Upon its debut, the Verizon Hub cost $199.99 after a $50 rebate and the agreement to a two-year contract. On top of the purchase price for the Hub itself is the service charge. That comes to $34.99 per month. Additional handsets cost $79.99 each. The monthly fee covers all the features of the Verizon Hub.
Switching to the Verizon Hub can be tricky if you have to break a contract with your current home phone service provider. For example, if you rely on Verizon to deliver your Internet access, home phone and wireless access, you can enroll in the One-Bill service, which consolidates all your Verizon bills into one. Switching to the Verizon Hub service discontinues One-Bill, meaning you'll receive separate bills for each service. You may also incur early termination fees if you need to drop home telephone service, though if Verizon provides your home phone service the company will credit you the termination fee on your next bill.
Verizon offers the Hub to customers in the United States. Verizon doesn't authorize the use of the service outside the United States and warns that using the Hub in other countries may violate local laws. Customers can't make calls to certain numbers, including numbers that begin with 500, 700, 900 and 976. Another point to remember, you can't make collect or operator-assisted calls from the Verizon Hub.
While you can make unlimited long distance calls to anywhere in the United States, U.S. territories or Canada, international calls cost extra. Rates range from 6 cents to $6 per minute, depending upon the country and whether you're dialing to a landline or mobile phone. The Verizon Hub has a feature that lets you block international calls to prevent you from incurring unneccessary fees.
You can port your existing phone number over to the Verizon Hub if you wish. Verizon says that it can take up to two weeks for the process to complete. During that time, your old line will remain active until the transfer is finished. The Hub should be functional during that time as well.
The Verizon Hub is an interesting device. It's a combination of a home phone, smart phone, television and computer. Will it revolutionize the home phone market or will consumers choose to adopt smartphones instead? We'll have to wait and see.
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- Verizon. "Verizon Hub International Long Distance Rates." (April 28, 2009) http://support.vzw.com/information/hub_international_rates.html
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