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Ymax CEO Announces Plans For FemtoJack Femtocell

Ymax CEO Announces Plans For FemtoJack Femtocell

The guys at YMax,  the parent company for magic Jack, are at it again with their announced plans to offer a femtocell product by the first quarter of 2010. The announcement has not been made official by either YMax, magic Jack, or their sister company Stratus Communications but it was recently confirmed by magic Jack CEO Dan Borislow and Stratus Communications CEO Nathan Franzmeier during separate interviews. Without an official announcement from the company any estimated release date is just that, an estimate.

Magic Jack was recently tabbed the fastest growing telecommunications company in the world and a femtocell offering would greatly increase the companies already high growth rate. If YMax does develop a femtocell and can keep prices constant or only raise them slightly it could truly spell the end of land line telephones all together. Their femtocell is expected  to be slightly more expensive than the magic Jack but still significantly cheaper than any other femtocell option available.

Their new femtocell device is expected to be named the FemtoJack (femto Jack) and should be slightly larger than the current magic Jack USB device. The only other difference will be that it works in tandem with cell phones as opposed to regular phones.

The concept behind the FemtoJack is extremely simple, turn people’s cell phones into VoIP phones while in range of the FemtoJack. For the consumer there is virtually no noticeable difference between using your cell carriers network and using the magic Jack dedicated VoIP network. When at home and in range of the FemtoJack all calls from your cell phone will be routed through the magic Jack VoIP network rather than through your cell carrier and vice versa if somebody calls you. Of course while not in range of the FemtoJack your calls will go through your carriers cell network. Now the question remains of whether or not YMax and cell carriers can come to some sort of agreement that allows for seamless handoff when entering or exiting FemtoJack range while in the middle of a phone call?

What Is A Femtocell?

What Is A Femtocell?

A femtocell looks just like a wireless router and acts as a wireless access point that routes mobile phone calls over the Internet via VoIP technology.  Femtocells are used not only to lower cell network usage but also to help enhance cell phone reception in areas where signals are weak.  A femtocell in affect creates a mini cell network that offers the same benefits as a cell booster plus a whole new list of advantages.

At first glance most people think a femtocell is a wireless router of some sort. Femtocells have a striking resemblance to wireless routers but they do very different things. When someone has a femtocell and they are in range of it the femtocell will grab their cell call and route it over their broadband Internet connection through a VoIP network and on to the person they are calling. What this does is eliminate the need for an actual cell signal where the femtocell is and also helps to remove cell traffic from a resource strained network.

The idea behind femtocells is for cell carriers to sell them along with regular usage plans and then offer an unlimited femtocell minutes options for something like $20 a month. The end result would be no need for any type of land line or the expensive unlimited voice plan that most carriers are now offering for a ridiculous $99.99 per month.

Although femtocells are expected to be huge over the next several years most people have not yet heard about them. They are expected to be widely available in the near future and the number of users is also expected to skyrocket over the next several years. One of the most highly anticipated femtocells out there is the Femto Jack, which this site is dedicated to. The FemtoJack is expected to be one of the cheapest femtocells in regards to both the device itself and the usage fee. Since the femto Jack will be made by Ymax Corporation, who is not a cell carrier, it is believed that it will be a lot cheaper since their motive will be to gain customers rather than supplement their revenue. If the femto Jack price is anywhere near what people currently pay for the magic Jack then it will be a great deal.