Note: The magicJack WiFi was renamed the New magicjack Plus 2014 upon release and the company made some big changes from the intial prototype as was listed below. Please visit our review of the New 2014 magicJack Plus to see what it is all about.
MagicJack WiFi is the latest addition to VocalTec’s stable of VoIP telephone devices. It is the third generation version of the device and provides the same features as the first generation device and second generation device, along with several improvements.
Like the first two products, the magic Jack Wi Fi will provide users with local and long distance calling to anywhere in the United States and Canada for $29.95 per year (as low as $19.95 in some cases). The difference however will be in how the device operates due to it’s new TJ980 chipset.
With the first onr users had to plug the device into their computers USB port and keep their computer running 24/7 in order to make or receive calls. With the updated plus device users were able to move it over to a high-speed port on their modem or router. With the original device, involving a computer caused a number of complications that were tied to the performance of each individual persons computer. Once the MJ+ was released the majority of these issues were resolved, but still with it’s reliance on being hooked up to another device, complications arose.
Luckily for us the WiFi version has totally eliminated these concerns due to it’s 802.11n access point feature. With this new version you will only need an electrical outlet and a regular phone. Simply configure the device so that it connects with your wifi internet signal, hook the device up to your phone and into an electrical outlet and you will be ready to go. Besides an internet connection the new magicJack will be able to work independently and not rely on the performance of another gadget. Several other improvement included in the new chipset are a dedicated high speed local bus for WiFi RF, LCD panel display interface, seamless interface to DECT phone, video compression engineer, auto audio gain control, a power saving sleep mode, and built in double clock DDR memory. Also included will be a doubling of processing power, memory size, and memory speed.
It will also be able to be used as a access point by plugging the unit into a modem, and for cable and satellite boxes allowing them to receive WiFi for video on demand.
MagicJack Wi-Fi is expected to be released sometime during the second half of 2012 and will be the same size as the Plus. Price estimates have not been released for the new device yet but the per year subscription rate is expected to stay at or near the $29.95 per year. As far as the release date goes don’t hold your breath on it. In the past VocalTec has been very unreliable in meeting their planned released dates for new products.