Verizon Wireless Announces the Hub Home Phone
Today Verizon Wireless announced a new product for the home that is meant to replace landline telephones and act as an accessory to wireless service. The Verizon Hub uses a broadband connection to connect to the Internet and provide VoIP-based telephony services. It has a seven-inch touchscreen display that offers a wide range of features such as access to calendars, maps, directions, traffic, weather and movie times. The Hub will synchronize calendar appointments with any Verizon Wireless handsets that are added to the Hub. The Hub can also receive text messages, Chaperone service pings, and can send driving directions to handsets. The Hub will be available through all of Verizon Wireless's retail stores and can use any broadband connection. Users will have to live in an E911-capable area, and will be able to port existing home phone numbers to the new service. The Hub will cost $200 after a $50 mail-in rebate, and will require a $35 per month subscription. That monthly fee gets unlimited national anytime minutes and unlimited messaging to/from the device.
Insteon Unveils HomeKit-Enabled Home Control App
Insteon today announced the Insteon App, a comprehensive iOS app that lets you control a wide variety of HomeKit-compatible home automation gear. Via Apple's HomeKit, the app controls gear using the Insteon standard as well as competing standards such as ZigBee and Z-Wave.
BlackBerry Expands Hub+ to More Android Phones
BlackBerry today made its BlackBerry Hub+ suite of enterprise applications available to a wider range of devices. At the same time, it added five more apps to the suite.
BlackBerry Offering Privacy Shade Tool to All Hub+ Subscribers
BlackBerry today outlined several changes headed to its suite of Android applications, including the general availability of the Privacy Shade. The Privacy Shade was first made available only to BlackBerry-branded handsets, but will soon be available to any Android handset that relies on the BlackBerry Hub+ service.
BlackBerry Hub Adapts to the Dark
BlackBerry today pushed out an update to its BlackBerry Hub application for Android devices. The most obvious change is the addition of a dark theme.
Time Warner and Cox offer unlimited calling for 30, so $5/month doesn't seem so excessive excep...
The T-Mobile device costs $39.99 plus $9.99 a month.
Verizon is asking you to pay $200 + $35 a month just so you can have an internet connected touchscreen telephone, which is pretty useless considering most people have computers at their homes.
So I can do something I can already do on my computer for what I pay now.
Heaven forbid you have an emergency, like your kid just swallowed something poisonous, or your spouse just had a heart attack, and you have w...
Someone at T-Mobile should have informed Verizon...
Any honest sales reps that work for T-Mobile would tell you that the reason why their aren't many major companies going after this market is.....because their is little to NO MARKET. Each store in the region I work sells maybe 3-4 a month and usually 2-3 of them get returned.
Here's the problem with T-mobile@Home. Most people who have cable or DSL typically don't use or have a home phone. A fraction of the people that do have both high speed Internet and a home phone use it for business, which will usually share the land line with a fax machine. Problem is, getting a fax machine to work with the service either requires you to use an online fax system or spend extra money on equipm...
EVDO and Broadband Internet Connection "?"
Promoting the Wireless Revolution and not making the device EVDO?
Skype and other VOIP solutions can run with EVDO, why not do away with the wires completely?
GUYS!! its taking over landlines!.. PS.. Grandma!
Many, many household still have landlines.. I however don't.. I depend on my cell.. now, if I had a family and wanted to be in touch with whats going on at home this device is nice.. though I rather get stringing text's to my cell.
The base is meant for a mass home message.. and wifey or "partner" message. Also People who want easy access to simple info.
love if gram got it.. and it supported pix..and vid..
seriously Verizon is taking down the all powerful local phone company.. this is the begging of the end...
I hate to rain on your party here Omae. But Verizon Wireless is a partnership with Verizon...
There will likely be a question in the sales outline which they use in the store that the representative will toss out there. If you are not interested then they will simply move on...
If I glue 2 chumbys to my cordless phone, how would I not already have this????
how would I not already have this????
One more "smart" device I have to reboot once a week.
Verizon will charge an extra 35 cents to actually enable CALLING PEOPLE on it.
Hmmm nothing more than a glorified
Vonage has nothing to fear.... i hope.
I like it.
OMG and it doesnt even do video phone calls.
If this thing did video phone calls, that would be cool. Just dont answer the phone naked.