After GoAmerica swallowed HOVRS and Verizon TRS, they did not stop as they went on their way to purchase two major interpreting agencies in Washington, DC area in an attempt to control the interpreters from working for other VRS companies.
Yes, HOVRS bought Sign Language Associates (SLA) and Visual Language Interpreting (VLI). To me, it is a brilliant strategic move on GoAmerica’s part in an attempt to control and suffocate the competitors from getting more interpreters to work for their companies. For your information, SLA has offices in Denver, Tampa, Richmond (Va) and Frederick (Md) as well.
However, HOVRS has been drumming up the beat about its so-called Mobile Video Phone also known as MVP at many functions including DeafNation Expos and ASLExpo for the last couple of years.
I think the lingering question on everyone’s mind is: When?
HOVRS has claimed that its MVP is better than Viable’s VPAD and VPAD Plus, CSDVRS’ The Z and so on. But none of us has yet to *see* the equipment out in full force.
HOVRS has dispatched the employees to woo Deaf customers all over the place — cyberspace and in person to talk about MVP. They went on to trash Viable of their VPADs repeatedly.
Yes, Viable VPAD is not perfect. But that is why they named the Viable VPAD as Beta version — the original purpose of Beta version is to give the VPADs to the customers so that Viable could hear the feedbacks to weed and fix the glitches that may come with the VPAD itself.
Listen carefully — Viable VPAD was designed and funded by whom? Deaf people. Then they gave it to the customers to test and play around and throw feedbacks to Viable in order to enhance the 2nd part: Viable VPAD Plus.
Makes sense, right?
HOVRS has yet to release MVP in the last couple of years. They already talked about how good it is — how better it is than VPAD — how it will trumpets VPAD and The Z — and they had NOT gotten around to release the damned piece in the first place!
Don’t you think it is audacity of HOVRS to trash Viable repeatedly at events about its product when they had not released its own god-damned MVP in the first place?
It was supposed to release about two years ago, then it got delayed. Then delayed. The last time I heard was that they planned to release it in 2009.
Perhaps, they found many glitches in this particular product that they had to delay the release of MVP all along?
But that does not stop them from traashing VRS companies’ products repeatedly — especially with Viable VPAD and Viable VPAD Plus. HOVRS may deny the allegations that they trash-talked about Viable VPAD but one can view this particular video where HOVRS’ Jonathan Hughes has talked about how MVP is better than VPAD starting at 5:34.
Frankly, let’s face the reality here: Viable 2, HOVRS 0.
Viable, is small VRS company run of, by and for Deaf people, has already released not one but two products: VPAD and VPAD Plus. VPAD, as expected, went through the trial period where they received enormous feedbacks from the customers and in the process, they have upgraded the VPAD. So far, it has improved and satisfied the customers in the process.
VPAD Plus is the 2nd product that includes the wifi service and browser as well.
Again, both products were designed and funded by whom? Deaf individuals.
As for HOVRS’ MVP, which is owned by GoAmerica with millions of dollars in profits? The MVP was not designed by Deaf people. In fact, they collected the feedbacks and turned to a contractor to design and manufacture — I heard it was LeadTek Corporation — which, as of today, is still fixing the glitches which has been delaying the product from day one.
What alarmed me the most lately is the antics that HOVRS has been doing to the customers — they are telling the customers that if they wanted free MVP, they need to register for HOVRS on its website and to make sure that they use HOVRS in to be ranked on some list in order to get the MVP.
This is shrewd move on HOVRS’ part in an attempt to rack the minutes to make money off from FCC. I received several emails and VP calls from Deaf friends who said that they were contacted by HOVRS employees telling them that they need to register and start calling HOVRS in order to be “ranked” on the HOVRS’ list in order to get MVP!
I personally suspected the main reason why the HOVRS is doing this is to rack up the minutes in order to get the funds from FCC in order to compensate the company that is correcting the glitches with MVP which they are dealing with so far.
But there is no proof as of now. It is all about speculations. The whole thing is that people who lives in glass houses should not throw stones. You see, HOVRS trashed Viable’s products and they had no product to start with.
Get this picture? Tsk, tsk!
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