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Cablevision Launching FreeWheel WiFi-Based Phone

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Jan 26, 2015, 8:24 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Cablevision today announced FreeWheel, a wireless service that relies wholly on WiFi networks rather than cellular networks. FreeWheel will offer unlimited voice calls (via VoIP), messaging, and data for $30 per month. Cablevision's Optimum Online customers will be able to use the service for just $10 per month. At launch, the service will work with the Motorola Moto G, which Cablevision is selling for $99. FreeWheel service can be accessed anywhere WiFi is offered. Customers will automatically be connected to Optimum Online WiFi hotspots when and where they are available. Cablevision claims to have 1.1 million public hotspots available. The service will be most heavily marketed in the New York City region, which is Cablevision's home market and where it has the densest number of access points. FreeWheel offers international calling and does not ask customers to sign contracts. The service and device will be available beginning in February.

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robchamberlin

Jan 26, 2015, 9:35 AM

A New Entrant In Wifi-First Wireless Service

When I saw that Cablevision was entering the mobile market with a wifi-first offer, and quickly looked over the service offering, I was impressed. Reading further, I became less so. Looks like this will launch in NYC area only, and there's just one Motorola handset available at launch. We'll need to wait and see what this evolves into over time.
My main question is why would anyone consider this ultra expensive service in a market flooded with much cheaper alternatives? $30/month? $10/month? People can pay a cheaper yearly fee of for magicjack or nettalk then use an app on all their smart ...
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