Pros This device really does redefine the home phone. So many times I have wanted to check the weather or movie time and have to fire up the ole laptop....not anymore. This little guy sits and waits for your greedy little fingers and doesn't disappoint!
Cons As this is eye candy, everyone has to put their hands on it. I really wish there were privacy features like a login that would prevent unauthorized access. For us apartment dwellers, this would be a peace of mind.
Summary While the hardware is a little pricey, and the plan is about $10 more than your typical Vonage package, you need to member all the additional things you're getting. A digital photo frame, track your kids, weather, movies, Vcast video, Internet Radio, Txt/Pix messaging...the list goes on. The device is elegant and sports a beautiful display, rich in color and clarity. The touch panel is very responsive either with the included stylus or your finger. I am hoping Verizon continues support by way of offering software updates....we shall see. For anyone looking for VoIP....you can't beat the value....and best yet....it's Verizon.
Pros Great for movie goers. Can see movie times, trailers and buy tickets. Calendar, contacts and phone directory at your fingertips. Can see your VM online while you are away.
Cons You can only text to other Verizon customers. This is not apparent in any of the information I have seen. I felt a little misled in this area.
Summary My hunch is this will take off, but since this device is limited in the areas I mentioned above they will probably come out with upgrades or upgraded model in the near future. They do say that it is upgradable by downloads (like a palm pilot), but this does not explain if it will add more applications in the device by downloading them as they become available or if you will have to purchase a whole other handset like you would a cell phone every year. If you are really unsure then wait a few months to see how it does. This phone does beat out any Vonage device I have ever had. Very similar in connectivity and clarity while in use. I stopped using my cell phone at home because it was always a pain to get it out of my purse or I would leave it at home once my cell phone came out. Even with the few things I mentioned I am happy with the device and believe it is living up to what it says it is.
Pros Simple connection to our home wireless network. Very good quality calls. Touch screen access to features, dialing and entering text. Connecting the computer Hub page, the phone, cell phones makes life easier and more fun. Also a nice photo frame.
Cons The speakerphone on the base unit doesn't work right-callers get their own voice back in their ear with a half second delay-and complain. Phone directory does not show all the numbers listed in your Verizon phonebook.
Summary I think that the Hub replaces the calendar on the wall and notifies everyone on their cell phone easily, just the touch of an icon. Lookup in the directory shows a map which eleminates a "where are you" phone call when looking something up. The 7" touch screen also is a digital picture frame with wallpaper and screen saver loaded from the Verizon pages on the web-just drag and drop a photo and Zap, it's on your phone. Movie times and traffic are quick and easy. Internet radio is nice when you are preparing a meal and want something nice to listen to. If you need an extra handset and think $80 is a little high for one (and I do) just set simultaneous ring to your cell and you have a free handset. Whichever phone answers first gets the call. Cool! I think that this is a very powerful device that I have not yet figured out how to use for maximum convenience. Oh, it cleans the referigerator, too. Put all the magnetized pictures on the photo screen and set the phone numbers in the contact log and put the sticky notes in the calendar with reminder messages to the right family member. Referigerator has not looked like this since it was in the store! By the way, it is also a fine phone. I get better voice quality than the cell phones if talking to a landline.
We're still learning to use it but enjoying every minute. Very useful technology for Verizon cell phone users.
"Landline gone WILD"on by Benhome
Pros This landline really is a powerful tool. I absolutly love it. Stopping telemarketers, late night privacy with the DO NOT Disturb. The calander feature alone helps keep not only me organized, but my whole family. And of course, the Jealous friends!!
Cons It does have sum features that would be nice, like bluetooth. But keep in mind that this is a home phone and it surpasses traditional home phones by a mile. The web browser is a little shaky. But again, IT IS A HOME PHONE. NOT A COMPUTER!!
Summary We go out, and we utilize babysitters so a landline is a must for emergencies. but along with a landline comes a flood of unstoppable telemarketers. Not any more. this will stop that from just one touch of your finger. the way it should be. For us, it is only about 5 dollars more a month than our local phone provider but the features make up for that. 3 way calling and call waiting with caller id. I mean come on right. I will tell you I have never been disapointed by Verizon. From the billing to service area, they are unstopable. I love technology, and I learned that you can't completely rely on user coments. People can find cons if they look really hard enouph. But you don't need to look for the cons when the pros are just one touch away. you will not be dissapointed I assure you. and while it is two hundred dollars, but buying a good home phone at best buy can cost you just as much. Jump into todays world and make friends and family envy you. From the weather at top screen to calander events, that last minute ingredient text while you are shopping to light music in your kitchen, AMAZING. My experience with this phone has been great. Easy to use, and fun. indulge yourself.
Pros The hub itself is nice. Weather, movie schedules, digital picture frame. Screen works well with a light touch or the stylus.
Cons Unfortunately the service is the real problem, so what good is the hub if the phone service is bad. Isn't the phone service the main reason for having a telephone.
Summary After months of trying to get my Hub connected properly, I finally stopped having dropped calls. This was after 4-5 calls to Verizon, each time being told the problem was fixed. I finally got someone who really knew what he was talking about. This is ridiculous, since every tech you speak to should know what they are talking about. Clearly, they do not. So Verizon is selling these phones without training their techs properly to help people with connection or other problems. I had actually stopped using the phone completely and was using my cell phone instead because I could not rely on the Hub phone. The tech that actually fixed my problem had me go into our home computer and fix the wireless connection to accomodate the phone. Since that was done, no more dropped calls, etc. I still have other complaints about this phone. The service can be out and you will not know it unless you go to use the phone. So there have been times when people have told me they had been trying to call me all day and couldn't get through. I had no idea my phone was out. This happens frequently and I have to unplug and reboot to get the phone going again. The problem is that there is nothing that lets you know you have no service. The phone does not ring loud enough also. I have searched the system for somewhere to increase the volume. There appears to be no such function, if there is it is well hidden. Modern technology and no ringer volume???? Verizon has some serious service problems, both with the Hub and with cell phone accts. My impression is that they are putting people out there selling us products and service without properly training them. I have been with Verizon for probably 8 years and they used to be great! It has gotten so bad that I don't want to go in for anything, because everytime I do my whole account gets messed up and then it takes numerous phone calls to straighten it all out. I have had services added that I did not ask for, even my phone plan was changed to a more expensive, more minute plan that I did not request, nor was I asked. Contract dates have been extended for questionable reasons. I thought the only time your contract was extended was when you got a new phone....not so. The sales people in the stores go into your account without really knowing what they are doing and change all sorts of things. Be careful! Also they ask you to sign their little screen accepting the changes when you get a new phone, but they don't actually show you what you are signing. So when you go back with all the stuff they added, they will tell you...well, you signed for it didn't you. I did manage to get my account straight and get credit for all the extras they added, but it took several calls and finally a visit to the store. I will never sign their little screen again, until they show me what I am signing for. In sum, Verizon used to be a good company, but in recent years they have become sneaky and add things to your account that you don't want. When my current contract for the Hub and my cell phones ends I doubt I will renew with Verizon. Others may be the same, but after 8 years with a company I expect better. The little hub screen is nice gadget but not something I can't live without.