Friday, January 23, 2009

Verizon Hub HomePhone

Seeing as how most people use their cell phones for the majority of their talking, landline phones seem to be reserved for those pesky telemarketers. As if landline wasn’t dead already, Verizon announced its Hub Home Phone today and nailed the coffin shut. The Hub is meant to replace landline telephones and act as an accessory to wireless service. 

The Hub comes with a 7-inch display screen from which you can navigate to maps, directions, traffic, weather, movie times, calendars, etc. The device uses a broadband connection and provides VoIP-based services. Of course, it syncs calendar appointments and contacts with any Verizon Wireless handsets added to the Hub. The Hub can receive text messages, chaperone service pings, and can even send driving directions to handsets. Genius!

Customers will have to live in an E911-capable area, will cost you $200 after a $50 mail-in-rebate and will require an additional $35/month subscription. The monthly fee however, gets you unlimited nationwide anytime minutes and unlimited messages to/from the device. How flippin’ cool is that?!  

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