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New Hybrid Wired Phone...From Verizon

Techstination feature for Tuesday, November 1, 2005

A new kind of phone….from a baby bell. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. With a big color LCD screen…it could be a digital photo frame. But it has a 5.8 gigahertz cordless phone mounted to one side….a speakerphone in the front….and behind the screen is a DSL wireless router with four wired network ports as well. It's a communications device Verizon calls Verizon One. Product manager Christine Mogee…

"You have to be a Verizon DSL customer to get the phone, but on the color screen, because your DSL is always on, you can get access to news headlines, sports scores, weather information, stock quotes, restaurant listings, SuperPages access as well. So some of that information that maybe you don't want to boot up your PC, you just want at your fingertips maybe in your kitchen, your family room. So it's select Internet content that we feed to the device."

The phone, with its color touch screen…includes an addressbook, call log and calendar and memo pad….

"It's almost like a command center for a busy household. It allows folks to keep their addressbook and calendar in one place and on this cool, color touch screen. People can also download their own pictures."

That can be used as wall paper or a slide show screensaver on the display. The information entered is stored online…on Verizon servers….and can be accessed from any Internet connected PC. The Verizon One phone sells for about 200 dollars….there's a fifty dollar discount for new DSL subscribers signing a one year contract. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.