Verizon discontinues `Hub' touchscreen home phone

Wed, 09/30/2009 - 9:30am
The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – Verizon Wireless is pulling the "Hub," an Internet-connected home phone with an iPhone-like touchscreen, after just eight months on the market.

The carrier stopped selling the phone this week, but it will continue to support ones already bought, Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Debra Lewis said Wednesday.

Verizon Wireless introduced the Hub on Feb. 1 as a way to compete in the home phone market, even outside the areas where parent company Verizon Communications Inc. is the local phone company.

The Hub cost $150 after a $50 rebate and required a two-year, $35 monthly contract that included unlimited calling in the U.S. and Canada and unlimited texts to Verizon Wireless phones.

The Hub was sold only to those who also had Verizon Wireless cell phones and provided services closely tied to those phones, like the ability to track the location of family members' phones.

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