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Verizon Wireless Launches Verizon Hub With Visual Voicemail Powered By uReach
Visual Messaging Services a First on a Household System
HOLMDEL, NJ, and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — uReach Technologies (www.ureachtech.com), a leading provider of converged communications solutions for wireless, wireline and broadband carriers, and Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, announced today that the new Verizon Hub includes uReach’s visual voice messaging services. Available 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 and information. The Verizon Hub’s Visual Voice Mail, built using uReach’s Converged Services Framework (CSF), provides instant on-screen access to voice messages. Family members can see who has left messages and listen to them in any order through the touch interface.
“uReach Technologies believes that state-of-the-art technology is only useful if it brings value to its customers,” said Krishnamurty Kambhampati, chief executive officer of uReach Technologies. “Working with Verizon Wireless allows us to leverage our carrier-class platform to deliver innovative messaging services that speed and simplify the mobile consumer’s lifestyle.”
“People want access to information and media content delivered in a relevant and meaningful way,” said Mike Lanman, chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless. “Visual Voice Mail is another useful tool every family will want to have, especially when they experience the valuable and powerful features that partners such as uReach Technologies deliver.”
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.
In addition to the messaging service for the Verizon Hub, uReach Technologies provides IP and traditional messaging services for Verizon Communications’ consumer and business customers, and uReach is the enhanced messaging provider for Verizon Communications’ FiOS nationwide all-fiber network. Because of its delivery of significant cost savings and fast time-to-market, uReach was recognized in 2008 as the only network products provider to be awarded the Verizon Supplier Excellence Award.
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 uReach Technologies
uReach Technologies, Inc. is the leading provider of lifestyle messaging solutions for the service provider market. The uReach Converged Services Framework (CSF) offers a standards based and IMS-compliant approach for uniformly deploying value-added voice and data services across wireless, wireline and IP properties quickly, economically and in-scale. Running exclusively on open systems, uReach’s mobile media and web, visual voicemail, unified messaging and one-number solutions are currently improving the way millions of consumer and small business subscribers around the world communicate every day. uReach is a privately-held company headquartered in Holmdel, NJ. For more information, visit www.uReachTech.com.