Even if you’re not a fan of “As Seen on TV” products, you’ve no doubt heard of the Magic Jack by now. Popularized by a year-old informercial, this clever product turns your computer into an inexpensive landline alternative. Now, YMax Corp. has unveiled its next product at CES — and you won’t believe what it can do.
In case you haven’t yet tried the current $40 Magic Jack product (now available in Canada), you simply insert this small thingamajig into an available USB port on your PC, plug in a regular telephone jack into the other end and talk via VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology.
It costs $20/year for unlimited calls to Canada and the U.S.
My friends who use it swear by it.
At last week’s 2010 CES in Las Vegas, YMax Corp. introduced the next iteration of the Magic Jack, that also allows for unlimited cell phone calls in the home.
Say, what? Yep, that’s the idea.
The device is said to automatically detect and connect with nearby GSM-based cell phones, intercepting the signal from a local cell phone tower and then rerouting the calls over the Internet (broadband connection required). Voila, no cellular fees.
This is legal, you ask? YMax says it is, because wireless licensing doesn’t extend inside of the home. Um, I expect a few carriers to challenge this claim.
The new Magic Jack will be available in Canada and the U.S. later this year for the same price as the existing one ($40).
Too good to be true? Time will tell.