ALISO VIEJO, CA, and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Networks In Motion (NIM), the award-winning wireless navigation, hyper-local search and LBS company, and Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, announced today that the Verizon Hub can synchronize locations with Verizon Wireless’ popular VZ Navigator(SM) service. VZ Navigator provides customers with visual and audible directions to thousands of destinations, including businesses and other points of interest, along with maps of locations and the ability to share directions with others. Available now from Verizon Wireless, the Verizon Hub is an easy-to-use system that puts a communications command center in the home. It bridges wireline and wireless connectivity and runs on any broadband connection – whether supplied by Verizon (FiOS Internet or DSL) or any other high-speed Internet service provider.
The Verizon Hub gives busy families information at their fingertips from an easy-to-navigate touch screen with on-demand access to an array of services. Several VZ Navigator-based services are available on the Verizon Hub. For example, after looking up an address using the directories on the Verizon Hub, it’s easy to send a place message to any VZ Navigator-enabled mobile device using the “Send to VZ Navigator” function key. Verizon Wireless customers without a VZ Navigator subscription will receive a text message with the location information, but not the ability to access GPS turn-by-turn directions.
Networks In Motion powers the VZ Navigator service and makes the integration between the Verizon Hub and VZ Navigator possible through its “Web-to-App API” technology.
“The Verizon Hub is an innovative solution to help us all do a better job at managing our busy lives and navigating within our community with point-by-point directions to other contacts’ locations or businesses,” said Doug Antone, president and chief executive officer of Networks In Motion. “NIM’s open ‘Web-to-App API’ allows us to assist our partners in developing features to simplify lives whether on a mobile phone or on the Verizon Hub.”
“Families are often running in many different directions throughout the day and need to get from place to place quickly and reliably,” said Mike Lanman, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “With VZ Navigator connectivity enabled by NIM, our customers with on-the-go lifestyles can send driving directions easily from the Verizon Hub to their mobile phones, making trips from place to place even more simple.”
Pricing and Availability Customers need a wireless line of service with Verizon Wireless in order to purchase the communications command center since all billing for the Verizon Hub will be consolidated onto customers’ Verizon Wireless bills. In addition, customers need a Verizon Digital Voice plan for the Verizon Hub, which is $34.99 a month and offers unlimited calling in the U.S., Canada, and U.S. Territories, including Puerto Rico, as well as unlimited messaging to and from Verizon Wireless phones.
The Verizon Hub is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement; additional cordless handsets, which can be placed throughout the home, are available for $79.99 each. For customers who do not own a wireless router, Verizon Wireless also offers a router to work with the Verizon Hub for $69.99.
About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Networks In Motion Networks In Motion is an award-winning wireless navigation and local search company, powering some of the most innovative location based mobile products in the marketplace. Networks In Motion powers cutting edge location based services and search for leading mobile partners around the world. NIM’s NAVBuilder platform is the most widely used mobile phone navigation service in North America. Founded in 2000, the company headquartered in Orange County, Calif., with additional offices throughout the EU, in China and Silicon Valley. More information is available at http://www.networksinmotion.com.