January 26, 2015
Cablevision Systems will debut a Wi-Fi mobile-phone service next month as an alternative data plan for customers of wireless networks like AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.
Dubbed Freewheel, the service will offer unlimited data, talk and text for $29.95 per month or $9.95 per month for Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers.
Freewheel will work worldwide — anywhere Wi-Fi is accessible — and customers will have automatic access to the Optimum Wi-Fi network.
Initially, the service, which will debut in New York, will be available exclusively on the Android-run Motorola Moto G. The device will be available for the discounted price of $99.95.
“Cablevision recognizes the growing shift to Wi-Fi-driven consumer electronic devices and services,” said Cablevision CEO James L. Dolan. “As a company, we are focused on providing services for these consumers and solidifying our position as the New York market’s premier connectivity company. Freewheel is the next leap forward in the advancement of the connected lifestyle, and our Optimum Wi-Fi network and the prevalence of Wi-Fi nationwide serves as its foundation.”
Cablevision’s Optimum Wi-Fi network covers the New York metropolitan area, the company’s home operating territory. Optimum Wi-Fi is currently available at 1.1 million access points and includes both indoor and outdoor locations as well as its expanding network of residential hotspots.
“There has been a dramatic shift in how consumers use their mobile devices; today, it’s all about data, and Wi-Fi is now preferred and clearly superior to cellular,” said chief operating officer Kristin Dolan. “Freewheel is powered by the strength of our Optimum Wi-Fi network integrated with a high-quality device to deliver a breakthrough service for truly unlimited data, talk and text without the high costs imposed by cellular providers.”
Freewheel will be available for purchase in February on Freewheel.com. It will offer international calling plans, a money back guarantee and no annual contracts.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.