Over the past decade, thousands of consumers have been dropping their home phone service for low-cost VoIP telephone service providers. These providers offer phone service through a high speed broadband internet connection. Two of these companies are NetTalk Incorporated, and Vocaltec Communications Limited. These companies have released the netTALK DUO, and the magicJack Plus, respectively.
Each of these devices allow consumers to make high quality phone calls through their high speed internet connection. Both providers’ devices are easy to set up, and consumers can begin making calls in no time. The netTALK DUO device is plugged directly into a high speed modem or router, allowing users to make calls without the use of a computer. The previous edition of the magicJack required the small device to be plugged into the USB port of a computer while the computer was turned on. With the magicJack Plus, however, this is not the case. Just like the netTALK DUO device, the magicJack Plus only has to be plugged into a high speed modem or router to be used. Both devices do allow consumers to run the device through his or her computer with downloadable software, making them especially convenient while traveling, when a modem is not readily available.
Both devices have a wide variety of shared features, including free 411 directory assistance, caller ID, three-way calling, call forwarding, and voicemail service. Each device also allows consumers to keep their own phone number. The netTALK DUO allows users to make free calls anywhere in the world to other netTALK DUO users; the magicJack Plus can make free calls worldwide to another magicJack Plus user. Obviously, each device is comparable on several levels. Two primary differences are present, though. The netTALK DUO allows users to make video calls to other users; the magicJack Plus lacks this ability. Additionally, netTALK DUO users are provided free, live phone support, whereas magicJack Plus users are not.
Both the netTALK DUO and the magicJack Plus are for sale for $69.95, which includes the devices, and the first year of service. Each year following will cost consumers $29.95. Users purchasing the magicJack Plus will be provided the opportunity to purchase five years of service for a discounted rate of only $99.95, a savings of about $10 per year over the five years. This price includes free local and long distance calls to anywhere in the United States or Canada. International calls can be made using both services at an additional per minute rate. When purchased, users will receive their respective device (the netTALK DUO or magicJack Plus), a power adapter, a USB cable, and an Ethernet cable.
Both of these devices are very similar in nature and there seems to be little difference with most consumers having good experiences with each of the devices. The bottom line here is that you can’t really go wrong in switching from a landline phone to one of the well known VoIP providers that provides the same services at a drastically reduced price.