We take an in-depth look at the new Hub from Verizon. See how it integrates with Verizon's wireless services.
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We spent a few moments speaking to Verizon about its new Hub. The Hub is meant to replace your home phone line. It uses VoIP technology to connect telephone calls through the Internet. But it's way more than just a telephone.
The Hub can integrate with your existing Verizon Wireless service, including the ability to send and receive text messages and multimedia messages. It can also be used to check traffic, map directions, and send directions to Verizon Wireless phones that use the VZ Navigator service. It will also allow parents and families to keep track of one another via Verizon's Chaperone service.
The Hub will also replace your white pages and yellow pages, as it has an active directory for looking up numbers and addresses. You can also watch V CAST content on the Hub, get regular weather updates, manage your calendar, buy movie tickets are a lot more.
Verizon said that it will be expanding the capabilities of the Hub over time, and can automatically push updates to it through the Internet.
Here is some video of the most poignant features that tie into your cellular service:
It would seem like if they wanted to sell a service that you can't really get anywhere else (except skype or something) they would of just put a webcam it in to help sell them to multiple sets of people. Like if you had one and you had a webcam you'd tell your mom to buy one so you can video chat with her (my mom is the only person I video chat with because she is the only person that thinks I'm cool). But srsly. Webcam. It's the future. We should be video calling people already.
Web cam would set it out into the future of telecommunication. Nothing like calling up an old friend and being able to see them and their family. At first it would seem a little useless but once everyone starts moving into one it would become a must h... (continues)
I find it to be basically a combination/exaduration of what's already available. First, it's basically competing with verizon for home phone service cause this replaces a home phone. Second, it can be considered either a really really small computer with limited capabilities or a really really big cell phone that you can't walk around with. the limited internet is more similar to a pda cell phone. It's an interesting device, and I applaud verizon for taking the initiative. I just wonder how they're going to push it in stores.
this device does not match up to the expectations and requirements we all desparatly want. It's nothing more than a big cell phone, that doesn't even sync calender and contacts. They need to listen to the consumer and make the appropriate software cha... (continues)
Neat idea, but this thing doesn't even sync calendar, contacts, email etc with a smartphone/exchange server mailbox...DURRR...They targeted at busy business professionals and didn't think that would be an important feature?
I totally agree, why have such a device from your wireless carrier if it doesn't sync with your device the ideal and most simplistic design would be to give full sync capabillities and also be able to sync multiple devices so you could veiw everyones ... (continues)