Generally speaking I turn a blind eye to late night infomercials and products that make guarantees that are just too good to be true. Magic Jack appeared to be one of those products, but apparently the company has turned itself around since launch and sold over 3 million devices.
If you’re not familiar with Magicjack it’s a small device that lets you place VoIP (like Skype) calls from a regular landline phone through your computer’s broadband connection. It plugs into your computer’s USB port and for $40 includes unlimited calls to the US and CA with no monthly charges or minutes for up to 1 year. After that it’s just $20 a year.
Now the company has plans to expand and perhaps even take on the big guys, such as AT&T. Arriving sometime between Q3 of 2009 and Q1 of 2010 the company will introduce a femtocell product that lets you wirelessly reroute your cell phone calls through the MagicJack. Apparently, the Femtocell MagicJack will be slightly larger than the current device and cost only a few dollars more. AT&T and others carrier have plans to roll out a femtocell device sometime later this year (Verizon already released theirs), but their devices are said to be retardedly expensive but lack a monthly fee.
You can also expect the company to roll out number porting in the next 60 days, which will enable consumers to port preexisting numbers over to the MagicJack. They’ve also got plans make the MagicJack Linux compatible by Q3 of this year and possibly roll out a mobile phone application similar to Skype that appeared on the iPhone recently.