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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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magicJack Plus vs netTALK DUO VoIP

With millions of people across North America trying to find new ways to save money, phone service is one arena in which many people are learning that they can save thousands of dollars per year by switching to an alternative form of home phone service.  Voice Over Internet Protocol phone services (more frequently referred to as VoIP phone services) are now providing consumers with ways to make and receive high quality phone calls at a very low cost by using their existing high-speed internet connection.  These services are provided without the need for monthly phone bills or contracts.

One group of products that are relatively similar to the magicJack Plus 2014 are the netTALK line of products.  This includes the netTALK DUO Wi-Fi, the netTALK DUO, and the netTALK DUO II.  Each of these products have characteristics that are unique, but all of them have a variety of features included that give them the ability to deliver high quality home phone service.

The netTALK line of products allow individuals to keep their own phone number (for a one time $19.95 fee), as well as make free local and long distance phone calls anywhere in the United States or Canada.  Customers also have the option of choosing any available phone number for free.  Users of the netTALK devices can even make free calls back to the United States and Canada from overseas.  The netTALK Basic Call Plan can be upgraded to various Enhanced Call Plans that provide users with the ability to make calls overseas.  More information on these plans is included below.

A Side-By-Side Comparison of the features of magicJack Plus 2014 vs. netTALK DUO can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Features of netTALK DUO WiFi, DUO, and DUO II

The netTALK DUO devices provide consumers with a number of different features that are frequently included with higher quality home phone plans, including:

  • Free Call Waiting
  • Free Call Forwarding
  • Free Caller ID
  • Free Three-Way Calling
  • Free Visual Voicemail
  • 911 Services
  • Free Conference Calling
  • Free Call Blocking
  • Free Caller ID Blocking
  • Free 411 Directory Assistance
  • Free DUO to DUO calls

Additionally, netTALK DUO customers are provided with the ability to Live Chat with customer service representatives whenever they are experiencing issues with their phone service.  There is also an affiliated Free netTALK Text App that allows individuals to send and receive unlimited SMS text messages from any Apple or Android Device, something Vonage does not offer yet.  Another Free netTALK Mobile App allows users to use their mobile devices to make and receive free United States and Canada calls without using their cell phone minutes.  Instead, users can use a nearby Wi-Fi signal.  These apps are available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android phones and tablets. magicJack also provides it’s own free mobile VoIP solution.

netTALK Duo Options

Currently, there are three different options in the netTALK DUO line of products: the netTALK DUO WiFi, the netTALK DUO, and the netTALK DUO II.  As was mentioned earlier, these devices all have the same basic features.  However, the way they work is slightly different.  These differences with which these devices are setup are briefly outlined below.

netTALK DUO WiFi: This device works anywhere that a high-speed internet connection is available.  Users can take the DUO WiFi with them when they travel to make and receive phone calls just like they would from home.

1)      Connect the DUO WiFi to a Wi-Fi signal, router, or a computer.

2)      Connect the device to any standard home telephone.

3)      Follow the included installation guide.

netTALK DUO: This device works anywhere there is a high-speed internet connection available, but requires the use of a router.  The netTALK DUO will not connect to a Wi-Fi signal.

1)      Connect the DUO to the router.

2)      Connect the DUO to any standard home telephone.

3)      Follow the included, easy-to-follow installation guide to complete the setup.

netTALK DUO II: this devices requires the use of a computer to make and receive phone calls, but it can be used anywhere a high-speed internet connection is available.

1)      Connect the DUO II to a computer or router.

2)      Connect the DUO II into any standard home telephone.

3)      Follow the included DUO II installation guide to finish the setup process.

Side-By-Side Comparison

magicJack vs netTALK DUO

netTALK DUO Comparisons*Although magicJack Plus 2014 services cost $29.95 Annually, VocalTec Communications allows their customers to purchase five years at a cost of $19.95 per year.

Price of netTALK DUO Services

The most popular netTALK DUO product, the DUO WiFi, sells for $64.95.  This includes the device, its necessary hardware, as well as free phone service for one year.

The DUO sells for $49.95, which includes the device, all necessary hardware, and 1 free year of phone service as well.

The DUO II sells for $34.95, which includes the device, its necessary hardware, and three months of free phone service.

When the free services expire, customers have the option to choose from several different packages.

The netTALK Basic Call Plan is $29.95 per year. This gives customers the ability to make and receive free local and long distance calls anywhere in the United States and Canada.

The netTALK North American Add-On is $70 per year, and it gives customers the ability to make and receive calls to the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico (landlines only in Mexico).

The netTALK International Add-On is $120 per year (only $10 per month), and provides users with the ability to call more than 60 countries.

Each of the plans above comes with all of the features that are listed above.

 

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MagicJack WiFi Update: Now To Be Called 2014 MagicJack Plus

Although there has been very little news recently from VocalTec about their newest product, the magicJack WiFi, the company will be releasing the product in the very near future and with a new name, now to be called the 2014 magicJack Plus.

With previous new models of the Magic Jack products, including the original and magicJack Plus, the anticipated release date has typically been well prior to its actual release date.  With a previously anticipated release date within the first quarter the 2013, it is more likely that the device will be released by the beginning of the third quarter of this year and end up very different than initially expected.

This is expected to be one of the most complex and sophisticated pieces of VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology that has ever been released, which could be part of the reason why the product has experienced such a long delay in its release.  The magicJack plus 2014 features are expected to make it much more useful for home use, but it is also expected to be much more practical than previous devices for small business owners as well.  Increased power of the device will allow it to more easily handle increased telephones.  In fact, the device is expected to be able to allow for connection to dozens of telephones without any issues.

Although there are many other companies that provide VoIP phone services to their customers for a relatively low cost, the combination of the extraordinarily low cost and the exceptionally high call quality has made the Magic Jack devices the best devices on the market today.  Other companies may be able to provide low cost OR high call quality, but very few can match the combination of these two features that have been provided by Magic Jack.  This trend is more than likely to continue with the newest product and their continued offering of their free magicJack app.

Because of this potential for application in commercial industries, business owners are likely to flock to the device.  If the new 2014 magicJack plus has costs to consumers that are anywhere near where costs have previously been, small business owners can expect to save thousands of dollars each year on their phone plans.  This can help increase the profits of the business, and help encourage growth within the company, which is something that most small business owners have been struggling with over the last few years.

We will continue to follow any and all updates from VocalTec Communications about the release of the new device, and will keep our followers updated as well.  For those who are interested in hearing more about other products being released from VocalTec, sign up for the Newsletter in the bottom right corner of this page.  We will be sure to update all of those on the mailing list about any and all developments with regard to the release of any new products.