, with software updates advancing it even further in 2014.

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The New magicJack WiFi VoIP Internet Phone Service

Magic Jack Original, 2007

The magic Jack was originally created in 2007 by VocalTec Communications, Limited.  The product, although it utilized similar technology that was already in existence, revolutionized the way people made phone calls.  Rather than utilizing standard telephone lines, the magic Jack used a person’s high speed internet connection in order to make and receive phone calls.  The device itself contained all of the necessary hardware required to make and receive calls, making it extremely easy to set up for just about anyone.

The device was designed to plug into the USB port of a person’s computer, as well as a standard telephone jack.  Running through a high speed internet connection, which was required, the magic Jack allowed individuals to make unlimited local and long distance calls anywhere in the United States and Canada through a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) network.  Users could also make international phone calls for a low per-minute rate.  At its initial purchase, users could buy the magic Jack for $40.  This cost included the magic Jack unit, all of its necessary hardware, and the first year of service.  After the first year, each additional year of service was only $19.95.

Because of its ease of use, low cost, and convenience, the magic Jack was highly touted by a variety of magic well known publications, including PC Magazine.

magicJack Plus, 2011

Approximately four years of the release of the original magic Jack, VocalTec released the follow-up to the device, the magicJack Plus.  While the magicJack Plus worked in many of the same ways as the original magic Jack, it no longer required a computer in order to work.  The magicJack Plus is approximately the same size the original magic Jack unit, very small and lightweight, about the size of a USB flash drive.

The magicJack Plus features a pair of technology upgrades over the original magic Jack unit.  First, with the addition of Wide Band Voice Technology (also known as HD Voice), voice quality has been significantly increased compared to the magic Jack.  The second significant technology upgrade is called Echo Control, which eliminates the whistling and echoing that can sometimes be present when making calls over a VoIP telephone network.  In combination with each other, the pair of upgrades provides voice quality that rivals, and is sometimes better, than the voice quality provided by landline telephone service providers.

The magicJack Plus, as opposed to being plugged into the USB port of a computer, is plugged directly into a high speed modem or router.  The magicJack Plus no longer requires the use of a computer because it features its old built-in CPU and RAM.  This enhanced processing power allows the device to function as a powerful stand-alone unit.  Additionally, it adds eliminates the inconvenience of having to turn on the computer in order to make or receive phone calls.  This can also help reduce a person’s utility bills, since a computer does not have to constantly be on in order to get calls.

Installing the magicJack Plus is very easy.  First, the magicJack Plus is plugged into a high-speed modem or router (the magicJack Plus will not work with dial-up Internet connections), and into the device’s power supply.  Next, a standard phone line is plugged into the magicJack Plus device.  Immediately after this simple and quick installation, magicJack Plus users can begin making and receiving high quality phone calls that rival that of standard landline telephone service providers.

The magic Jack Plus allows its users to make and receive unlimited local and long distance calls anywhere in the United States and Canada.  Just like the previous model, the magicJack Plus can also make international calls at a low, per-minute cost.  Additionally, while travelling overseas, magicJack Plus users can use the device to make free calls back to the United States and Canada.  Furthermore, calls between two magic Jack Plus devices are free from anywhere in the world.

Additional services provided by the magicJack Plus are many of the same services that are provided by standard landline telephone service providers.  These include voicemail services, call forwarding, and call waiting.  Customers were also allowed to keep their same phone number. Along with the plus device the company also released their own VoIP app for smartphones.

The cost of the magicJack Plus was slightly higher than that of the original magic Jack.  It can be purchased at an initial cost of $69.95.  This price includes the magicJack Plus, a USB extender cable, the device’s AC adapter power supply, an Ethernet cord, and the device’s first year of service.  After that, it costs just $29.95 per year for high quality phone service.  However, users were also provided with an incentive to purchase five years at one time, at a discounted rate of just $99.95 (less than $20 per year).

magicJack WiFi, 2013-2014

Update: Before release the WiFi device was renamed the magicJack Plus 2014. Please see our updated post for info.

The most recent upgrade to the magic Jack series is the magicJack WiFi.  This device, scheduled to be released in the final quarter of the 2012 year, is VocalTec’s most advanced VoIP device to date.  The magic Jack WiFi is intended to be designed with a WiFi chipset that will allow the device to be even more convenient to use than previous magic Jack units.

In addition to the WiFi chipset, a new chip on the device is designed to add several new functions to the magicJack WiFi, compared to the magicJack Plus.  First, the chip adds a dedicated high-speed loca bus for WiFi capabilities.  The device is also to be designed with an LCD panel display, a video compression engineer, automatic audio gain control for the highest voice quality ever provided by a VoIP device, a power saving sleep mode for additional energy savings over magicJack Plus, and double dock DDR memory.  The device may even be able to be used to receive WiFi to receive Video on Demand.  In the early testing phases of the magicJack WiFi device, the magic Jack WiFi delivered exceptionally clear voice quality.

Like previous magic Jack units, the magicJack WiFi is most likely to be about the same size (approximately the size of a USB flash drive).  Additionally, it will most likely provide the same features that have been included with the device, like voicemail, three-way calling, call forwarding, call waiting, and free local and long distance calls anywhere within the United States and Canada.  Users who switch will also likely be able to keep their current phone number.  The magicJack WiFi will be the easiest device of any generation of magic Jack device yet.  All the user has to do to make and receive calls is plug the magicJack WiFi into a power supply.

There will likely be a large market for the magicJack WiFi, as VocalTec expects to include the small business market.  The magic Jack WiFi may be designed to accommodate up to forty different phones.  This can provide businesses with hundreds of dollars of savings each and every month.  This is especially convenient in times where many small businesses are struggling to stay profitable.

With the magicJack WiFi unit, it is clear that VocalTec Communications continues to adapt to the changing market for Voice Over Internet Protocol telephone services.  With the ever-expanding availability of WiFi, the company clearly saw this as an ideal opportunity to increase the convenience of their previously successful VoIP devices.  The magicJack WiFi is anticipated to be the largest market acceptance for VoIP devices ever, and more and more individuals and businesses discover the convenience and high quality service that can be provided by the magicJack WiFi.