Meet Your New Cell Provider – MagicJack
You probably all know MagicJack by now. They route your home calls over the net and charge you just $20/year for unlimited calling. Well now they’re taking on your cell phone carrier as well. Essentially they have a mini-radio tower that you place in your house and as long as you’re within 3,000 feet of the base then you can route calls through the tower instead of your carrier (through the same frequencies) which then routes them over the net just like the regular MagicJack. This is intended for GSM phones (AT&T and TMo). The device is said to be $40 and provide one year of service for free. They are looking to roll it out in 4 months but expect some fights with the FCC and carriers before this is on the market.
You can read more about it here. I’m all in for unlimited calls at such a cheap price, but I’m not sure I really need a mini-cell tower in my house, so you try it first and well talk in a few years after the doctors check you out:)
Thanks to Conrad Wheeler for the tip!
That’d be just awesome to have unlimited calls over your own femtocell, if MagicJack wasn’t one of the worst products run by one of the worst companies of all time. Most of MagicJack’s claims about unlimited calling and international calling are misleading or blatantly false. The MagicJack also installs adware/spyware to your computer that can’t be uninstalled by normal means (e.g. the control panel), data is sent to advertising companies at regular intervals, and the PC-Magazine Editor’s Choice award they always advertise about having was actually revoked. This is the only product PC-Magazine has ever revoked the Editor’s Choice award from. If you want to read more about how the MagicJack works, and why NOT to get one, you should pick up the latest 2600 magazine. The MagicJack is a horrendous product, and I shudder to think that more consumers may be mislead into buying their terrible products with seemingly great features and prices.
Thanks for the Heads up!
I have a slight predicament here. I would like to buy myself a new cell and can’t decide on which one to select. First of all, i thought of the Samsung i8910 Omnia HD 8GB. My buddy has one. It appears quite durable, and everything seemed good, but i began looking at other phones. Now my biggest problem is to decide between the Nokia N97 and the Samsung Blackjack i607. All advice is welcome.