What Is The FemtoJack? – A Quick Look At VocalTec’s Femtocell

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VocalTec LTD, the company behind the magicJack, will soon be unveiling a new product tagged the femtoJack. Although there has been no official announcement from the company our sources say that  it will be announced during the first quarter of 2010. Our sources even mention magic Jack CEO Dan Barislow speaking about the product on several occasions without giving it a name while a representative from its sister company has actually referred to it as the femtoJack.

So what is the femtoJack you might ask?

Well, the femtoJack is a small USB device that is used to make calls from your home over a VoIP network.

Sounds just like the magic Jack doesn’t it?

Well it is just like the magic Jack but there is one catch. Instead of using a traditional phone with the femtoJack you will use your cell phone and you will use it wirelessly. Yep, that’s right. A USB device that gives you unlimited VoIP minutes while in range of it no wires, phone jacks, or cords required.

The femto Jack is expected to look just like the magic Jack (only slightly bigger) and be very cheap (equal to or only slightly more expensive than magic Jack). Like it’s predecessor the magic Jack, it is expected to come with unlimited local and long distance calling to anywhere in the U.S. or Canada for one small yearly fee.

The technology behind the femtoJack is simple. It uses femtocell technology which means that it uses radio frequencies to transmit your call wirelessly through your broadband Internet connection, across magic Jack’s dedicated VoIP network and eventually to the person you are making the call to.

One of the added benefits of the femtoJack is it’s ability to work as a cell phone signal booster. If you are unable to get cell phone service within your home all you have to do is setup the femtoJack and you will instantly have your own mini cellular tower if you will.

Now, technically speaking it won’t be a cell tower but it will serve nearly the same purpose. With the femtoJack you don’t need to have an actual cell phone signal, just a cell phone. It is unclear at this point but we believe than a cell phone that isn’t activate with a cell carrier will even be able to be used with the femto Jack. Early reports also indicate that the femtoJack will be powerful enough that you will be able to get service from anywhere in your own home, of course that’s assuming you don’t have a 10,000 sq. ft. home.

It is believed that the femtoJack will work with nearly all carriers at some point but at first it is expected to work exclusively for GSM standard phones which include anything from AT&T or T-Mobile. The only question that remains is whether it is legal for the femtoJack to use the wireless spectrum that mobile carriers have paid billions to possess. Early indications point to it being okay since wireless spectrum licenses don’t extend into the home.



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14 Comments

  1. FemtoJack Mack January 10, at 23:11

    All you need is a GSM telephone. It is unclear as to whether it needs to be unlocked or not. Probably not or the femtoJack would be worthless to a large number of customers that wanted it. Rumors are floating around that you any GSM phone will work even if it is not activated with a cell carrier.

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  2. Richard January 12, at 15:39

    All you need is a cellphone. I have almost NO reception at home with either ATT or TMobile. With femtoJack it should lock onto the phone and boost the incoming/outgoing calls to like FIVE bars. Very Cool.

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  3. interesting January 21, at 18:46

    Will it be possible to to make "free" calls to US & Canada when overseas?

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  4. J0hnny175 January 21, at 20:46

    I have hardly no bars at my home and have looked into a whole house cell booster for about $300 or better at the price of the femjack I would save a bundle and a lot of labor so if thats all it will do I would be satisfied with magicjack I can foward my calls from my jack to my cellphone am very happy with what I have and paid for it for 5 years of service

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  5. Kapil January 23, at 16:58

    I get about 2 bars in my house on my cell via AT & T, and i don't want to buy those expensive cell boosters, this device looks it would a big hit in the market, to be able to use your cell in your home, with good call clarity, that's something every person wants to have.

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  6. Kapil January 23, at 17:05

    I get 2 bars on my cell phone via AT & T, and having this device is a big hit in todays market. Countless number of people would want this device, when does it come out? What does it look? How much does it cost? How steady will it be in your own home?

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  7. Louis February 08, at 15:53

    I have been using MagicJack at home or away with my laptop for over a year now and I am delighted with the saving of a land line cost since I had my landline phone number transfered to my cell phone. Please let me have the first FemtoJack in Canada.

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  8. Jeff Church February 25, at 01:57

    I would love to try the femtojack. I do not use my land line much. We would be able to cut down on our minutes of use plan as our business is in our home. I do not see the lose of a call being a problem when you leave the home. Most of the time we are at home or away from home when making calls and not comming and going on the phone. I hope the femtojack works out. looking forward to using it. Jeff

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  9. smokinsignal March 03, at 11:07

    sounds like a breakthrough for lousy cell coverage. BUT.. when will you have one available for cdma and iden systems. we need love too!

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  10. mchef766 March 05, at 14:28

    Just spoke with a rep through magic jack website, and they stated that it will not just be limited to GSM. They stated that it will also be available for CDMA Verizon. Not sure if the rep new what they were talking about. Just FYI.

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  11. cj March 23, at 15:15

    Any idea if this will work with a CDMA carrier like verizon?

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  12. Tony March 30, at 18:30

    Oh I am MORE than willing to give it a try. I tried to get more info out of the Magic Jack people, but they wont talk yet. Does anyone know when it will be available?

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  13. Dusty Roads June 06, at 01:25

    Can't wait !!! Just what I've been looking for. Anyone know of a release date? Been looking for a viable alternative for my land line and hope this is it.

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  14. Michael June 10, at 15:35

    Now that we know cell phones cause brain cancer, i would prefer to use a dec-6 phone with magicjack, so magicjackplus would be better than a femtojack i believe.

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