Verizon Hub to get $50 haircut on Friday?

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Verizon Hub to get $50 haircut on Friday?
If you are thinking of buying the multi-functional Verizon Hub, you better wait until Friday when a the Big Red´s $50 discount kicks in, bringing down the price of the device to $149.99 on a two year contract, $219.99 with one year deal or $299.99 if you want to go contract-free. The Hub allows you to make unlimited VoIP calls for $35 a month. The Hub's connects to the broadband provider via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable. On the 7 inch display, you can access Verizon's VCAST offerings, get movie times or connect to directory services. The model comes with a handset and you can get an additional one for $79.

When the price of a product the Hub gets slashed $50, it usually means either of these (or both) - the thing is not selling very well and the carrier wants to give its sales a kick or Verizon wants to clear their stores for an upcoming model - Hub 2 model that might be on the way.

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13 Comments

1. yippeekiyaymofo

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 15, 2009

This thing doesn't sell, it hardly counts as anything for the reps, why would they want to sell it, when they could sell a much cheaper cell phone instead, and get more data sales off of it ?

2. ATTXBM

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 01, 2009

true

3. yippeekiyaymofo

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 15, 2009

seriously, why spend a couple hundred on a home phone that's a pain in the ass to text on?

5. willieg3

Posts: 24; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

Is that all you think this thing can do is text? Your trying to compare it to a cell phone. It is a home communications center. Try comparing it to a home phone. What can a home phone do? Uh... make calls. Most home phone services cost anywhere from $30 - $60 per month for basic features. This gives you a 411 directory, traffic and weather alerts, internet radio, video service, texting (only to Verizon phones for now), ability to look up movie times, trailers, and purchase tickets, and the ability to access your home phone from a website, among a ton of other features. And it only cost $35 per month! Thats stupid crazy. Does everyone need one? Hell no, but for people who are dependant on their home phone it is a hell of a deal.

8. yippeekiyaymofo

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 15, 2009

Listen mr. sales pitch, i used to work for VZW. This thing sucks. It counted as a gross add and didnt count against data, but we all avoided selling it. It cost too much, and you're totally better off adding a line to your familyshare with your premium plan. And you have to have a broadband internet connection. Yeah, let me spend $300 on equipment, and make sure I'm paying $35 a month along with my $50 internet cost. Or I can buy a damn cell phone and leave it on the counter. Hmm, which is cheaper and more portable? This thing would have been a better sell in like 2004 when more people had home phones.

9. yippeekiyaymofo

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 15, 2009

and it's still a pain in the ass to text on. You can't deny that.

4. secondcor517

Posts: 94; Member since: Oct 06, 2008

did no one notice that they said it's going to get a "haircur"? spell-check please.

6. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I was going to say the same thing... again, splendid job phonearena, with those fantastic new-hires...

7. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

This thing definitely doesn't sell, but there is a new model coming that was apparently in the works prior to the release of the current hub. Otherwise, with dismal sales company wide, I doubt VZW would have put money into developing a second model.

10. The Spartan

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Hey, let's make a home phone when everytime I walk into a store they're like "ready to drop your home phone?" Wait, wtf?

11. monkeyboy

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 25, 2009

Actually, I kinda thought the Hub was a pretty good idea -- IN PRINCIPLE. But I'm thinking instead of getting a simple netbook for $250, add a MagicJack and you have pretty much the same thing, no. Except you have a FULL laptop that can run XP and the MJ gives you unlimited VOIP for $20/year, not $35/month. Throw in an Xlink box and you have MJ + cell phone integration via BT. Also you can run Skype on the network instead of MJ or in addition to... and you can drive all your house RJ-11 phones, so byebye Verizon landline...

12. T-Money3000 unregistered

I agree.....it is a hard sell. Our store has 7 sold and our REGION has 10........

13. Wonker

Posts: 1; Member since: May 11, 2009

I just don't see what this thing gives me that I don't get for free from the laptop I already have. It just doesn't seem to have compelling integration to justify the strings attached. Seems like OpenPeak has has done a great job selling the idea to some VZ execs and not so much transformative engineering. I guess its for people that don't know how to use tech/google. Maybe it should be called Granma's Hub?

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