Sure, in a few months this product will be advertised on late-night TV ad nauseam—sandwiched right between Snuggie and oddly discomforting Enzyte commercials. But for now, it’s new and very exciting.
You see, makers of the magicJack reportedly have a new version on the way. This one taps into your cell phone while you're at home and gives you talk time that isn't over the cell phone carrier's network, and won't use up any of your precious minutes. Magic, indeed.
YMax Corp. plans to begin selling the new sneaky magicJack in four months for $40. And its existing promotion (free calls to the U.S. and Canada for one year) will apply to the new product.
How does it work, exactly? According to the Associated Press, “It plugs into a PC, which needs a broadband Internet connection. The device then detects when a compatible cell phone comes within 8 feet, and places a call to it. The user enters a short code on the phone. The phone is then linked to the magicJack, and as long as it's within range (YMax said it will cover a 3,000-square-foot home) magicJack routes the call itself, over the Internet, rather than going through the carrier's cellular tower. No minutes are subtracted from the user's account with the carrier.”
Finally, a way to thoroughly shaft the cell phone company. Where do I buy?
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