Professor: Jindi Zeng
May 15, 2015
Homework is to be completed and submitted by Noon Friday the 15th. No late work will be accepted!
1. Briefly describe the history of Magic Jack. What are some of its latest developments? The firm's first product, introduced in 2007, is a USB device that has both the software necessary to place Internet-based telephone calls via a customer-supplied high-speed Internet connection and the electronics, which allows conventional landline telephones to be plugged directly into the device. In September 2011 the company introduced Magic Jack Plus, which does not require the use of a computer after its initial online registration and account set-up procedure. The device connects directly to a modem or router's Ethernet port and has a standard phone jack as well as an AC power adapter that plugs into a standard U.S. electrical outlet. The products are promoted through television infomercials and a website. The company's website attributes the invention of Magic Jack and the founding of YMAX to Dan Borislow, who has numerous patent claims pending on voice-over-IP or known as VoIP related technology. In July 2010, YMAX, the creator of Magic Jack merged with VocalTec to form magicJack VocalTec Ltd which is headquartered in Netanya, Israel. Their recent developments are Magic Jack Pro and Magic Jack Express.
2. Assume that you plan to replace your landline phone or help someone replace his/her landline phone with Magic Jack – What’s the step-by-step process of switching over?
How much would this transition and one year service cost? How does it compare to the typical yearly cost of landline services? What are some of the pros and cons of Magic Jack, as compared to traditional landline services?
3. Would you make the commitment to switch to Magic Jack, why or why not?
The Magic Jack device uses Voice over Internet Protocol (“VoIP”) to allow people to make local and long-distance calls...
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