magicJack Plus vs netTALK DUO: The Rematch

October 20, 2011 at 12:06 PM
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magicJack Plus vs netTALK DUO: The Rematch* has recently published an article entitled: “netTALK vs magicJack: The winner is…” The sum and substance of said article is a side-by-side comparison of both telephonic gadgets’ features. The outcome of that pairing indicated clearly and convincingly which of the two has emerged the uncontested winner. To find out (we sense you’re dying to know) which one was victorious, please read: “netTALK vs magicJack: The winner is…

We’ve also predicted that the alleged defeated party, being a leader in low cost telephony, was not going to take this technological beating lying down, and would go back to the drawing board to mount a vigorous response and level the playing field. We were- you guess it- right (time to pat ourselves on the back!).

This technological turn of events has forced us to go back to our drawing board and, in the spirit and interest of fairness, balance, equity and even-handedness, to reconsider the contrast. Hence, the new article: “magicJack Plus vs netTALK DUO: The Rematch”.


See similarities and dissimilarities between the two products in the table below:

MagicJack Plus vs netTALK DUO: The Rematch 425x442

Read netTALK vs magicJack: The winner is… for meaning of multicolored asterisks (*)


Although magicJack Plus has made a valiant effort- which should not and will not go unnoticed and for which we gladly applaud magicJack Vocaltec, Ltd.- to fill the technological gap between it and its competitor, it has, however, fallen short on accounts of videophone/videoconference, customer service (single channel- Internet only, online chat) vs the competition’s multichannel customer service, technical support, etc. (read: netTALK vs magicJack: The winner isfor more details)

Update: Live phone customer service has been dehumanized. Apparently, a customer can no longer converse with a live human being (The soothing voice of a human being at the other end of the line has been silenced by netTALK). This task has been downgraded to a 24/7 live chat customer service.


Videophone, for videoconferencing, as a feature in netTALK DUO, gives it a slight edge over the competition (if a picture is worth 1000 words, a video is worth maybe 10.000, 1,000.000, who knows?)  but if you are a magicJack fan, that should not deter you from acquiring magicJack Plus. There are, after all, alternative means of videoconferencing.

Pie Chart

If you are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of data and details in the above table, the pie chart is a simplification (condensed version) of features common to both devices- magicJack Plus and netTALK DUO, and features exclusive to netTALK DUO.

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Common Features

Free Calls to US and Canada, Free Phone number, Free 411 Directory Assistance, Fax Friendly, Free Caller ID, etc. (see first table)

Exclusive Features

Videophone, Priority Call Forwarding, Mutichannel Customer Service, App (for magicJack Plus App status, see table below (magicJack Plus vs netTALK DUO: Rates) and*

MagicJack Plus vs netTALK DUO Rates Table 425x233

Apps enable Smart Phone (phones with Android, Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, IOS and Windows Mobile operating systems) customers to use their MagicJack Plus or netTALK DUO‘s free minutes to call the US and Canada instead of their cell phone minutes, which amounts to immediate savings, specially if one is on a limited cell phone plan.

*According to Marketwatch, magicJack Vocaltec, Ltd “has filed an application with Apple Inc for approval of the magicJack Plus App (TM)”.

magicJack Plus customers can (or will be able to) use Smart Devices connected with 4G and WI-FI to make free calls.

*netTALK DUO‘s app uses 3G, 4G, Edge and WI-FI networks for connectivity.


Price-wise, they are both, magicJack Plus and netTALK DUO, on equal footing and virtually identical (see above table). The question is: What would be your deciding factor(s) in purchasing one telephonic gadget over the other?

Minute (or major, depending on your prospective) differences or gaps in features? Customer service? Maybe (see 1st illustrative table above magicJack Plus vs netTALK DUO for tiny [subjective] differences).

The answer depends on your need(s). Despite the telephonic bells and whistles, after the dust settles and everything is said and done, at the end of the day, as a customer (what matters to you most), you need either device basically (unless you value videophone, in which case netTALK DUO would be your favorite gadget) to do 3 things:

Customer service to go along with it. If and when you do run into trouble with either product/gadget (hardware or software), you expect prompt, competent and courteous customer service. (If you enjoy talking to a live person, then netTALK DUO is for you.) 

If either device, in that regard, satisfies your needs and meets your expectations, then your choice, regardless of the gadget you pick, doesn’t matter.

NetTALK DUO Peripheral AccessoriesmagicJack’s Quantum Leap

One can’t help but notice and acknowledge that magicJack Vocaltec, Ltd. has gone great lengths and made great strides in narrowing the technological gap and bridging the technological divide features-wise, but it still has some catching up to do with respect to videophone/videoconference, priority call forward, and multi-layered customer service. Features that used to be conspicuously absent in magicJack are now prominently present and displayed in magicJack Plus:

  • Computer is optional; not required (the excuse, which in our view was a magicJack sale deterrent and according to which a computer must be ON at all times- energy guzzler- for magicJack to work, is gone in magicJack Plus)
  • Works with modem/router
  • Fax friendly
  • App (coming soon)
  • Number Portability

Furthermore, it’s worth noticing that, as a result of the advent of magicJack Plus, the brand magicJack comes now in two (2) versions or “flavors”:

  • magicJack (standard features, inexpensive, computer required)
  • magicJack Plus (deluxe features, competitively priced, no computer required, works with modem/router). See netTALK vs magicJack: The winner is…Table for features comparison.

Given the seemingly lightning speed pace of technological developments and progress, our hunch is that magicJack Vocaltec, Ltd. is arduously toiling to make up for lost technological ground, to meet or exceed head-on the competition’s challenge. So, do not be surprised if a few months from now  magicJack Plus‘ alledged features shortcomings are made up for and overcome.

Magic Jack WarningWhile it’s been fun contrasting both gadgets, it bears reiterating herein, as previously stated in netTALK vs magicJack: The winner is…, the aim of the comparison is not to disparage either product to the benefit of either, or portray one in a positive light to the detriment of the other, but rather to highlight the difference(s) in features and the outcome of our experiments, so that an educated consumer can make an informed decision and enlightened choice.

The objective of competition, after all, is to compel the competing parties to do their utmost best to come up with great ideas and spectacular products, so that, at the end of the process, the company with the best product(s) and better value, emerges as the ultimate winner; and its customers the ultimate  beneficiaries

So, if you are:

  • An avid fan of magicJack, buy the magicJack Plus and enjoy.
  • Enamored of netTALK DUO, suit yourself, purchase one and have fun.

Better yet, if you are a gadget freak and madly in love with magicJack Plus and netTALK DUO, by all means, acquire both. Now you get to (play scientist!) compare, contrast and experiment. Please report the results of your experiments and experience back to! 

As a result of this pairing, which of the two gadgets (magicJack Plus vs netTALK DUO), in your opinion, has emerged the uncontested winner and taken home the trophy? Once again, your acute sense of discernment is called upon to sort it out. 

Go ahead, have fun, enjoy either device or both!

Read also: How to Power Your VOIP and Cell Phones | Blackout or not

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