With millions of people across North America trying to find new ways to save money, phone service is one arena in which many people are learning that they can save thousands of dollars per year by switching to an alternative form of home phone service. Voice Over Internet Protocol phone services (more frequently referred to as VoIP phone services) are now providing consumers with ways to make and receive high quality phone calls at a very low cost by using their existing high-speed internet connection. These services are provided without the need for monthly phone bills or contracts.
One group of products that are relatively similar to the magicJack Plus 2014 are the netTALK line of products. This includes the netTALK DUO Wi-Fi, the netTALK DUO, and the netTALK DUO II. Each of these products have characteristics that are unique, but all of them have a variety of features included that give them the ability to deliver high quality home phone service.
The netTALK line of products allow individuals to keep their own phone number (for a one time $19.95 fee), as well as make free local and long distance phone calls anywhere in the United States or Canada. Customers also have the option of choosing any available phone number for free. Users of the netTALK devices can even make free calls back to the United States and Canada from overseas. The netTALK Basic Call Plan can be upgraded to various Enhanced Call Plans that provide users with the ability to make calls overseas. More information on these plans is included below.
A Side-By-Side Comparison of magicJack Plus 2014 vs. netTALK DUO can be found at the bottom of this page.
Features of netTALK DUO WiFi, DUO, and DUO II
The netTALK DUO devices provide consumers with a number of different features that are frequently included with higher quality home phone plans, including:
- Free Call Waiting
- Free Call Forwarding
- Free Caller ID
- Free Three-Way Calling
- Free Visual Voicemail
- 911 Services
- Free Conference Calling
- Free Call Blocking
- Free Caller ID Blocking
- Free 411 Directory Assistance
- Free DUO to DUO calls
Additionally, netTALK DUO customers are provided with the ability to Live Chat with customer service representatives whenever they are experiencing issues with their phone service. There is also an affiliated Free netTALK Text App that allows individuals to send and receive unlimited SMS text messages from any Apple or Android Device, something Vonage does not offer yet. Another Free netTALK Mobile App allows users to use their mobile devices to make and receive free United States and Canada calls without using their cell phone minutes. Instead, users can use a nearby Wi-Fi signal. These apps are available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android phones and tablets. magicJack also provides it’s own free mobile VoIP solution.
netTALK Duo Options
Currently, there are three different options in the netTALK DUO line of products: the netTALK DUO WiFi, the netTALK DUO, and the netTALK DUO II. As was mentioned earlier, these devices all have the same basic features. However, the way they work is slightly different. These differences with which these devices are setup are briefly outlined below.
netTALK DUO WiFi: This device works anywhere that a high-speed internet connection is available. Users can take the DUO WiFi with them when they travel to make and receive phone calls just like they would from home.
1) Connect the DUO WiFi to a Wi-Fi signal, router, or a computer.
2) Connect the device to any standard home telephone.
3) Follow the included installation guide.
netTALK DUO: This device works anywhere there is a high-speed internet connection available, but requires the use of a router. The netTALK DUO will not connect to a Wi-Fi signal.
1) Connect the DUO to the router.
2) Connect the DUO to any standard home telephone.
3) Follow the included, easy-to-follow installation guide to complete the setup.
netTALK DUO II: this devices requires the use of a computer to make and receive phone calls, but it can be used anywhere a high-speed internet connection is available.
1) Connect the DUO II to a computer or router.
2) Connect the DUO II into any standard home telephone.
3) Follow the included DUO II installation guide to finish the setup process.
magicJack vs netTALK DUO
*Although magicJack Plus 2014 services cost $29.95 Annually, VocalTec Communications allows their customers to purchase five years at a cost of $19.95 per year.
Price of netTALK DUO Services
The most popular netTALK DUO product, the DUO WiFi, sells for $64.95. This includes the device, its necessary hardware, as well as free phone service for one year.
The DUO sells for $49.95, which includes the device, all necessary hardware, and 1 free year of phone service as well.
The DUO II sells for $34.95, which includes the device, its necessary hardware, and three months of free phone service.
When the free services expire, customers have the option to choose from several different packages.
The netTALK Basic Call Plan is $29.95 per year. This gives customers the ability to make and receive free local and long distance calls anywhere in the United States and Canada.
The netTALK North American Add-On is $70 per year, and it gives customers the ability to make and receive calls to the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Mexico (landlines only in Mexico).
The netTALK International Add-On is $120 per year (only $10 per month), and provides users with the ability to call more than 60 countries.
Each of the plans above comes with all of the features that are listed above.