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MagicJack Hacks

Today I stumbled upon a nice little website which talks about hacking up your MagicJack voice over IP phone.

MagicJack

The site has tips which include how to stop the software from popping up on your screen [so you can see their ads], spoofing the caller ID, changing the proxy server and using the MagicJack hardware with Skype software [nice!]. Anyone with a MagicJack phone should visit the MagicJack hack site.  You can also find a review of the MagicJack here. Continue Reading

MagicJack Pays $50K In Lawsuit Settlement

magicjack ceoOne of GetUSB.info’s most popular post’s is the Review: MagicJack Phone article that talks about the product and services as experienced by one of my contributing editors.  Today, we find out that MagicJack paid $50Gs to Boing Boing in a defamation lawsuit pertaining to an article they wrote. So what was all the fuss?  Boing Boing uncovered some interesting information about the MagicJack which we didn’t realize during our review.  The MagicJack uses customer profiles, locations and call habits to push targeted ads to the MagicJack software interface.

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Boing Boing reports that during the purchase of the product, activation of the product or support for the product, at no time is the user aware of these terms and conditions. Now, I don’t think the ad sponsored business plan is a bad one, but giving the users a heads-up or opt-out choice is definitely needed.  Even with the small amount of ad space used for such an incredibly cheap and convenient product is not a big deal [in my eyes]. So here is our official notice:  be aware of this fact before buying a MagicJack phone.  To read the full review of this wonderful product, please visit the original article:  Review:  MagicJack Phone. Source:  Boing Boing. Continue Reading

Star Trek USB Communicator

Not that we’d EVER see a USB device in Star Trek, but if we did, it might be a USB communicator like the one from Gadget4All.  The Star Trek USB Communicator comes on the heels of the most recent release of Star Trek [May 8th].  The movie is a chronicle of the early days with James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.

star trek usb communicator

“The Original Series” Replica USB internet phone plugs in and plays to allow users to transfer audio signals via USB. With built-in microphone and earphone, works with Skype, MSN, AIM, Ichat, etc. Includes built-in speaker with 21 different sound effects. What sound effects you ask?  Click the video to find out or drop $44 and experience it live. Star Trek USB Communicator product page. Continue Reading

USB Review: MagicJack Phone

REVIEW OF MAGICJACK PHONE The MagicJack phone is a simple device which is specifically designed to connect your regular [and current] land-line phone to the internet for Voice Over IP calling. I ran into one of the project managers of MagicJack from a different business deal and he sent a phone for review. I’ve mentioned the MagicJack phone before, but this is my first experience using the product.

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OVERVIEW The MagicJack is a small device [2.5″ x 1.5″] and works as a USB dongle which connects to your computer via USB port. The MagicJack phone does not require a Hi-Speed USB connection and thus will work on your front USB connection of a PC tower or the slower ports off your laptop docking station. The USB MagicJack costs about $35-$40 depending on where you get it. You then pay $19 [the year after you buy it] for unlimited calling in the United States, Canada and parts of central America. Calls outside this region are then chargeable, but very reasonable. I looked up rates to the UK at it was $0.02 per minute. Not bad at all. WHY IT’S UNIQUE The MagicJack phone is unique because it has a regular phone jack connected to the dongle. This means ANY phone can be plugged into the device and used for VoIP calling Continue Reading

Buffalo USB Phone for Skype

Buffalo introduces their VH-MU01 USB phone for Skype and MSN chat so you can drop those headsets if you have a complex.  The Buffalo USB phone looks like a slim design with easy button navigation.  Any asstute reader will quickly realize there is no LCD or display for the phone.  Well, if you’re looking to get into USB phones for home or work, don’t let the lack of display worry you.

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These phones are designed to work with software like Skype where the software on your computer provides the visual display you need.  So as you click the touch pad of the USB phone the action shows up on your Skype software. This type of USB phone makes using on-line VoIP more like the traditional phone.  However, if you just can’t part with the land-line setup than you should consider the MagicJack phone.  The MagicJack is a USB dongle which connects to your computer and on the other end of the dongle is a traditional phone connection.  Simply connect your good’ol phone to the dongle and you’re talking over VoIP. Continue Reading

Old School Analoger Appreciates Plantronics USB Headset

For those just not willing to give up their old school analog headsets, or gaming headsets that plug into an audio card, you can now have an easy and convenient direct connect through USB with Plantronics new design Audio 625 USB Stereo Headset.
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And to make sure background noise doesn’t interfere, the Audio 625 features noise cancellation technology for superior listening. I will say one thing about analog, despite the more difficult connectivity methods you do get a better Continue Reading

HD Sound from New Polycom VoIP Phones

So you’ve jumped into the world of VoIP but frustrated with those hollow, echo sounding calls? Polycom is now introducing High Definition sound into their consumer based VoIP products. Take the most recent entries of SoundPoint IP550, IP330 and IP320.
Polycom SoundPoint HDVoice
So this is what the Polycom marketing guy came up with to explain HD Voice:
The Future Is Calling – Polycom HD Voice delivers over twice the clarity of ordinary phone calls for life-like, vibrant conversations. The difference is so astounding, you will never want to go back to regular phone calls.
So there you have it. For me, the more interesting feature is the new VoIP phones have XHTML capability to support a wider range of VoIP applications. Continue Reading

MagicJack the Magic Phone Jack

UPDATE: The MagicJack phone jack received Product of the Year in 2007. After the purchase of the MagicJack USB dongle (about $40) you pay a one time fee of $19.95 per year for unlimited calling. Not $19.95 per month BUT $19.95 per year. This will reduce your phone bill to just $20 a year! The MagicJack phone is available at Amazon. Review: GetUSB.info reviews MagicJack, the Magic Phone Jack.
MagicJack is a convenient USB dongle with phone jack attached to it. By connecting your regular phone to the MagicJack phone port, you can now make free calls anywhere within the US for free. If traveling in Canada, Mexico, UK, China, Italy and Israel then you can call home (USA) for free.

magicjack voip usb dongle

MagicJack is a VoIP service which doesn’t have phone charges but rather an upfront cost for the USB dongle. No pricing yet, but it does provide not only free calling using your regular phone, but includes Continue Reading

Lindy USB VoIP Audio Adapter

Lindy has a useful USB VoIP adapter which saves your computer speakers for the important stuff, like music. Many times the headset plug is used for external speakers so this USB VoIP adapter has both a microphone and headset plug. Another bonus is the USB audio adapter works for both Mac and PC. Included is a surface mount mute button to clip out your backtalk to Mom during those Sunday afternoon catch-me-up calls. At just under $22USD it’s a decent deal.
Lindy usb voip adapter
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TRENDnet Boomerang ClearSky VoIP Kit

ClearSky is the latest conference call VoIP solution from TRENDnet. The kit includes a base unit and USB Class 1 Bluetooth dongle. Together the system provides a range of over 300 feet so a grab-n-go meeting is no problem.
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With a generous push-button nav area and large LCD display the ClearSky is breeze to use, even for the old lady working the front desk. LCD supports English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Continue Reading

Skype Embedded Phone so No PC Required

TOPCOM WebTalker 5000 is a standalone, PC-less VoIP telephone. What makes this possible is Skype embedded software technology. If I could test this out I would call Microsoft – let them know that still after 1 million IE7 downloads, Firefox is coming on stronger then ever. The momentum continues with Firefox as the downloads are users converting to the web browser rather then upgrades from IE6 to IE7.
webtalker 5000 topcom
During the Skype call I could use the OLED screen of the WebTalker 5000 to enhance the experience and ad my new Microsoft contact to my Skype address list. It appears to be an easy install – like a regular analog telephone, all you need is a broadband connection and router. In addition, the cable connected hand-set can also be re-connected to Continue Reading

Is Apple iPhone Synaptics’ ClearPad?

The big push from Apple’s iPhone is the multi-touch capability of the screen where multiple activities can take place simultaneously. Well, Synaptics released ClearPad back in August ’06 stating just that. ClearPad is based on Synaptics’ proprietary sensing technology and offers unique capabilities like multi-finger input, proximity sensing, text entry and high resolution finger input.
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Enabled through Synaptics clear, capacitive sensing technology Onyx, here, displays the future of mobile technology. ClearPad is a thin solid state film that can be curved and mounted beneath plastics offering mobile designers (Apple) the ability to create sleek and stylized industrial designs. More photos Continue Reading

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