BOCA RATON, FL, and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — OpenPeak, Inc., the leading provider of VoIP multimedia telephony systems, and Verizon Wireless announced today that OpenPeak™ has been selected by Verizon Wireless to serve as the exclusive hardware provider for the new Verizon Hub. An innovative new VoIP multimedia home communications system, the Verizon Hub reinvents the home telephone with touch screen access to voice, data and multimedia content to help busy families stay organized and connected at home and on the go.
Available now in Verizon Wireless stores and online, the Verizon Hub promises to revolutionize the home phone by providing an all-in-one communications command center that bridges landline and wireless connectivity. The Verizon Hub runs on any broadband connection supplied by Verizon (FiOS Internet or DSL) or any other high-speed service provider.
OpenPeak’s relationship with Verizon Wireless marks its first wide-scale deployment of its innovative VoIP platform in the consumer market. The Verizon Hub is the result of OpenPeak’s world-class, end-to-end design, engineering and delivery system that integrates a rich, interactive media experience with the convenience and comfort of a home telephone.
“The Verizon Hub promises to truly reinvent the home phone by providing a ‘fourth screen’ for accessing information and media services, combining the best features of the telephone, TV, PC and cell phone into an easy-to-use communications center,” said Dan Gittleman, chief executive officer and founder of OpenPeak. “We are very excited to see this technology now widely available for busy families on one of the largest and most reliable telecom networks in the nation.”
About the size of a digital picture frame, the OpenPeak hardware platform incorporates a durable, high-resolution touch screen interface with a cordless handset that extends access to the Verizon Hub’s multimedia functions anywhere in the home. Auxiliary handsets are also available that operate off the main base Ethernet line.
“The Verizon Hub reinvents the home phone system with its communications connectivity, wireless integration, brilliant touch screen and the affordable calls to friends and family,” said Eric Bruno, senior vice president of marketing at Verizon. “The Verizon Hub is the result of OpenPeak’s commitment to great design, innovation and technology and will help our customers manage their busy lives.”
The OpenPeak platform is the most advanced and dynamic VoIP multimedia telephony system available on the market. After an easy initial setup, the system enables access to customizable content, including streaming news, sports and weather information, along with other multimedia apps with the touch of a finger.
“With calendar and contact information available right at your fingertips, the Verizon Hub makes it easier for busy families to stay connected and stay organized, no matter how hectic their lives may be,” Gittleman said. “This is a perfect example of how we can best utilize technology to make our lives simpler and more convenient.”
The Verizon Hub is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement; additional cordless handsets are $79.99 each. A wireless line of service with Verizon Wireless is required in order to purchase the Verizon Hub, and all billing for the system will be consolidated onto customers’ Verizon Wireless bills. In addition, customers need a Verizon Digital Voice plan, 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.
About OpenPeak OpenPeak Inc. creates, designs, and develops innovative communication systems and devices that enable simple user control of VoIP telephony, digital media, Internet content, messaging applications, and consumer electronics. OEMs benefit from OpenPeak’s portable architecture, hardware reference designs, and turnkey solutions because they allow quick and cost-effective integration of advanced communication and control technology and applications into their platforms with a high degree of customization. More information is available at www.openpeak.com.
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.