Verizon Wireless confirmed that it will stop selling its Hub home phone product.
The company had highlighted the Hub earlier this year as a product that could bridge wireless and wireline networks, and even said in April that it would add an application store to the product to broaden its appeal. However, the efforts apparently were not enough to save the gadget.
"Verizon Wireless, like many companies, continually changes and updates the products and services it offers to customers," Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Debi Lewis told FierceWireless. "Our sales teams will continue to focus on providing our customers the latest and most innovative wireless products and services. It's important to note Verizon Wireless will continue to support existing Verizon Hub customers with post-sale service and support."
Lewis declined to comment on the specific reason why Verizon decided to discontinue Hub sales.
The Hub cost $199 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement, and cordless phones went for $79.99 each. The device offered connectivity through any broadband connection and provided unlimited VoIP calling for $35 per month. The Hub had weather widgets, a calendar system and even provided traffic updates, and also connected to Verizon Wireless services, allowing customers to access VZ Navigator, Chaperone and VCast entertainment content.
- see these hands-on photos with the Hub
- see this CNET article
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