Magic Jack, the little USB VoIP engine that could, has some interesting improvements on the way. Magic Jack is a USB device that provides VoIP service by connecting a traditional phone to a broadband connected computer. The device sells for $39.95 and offers a year of unlimited local and long distance calling through the device. Additional years are $19.95 per. Magic Jack claims three million units sold.
According to Laptop Magazine, several Magic Jack improvements are on the way. These improvements include a possible Magic Jack femtocell, telephone number porting (for both existing and new purchases), Linux capability, and a possible mobile phone app (similar to the recently released Skype iPhone app). Speaking about the pending femtocell, Magic Jack inventor Dan Borislow tells Laptop Magazine, “… it’ll be just a little bigger [than the current magicJack] and the expense will be just a few dollars more.” Once dismissed as a VoIP ‘trinket,’ Magic Jack has built a respectable niche. Those alleged three million customers came from somewhere.