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No FemtoJack Afterall

No FemtoJack Afterall

Back in late 2009 we reported that magic Jack was planning to come out with the femtoJack sometime in 2010 and of course this never happened. We have been waiting forever to get and provide you all with an update from Ymax and today was the day we got updated and the information we got was very disappointing and unexpected. The info that we got came from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show and it was that Ymax has decided to cancel its plans for the femtoJack.

We were very disappointed by this but they actually had a pretty good explanation for why. The reason they canceled femtoJack plans is because it’s simply no longer a relevant product with smartphone based apps being a much better solution. As such Ymax has plans to come out with a magicTalk App for Iphones and Droid based phones that will function in a similar manner as the femtoJack except without needing a device. Another reason that hasn’t be publicized but that we suspect contributed to the femtoJack’s cancellation was Ymax’s inability to jump the legal hurdles it faced with the way the femtoJack operated.

At the 2011 CES Ymax also announced that they have developed an enhanced version of the magic Jack, called the magic Jack plus. This enhanced version comes with the ability to be used with a USB port, Ethernet, WiFi, or 4G. It also comes with echo control and HD voice which is suppose to drastically improve call quality.

If you were planning on getting the femtoJack we suggest that you get the magicJack plus or the magicTalk app. The magic Jack plus is suppose to be released sometime during the first quarter of 2011 with the magicTalk App coming at a later date in 2011.

Can Ymax Negotiate Seamless Handoff Deals For Its FemtoJack?

Can Ymax Negotiate Seamless Handoff Deals For Its FemtoJack?

One of the major concerns with the femtoJack is in regards to seamless handoff. More simply put the concern is in regards to what happens when someone is talking on their cell phone by way of the femtoJack and then they jump in their car and pull away while continuing their phone conversation. When doing this there are two possible outcomes. The first outcome will be that their phone call is dropped as they leave their femtoJacks range. In this case they will have to call the person back and be connected through their cell carriers signal in order to continue the conversation. The second possible outcome will be that as they leave their femtoJacks range they will be able to continue their phone call without noticing any changes. In this case their cell phone will work with the femto Jack and their cell carrier to switch networks through a process called seamless handoff.

Seamless handoff is a common occurrence among cell phones that happens millions of times each and every day. During normal day-to-day use of cell phones seamless handoff happens as people move from one cell towers signal to anothers. When doing this the new cell tower that someone come into range with grabs their call just as the cell tower they are moving away from drops their call, all in a split second without any notice from the user.

For cell carriers seamless handoff is a no brainer because they can handoff signals between their own towers or even between other carriers towers that they have shared service agreements with. For Ymax Corporation and the femtoJack seamless handoff will not be as simple. In order from seamless handoff to occur cell carriers and Ymax will have to come to some sort of agreement, an agreement that benefits both parties. We don’t see this agreement coming to fruition with easy though since there is little benefit to the cell carriers in agreeing to allow seamless handoff. Ymax and the  femtoJack are targeting cell carriers as their direct competition and attacking a huge source of revenue for these cell carriers. Seamless handoff for the femtoJack doesn’t help the cell companies at all and it makes no sense for them to help their direct competition.

Seamless handoff for the femtoJack would be awesome but we just don’t see how any agreement for such occurrence could be reached. Maybe we are missing something?

FemtoJack Coming Soon: Ymax CEO Officially Announces Femto Jack Plans

FemtoJack Coming Soon: Ymax CEO Officially Announces Femto Jack Plans

Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Ymax CEO Dan Barislow officially announced the companies plans to come out with a femtocell product. This new product is basically an enhanced version of it’s current and very popular magic Jack phone service. Currently the magic Jack provides users with unlimited local and long distance calling to the United States and Canada for a one time fee of $39.95 and then a cost of $19.95 per year thereafter. Ymax’s new product, which has been tabbed the ‘femtoJack‘, is expected to be released within the next 3-6 months and provide users with the same usage package at roughly the same price.

The main different between the femtoJack and magic Jack is that the femtoJack uses femtocell technology, which means it links up with your cell phone rather than a regular telephone. Through the use of a small 3G radio signal the femtoJack will allow users to get unlimited minutes through their cell phone, no wires required. All the user has to do is insert the femtoJack into their USB port, do a quick installation, and bring their cell phone within 8 feet of the femtoJack once. The femtoJack automatically syncs with your cell phone when you bring it within 8 feet and then you can roam around your home all you want and talk for free. Just stay within 3000 sq. ft. of your femtoJack because that’s it’s range limit.

To top all of this off rumor has it that you do not need a service plan of any kinda with a cell carrier. All you need is a GSM phone and the femto Jack. If you really think about it the femtoJack and your cell phone service are 100% completely separate of each other. The only common denominator is that they both use a cell phone as their operating device. So even for those that don’t have a cell plan, they can get a cheap GSM phone and the femtoJack and have unlimited wireless phone service through a cell phone whenever they are at home.

Now the only question that remains is whether Ymax and cell carriers can come to an agreement that allows for seamless hand off when someone linked up to a femtoJack leaves their home and goes out of it’s range while in the middle of a phone call.