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magicJack $20 unlimited VoIP reviewed

magicJack $20 unlimited VoIP reviewed

We first saw magicJack all the way back in October, where we managed to kick off an argument about truth in advertising in the comments; now PC Magazine have got one of the adaptors in for review, to see whether YMax's claims are true.  To recap, the magicJack device is a matchbox-sized gizmo with a USB plug on one end (to go into your computer) and a standard RJ-11 phone jack on the other, into which you plug a standard landline phone.  The big selling point is unlimited national calls for $20 a year.

 

SlashGear Review: Philips’ VOIP841 dual-mode Skype DECT phone

SlashGear Review: Philips’ VOIP841 dual-mode Skype DECT phone

Here at SlashGear we've generally given pretty short shrift to VOIP handsets: all too often they miss the point of their very purpose, to take internet calling out of the realm of the geeky and into the hands of the general public.  Common errors include requiring a USB connection to an attached PC rather than a standalone ethernet hookup, or using WiFi but only supporting unsecured networks which usually means hotspots such as found in Starbucks and elsewhere won't let you log on.  So when Philips asked us to try out their VOIP841, a combination DECT and Skype phone, it seemed only fair to not warn them of our harsh standards and instead see how well the sleek black handset lived up to some high expectations.

3 Italy launch Skype cellphone that encourages mobile VoIP use

3 Italy launch Skype cellphone that encourages mobile VoIP use

While some cellular carriers do everything they can to lock down what you're able to use their bandwidth for - VoIP taking top-spot for App Least Wanted - network 3 Italy seems to be taking the opposite route.  They've partnered with Skype to bring out a co-branded handset that gives easy access to the VoIP giant's network, and they're even encouraging customers use it with up to ten hours free Skype talktime until the end of January 2008.

 

Tiny VoIP speakerphone transforms

Tiny VoIP speakerphone transforms

It's really quite fascinating what people like about different gadgets. Take, for example, this VoIP speakerphone. People aren't marveling at its small size or cool technology, but rather its keen ability to transform.

Its small size is actually quite refreshing, as it weighs only 1.25 pounds, which is considerably less than some other units. One thing to note is that it does have a USB connector so it can suck juice from a PC, or you can just use the included AC adapter.

Video of ASUS’ instant-on Linux dual boot distro shows Skype VOIP

Video of ASUS’ instant-on Linux dual boot distro shows Skype VOIP

In their latest high-end motherboard ASUS has slapped a cute little Linux multi-boot distro in there, called Express Gate, to give access to media functionality without needing to load Windows.  Now It's conjured up by DeviceVM and originally called Splashtop, and its unique selling point is that it not only features a media player or even an internet browser, but almost instant access to Skype for VOIP calls.  Now there's a video of the system in action.

  

PSP to get Video-VOIP

PSP to get Video-VOIP

Sony's PSP seems to have been losing out in column inches to Nintendo's arguably more "pick up and play" DS handheld, and so the company is looking to leverage its strong multimedia and internet capabilities to pick up those all-important headlines.  In a deal with UK telco BT the PSP will at first gain VOIP - in voice and video flavours - followed by upgrades allowing calls and messages to PCs, landlines and mobiles.

 

Compact set-top box boasts IPTV, VoIP & PVR

Compact set-top box boasts IPTV, VoIP & PVR

If you're going to give up valuable lounge space to a gadget then you want it to deliver, and SysMaster's Tornado M10 Digital Media Center looks like it offers a fair range of features for a box only six inches long.  The spec list is a veritable pic'n'mix of acronyms: IPTV, VoIP, IM, PVR... and then you add in things like voicemail, a webcam for video conferencing, email and media streaming.

 

N95 VOIP crippling caught on camera; can carriers evolve?

N95 VOIP crippling caught on camera; can carriers evolve?

In my round-up of Nokia N95 vox-pops I mentioned the depressing news that certain UK carriers had stripped out the handset's VOIP support, obviously seeing that as a threat to their own stranglehold on voice calls.  Well, if you needed any further evidence take a look at this video of an operator-modified N95:

Read on for more thoughts and a challenge...

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