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4. What Are The Service Contract Terms?
The monthly subscription for Umi Telepresence is $24.99, and Verizon has been conducting field trials with Umi and plans to offer it to FiOS customers in early 2011. But Verizon wasn't on hand for the Umi Telepresence launch event, and the carrier hasn't divulged the details about what its service contract terms will be for the Umi service.
Verizon couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.
If Verizon allows customers to go month-to-month with their Umi Telepresence, as AT&T does with iPad data subscribers, this would give people a chance to kick the tires and see if it's right for them. But carriers in general are loathe to provide service without locking customers into some sort of contract.
And when you consider the amount of data that's going to be flowing through Verizon's pipes, the carrier is going to want a guaranteed return on its Umi investment.