It’s estimated by VocalTec that over 15 million people have already purchased the original MagicJack device. With the MagicJack Plus due to be released in a few short months, many people are now wondering how the MagicJack Plus improves the design of the original MagicJack. Interestingly enough, the new MagicJack Plus only costs $10 more than the original model, and has several noticeable (and much needed) improvements. Here are a few of the differences between the MagicJack Plus and the original MagicJack< device.
The original MagicJack was priced at around $40.00, and came with a year of free telephone service. The MagicJack Plus also comes with a year of free telephone service, though is priced at $50.00. The cost of telephone service after the initial year of service is apparently $19.95 per year, which is the same as was the price for the old magicJack. Though this hasn’t been confirmed, it’s assumed by most consumers that the international calling rates for the MagicJack Plus will be the same as the original MagicJack (usually from $0.08 – $0.40 per minute, depending on country).
No Computer Required
The previous version of the MagicJack was a USB device that plugged in to a computer. Once plugged in, the original MagicJack worked with software installed on the PC in order to make a call. This has completely changed with the MagicJack Plus. The MagicJack Plus is able to make calls without being connected to a PC, which is the feature that many consumers are most excited about.
The main upgrade of the MagicJack Plus (over the original Magic Jack) is the fact that the MagicJack Plus includes an on-board CPU. This is why the MagicJack Plus is able to work as a stand-alone device, and why it doesn’t need to be connected to a computer in order to make calls. Having an on-board CPU makes the MagicJack Plus so much better than the original magic Jack because it eliminates the need to include another device that can cause complications.
Works with Wi-Fi
The original MagicJack Device could only work by being plugged into a PC that was connected to the internet. This meant that if a consumer didn’t have a PC (or didn’t want to install the MagicJack software), they weren’t able to use the MagicJack device. With the MagicJack Plus, the device works without a PC, instead using an existing Wi-Fi connection. This means that you can hook the new magicJack directly into your current landline telephone and you will be up and running in just a few seconds.