magicJack is a device that plugs into a USB port on the user’s computer and that has a standard RJ-11 phone jack into which any standard phone can be plugged. This allows the user to make phone calls to almost any phone in the U.S. and Canada. It is a computer peripheral that, in combination with telephony service from the related YMAX Corporation, provides Internet-based telephone service (VoIP) to the United States and Canada. The firm’s primary product is a USB device that holds both the software necessary to place Internet-based telephone calls via a customer-supplied high-speed internet connection and the electronics (technically known as a SLIC, or Subscriber Line Interface Circuit) which allow conventional landline telephones to be plugged directly into the device. The products are promoted through television infomercials and a website.
The company’s website attributes the invention of magicJack and the founding of YMAX to Dan Borislow, who has numerous patent claims pending on voice-over-IP (VoIP)-related technology.
The magicJack device works exclusively with the company’s captive landline supplier and CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier), YMAX.
Voicemail is stored on the magicJack servers and is delivered via email.