Verizon has unveiled a working model of Verizon One, a device that fully integrates voice, video and data services into a single communications command center for the home.
The company plans to offer Verizon One to its consumer broadband customers during the first half of 2005 and has awarded a multi-year contract to Westell Technologies to manufacture the new device.
Verizon One integrates several technologies, including a DSL modem, 802.11g wireless router, 5.8 Ghz cordless telephone and color touch screen, on a single desktop appliance that allows users to manage all of their communications uses and devices.
It simplifies DSL installation and home network setup, clears away the clutter of multiple devices and is configured for Verizon's iobi Home service that brings together telephone and online communications into one user interface.
Verizon One's features will include one-touch dialing, visual voice mail, on-screen memo pad, e-mail previews, scheduled call-forwarding, real-time call management, personal calendar and address book and easily accessed updates on weather, news, sports and entertainment highlights.