Verizon's Hub is looking for a home Feb 1st

Verizon's Hub is looking for a home Feb 1st
Verizon might not be the first to the phone-over-internet party, but it is hoping to gain some ground with the introduction of the Hub, starting on Feb 1st. The Hub is designed to be an all-in-one VoIP counter top device, with cordless phone, speaker phone, and 7" touch display for streaming weathers, news, traffic, movie clips, and purchasing tickets through Fandango. WiFi (802.11b/g) is also supported so that it can connect wirelessly to a WiFi enabled router, thus eliminating the need for a direct CAT5 connection. Current Verizon Wireless customers can use the Hub to connect to VZ Navigator and Chaperone services, as well as send pictures, text, and video messages between the Hub and their cell phone. Pricing of the device is expected to be $199 after $50 rebate, and will require a 2-year contract with $35/month access fee (which includes unlimited home phone VoIP and data). With the current state of the economy, we're not sure how many people would be interested in buying it. Let us know if you plan on doing so in the comment section below.

source: Verizon Wireless and WSJ




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9 Comments

1. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

played with one yesturday and i must say its pretty impressive. im not a big fan of VoIP services though but man some of the features are crazy.

2. Legion

Posts: 397; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Its cool as hell, Ill give it that, but this will never work at that price.

3. bigfanboyred

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 17, 2009

agree with you...the price would have to be better. so many people use their cell phones and have done away with their landline.

8. T-Money3000 unregistered

If you buy a good Panasonic phone from Radio Shack it's around 99.99. For an extra $100 this one will communicate with the rest of your family via txt, pix, and even visual traffic conditions. I know it's a hard sale but ppl thought the same thing of cell phones back in the day!

4. Metall8cat

Posts: 7; Member since: Apr 12, 2008

I agree. I don't see how this can be so appealing when you have to pay for internet AND monthly service on this thing

5. korny earl

Posts: 5; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

its $35/mo average landline customer pays like $50 soo. I would say its a modest price

7. darthvegas

Posts: 17; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I know it's not totally apples to apples, but the T-Mobile @home thingy is 10 bucks a month and they're not exactly flying out the doors.

6. renegade626

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

I think this thing is awsome, even though only select people will get it. Imagine though you wake up in the morning, go turn on the coffee pot and while doing that you want to know the weather, maybe sports scores, or news, BAM right there. I know a lot of not only consumers, but small business owners that still need a landline for whatever reason w/ unlimited minutes. Plus a lot of parents would rather leave one of these at home for their young kids than a cell phone to get lost or broken, plus you can text message and do chaperone from it

9. T-Money3000 unregistered

Honestly its really only geared toward small families and/or couples. Hopefully something for businesses will come along... VZW Hub w/ Videophone maybe?

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