View Full Version : Verizon Hub headlines carrier's 2008 initiatives, devices

03-31-2008, 03:23 PM
Posted Mar 30th 2008 12:00PM by Chris Ziegler (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/bloggers/chris-ziegler)

We've gotten the inside track on a few dates on Verizon's radar for the next few months, and it looks like the boys and girls in red are prepping an interesting mix of exclusive and Sprint catch-ups to keep customers fat and happy. As handsets go, the Motorola Q9c (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2007/11/24/motorola-q9c-i335-blackberry-pearl-8130-on-sale-at-sprint/) is planned for April along with the TouchFLO-powered XV6900 (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/01/22/verizons-xv6900-touch-in-all-its-shockingly-white-glory/), LG enV2 (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/03/14/lg-env2-motorola-w755-in-glorious-detail/), and the CDMA rendition of the BlackBerry Curve (so much for exclusivity clauses on this one (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/03/24/blackberry-curve-8330-inbound-for-sprint-next-month/), it seems), while the Samsung Glyde (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/03/19/samsung-glyde-in-pictures/) is currently slated for late April or early May. Centro fans will be happy to hear that the diminutive Garnet phone will finally hit Verizon following Sprint (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2007/10/10/palm-centro-unboxing/) and AT&T (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/02/19/palm-centro-now-official-on-atandt/) launches in the tail end of May or the beginning of June, followed shortly by the Nokia 6205, which apparently isn't either the 2505 or 7205 (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/01/25/motorola-w755-and-a-pair-of-nokias-come-to-light-for-verizon/) unless one of those flips have been renumbered.

As technology goes, Verizon looks to launch EV-DO Rev. A-based push-to-talk services -- Sprint folks will know this as Qualcomm's QChat (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/tag/QChat/) -- toward the end of May. We've also caught wind of something called "Verizon Hub," which we're told will go head-to-head with T-Mobile's HotSpot@Home (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2007/06/27/hands-on-with-t-mobile-hotspot-home/) service. It's not known whether this'll be a WiFi setup (a la HotSpot@Home) or adopt Sprint's CDMA femtocell (http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2007/09/17/sprint-airave-signal-booster-goes-on-sale-today-in-denver-and/) strategy, but seeing how Verizon and Sprint seem to be endlessly engaged in a game of cat and mouse, we wouldn't be surprised to see 'em go with femtocells. We don't have a date on Hub just yet, but it's targeting the second half of the year at the earliest.