One popular review of the original MagicJack device raved, “You can make phone calls right from your PC! It’s like magic!” Now that the new MagicJack Plus doesn’t need to be connected to a PC, many consumers are hoping that the new features will help further streamline the internet voice-calling experience. With all of the exciting buzz about the MagicJack Plus, you might be curious as to how this device actually works. Continue reading
I was just digging post on Digg about why Ebay needs to sell Skype. As an avid Skype user and often the unofficial spokesperson for them to family and friends, I’m a little concerned over the notion that Ebay selling Skype to a telecommunications company. What would that mean to the services and features that we all love and cherish. Continue reading
I’ve been using Skype and Wifi phones for almost 2 years now, and have been blogging about it for the past year. The following are some tips to help improve your Skype Wifi phone experience at home and cut down on dropped calls, audio quality, lag, and others common issues that come from using Wifi phones.
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The past few days I’ve been having problems with my Skype Extras and the Skype Manager. I noticed it a few days ago when I signed in and couldn’t get my Skype Extras to work. The Skype Manager did open up, as I’ve read that others are having problems with the actual manager not working at all, and it seems that Skype is aware of this issue and has a couple of post about how to fix it in their Skype Forum. However, my problem was a little different in the sense that I could get the Skype Manager to open, but the only tools in there were the games section. I couldn’t get any of the other features to work, and the ones that I had already installed were not showing up at all. Continue reading
Looks like it wasn’t long before the phone companies figured out a way to get into the long range wireless markets for mobile media. I’ve been reading that WiMax is coming out later this year and the major communication companies have been throwing in a lot of resources to help this technology along. There are several major applications for this technology and it’s very different than Wifi. Continue reading
In my quest to transition from a standard land-line to a completely digital phone experience I purchased one of the new Belkin Skype Wifi Phones. In my previous post about the pros and cons of the Belkin phone (read here), I mentioned the issued about the phone dropping calls right in the middle of conversation and said that it was similar to a drop call with a cell phone. I thought it was because of the Wifi connection and how it interacts with the phone but I’ve still not had much success at getting it to a more consistent standard. Myself and a friend of mine, who also has this same unit as his primary phone of communication, feels that the inconsistent manner by which the phone operates does create some concern about the using the device as a full time alternative to land-lines. In my hope to make the device more efficient I learned several useful tools for maintaining the device in case something goes wrong or make the signal stronger.
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I purchased a Belkin Wifi phone about a month ago. I’ve been on Skype for the past year and have been utilizing more of their features in order to determine if it will be a lasting service or a passing fad. I’ve been really happy so far with the service and keep looking into more products and ways to digitize my communications. After purchasing the Belkin Wifi phone I’ve learned a few things about the pros and cons of operating and using this new technology, and I’m happy to share them with you.
- It’s great to be able to pick up the phone and dial a number direct and not have to pay for it. Other products for Skype either require the user to connect to a computer, or put the caller into a contact list to be able to use the Skype service. I’ve found that it’s just as useful as a normal cordless phone would be.
I was introduced to Skype about a year ago and it’s changed my life ever since. In fact, I’ve found it so useful and practical that I’ve been telling all my family and friends about it. It seems there are a lot of new products popping up every day for Skype and I try to keep myself current on the newest technology for VOIP and Wifi. With that in mind I figure it would be good to keep a blog on my experiences so that others can share in the pros and cons as I try to convert my life from land-based phones to virtual phones. Continue reading