Wink decided a couple of days back to start charging their users a monthly service charge of about $5, which is absurdly high when you think about that they’ve already made a profit on the item they sold you and the service was expected to be included.
Also with what the service’s backend could possibly cost, it’s not realistic unless they’re expecting to downsize to about 8,000 customers.
So of course, as mentioned you’ve got a few days to pay up or all your stuff is junk, and the world being what it is and all this stuff being made by OEMs and little hackable IoT stuff, we’ve got another company coming in at 40% of the price Wink is asking.
I fully expect there to be more shortly.
Here’s a press release from Ezlo innovation:
Ezlo Innovation Announces Special Offer for Wink Users
Users will receive a free new hub every 48 months and installation assistance
May 8, 2020 — Clifton, N.J. — Ezlo Innovation, a global leader in the development of smart solutions for homes and businesses, today announced a solution for Wink customers who are looking to switch to a new platform as a result of Wink’s implementation of a May 13th deadline to upgrade their service or face cancellation. Ezlo Innovation’s services will allow Wink users to continue utilizing much of the hardware already installed in their homes by replacing the Wink hub that controls and automates endpoint devices.
Vera, which is part of the Ezlo Innovation family of brands, is offering a program that guarantees Wink users will receive the latest smart home hub every 48 months and free onboarding assistance through the Vera Easy Start service. This $1.99 per month program ensures users will automatically receive the latest technology, beginning with a free Ezlo Atom smart home hub.
“We believe home automation should be accessible to everyone, and forcing users into a subscription model without the promise of new services or hardware is the wrong model for the industry,” said Mark Samuel, CEO of Ezlo Innovation. “The benefit of this program for Wink users is that they can keep their system working today, and guarantees they will have the latest, most secure hubs running their home in the future.”
At the center of the program, is the Ezlo Atom, the smallest home control hub on the market. It offers users control of Z-Wave devices such as lights, thermostats, door locks, sensors, and more—and pairs with the Vera mobile app for remote access, scene creation, and control of an additional 27,000 Wi-Fi devices through the innovative Ezlo VOITM platform. For Wink users who wish to control cameras or Zigbee devices, Ezlo will offer a Vera Plus controller for 50% off.
For more information about the program, visit https://getvera.com/pages/welcome-to-vera-wink-users.
About Ezlo Innovation
Ezlo Innovation delivers best-in-class connected solutions to homes and businesses on a global scale. Its family of brands, which includes Vera, MiOS, Fortrezz, and Centralite, has nearly 50 combined years of experience in the home automation and IoT markets. Ezlo delivers home control products and services both directly to homeowners and through a global dealer network, and their white-labeled B2B solutions are being used by businesses across categories like wellness, insurance, security, energy, and property management. Ezlo is headquartered in Clifton, New Jersey, with offices in Ukraine, Romania, and Colombia. Learn more at www.ezlo.com.