Cablevision's Freewheel Wi-Fi-only phone service created a lot of buzz but likely won't shake up the wireless industry, writes FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel. Editor's Corner
Don't expect the announcement of Cablevision's Freewheel Wi-Fi-only phone service to spin Randall Stephenson into reenacting the bunker scene from Downfall when AT&T delivers its fourth-quarter earnings report Tuesday afternoon. Freewheel is not a threat of any kind to the incumbent wireless industry.
Cablevision is taking on the emerging Wi-Fi voice service trend. According to a FierceCable report, the cable MSO will offer the service for $9.95 a month with no contract for current Cablevision broadband customers and $29.95 for non-customers.
Cablevision announced the soon-to-be-launched Freewheel, its Wi-Fi phone service with unlimited data, talk and text, marking the first all-Wi-Fi service from a cable provider. Offered initially with the Motorola Moto G smartphone, it will work exclusively over Wi-Fi when it launches next month.
Cablevision announced it will launch a mobile phone service using its Wi-Fi network, making it the first cable MSO to do so. The no-contract service will cost just $9.95 for current Cablevision broadband customers and $29.95 for non-customers.
Cablevision is launching a Wi-Fi-only mobile service to offer customers an alternative to traditional cellular wireless plans, banking on its network of 1.1 million Wi-Fi hotspots to attract customers.
Cablevision has begun notifying customers in their December billing statements of planned 2015 rate increases. According to a J.P. Morgan Chase memo sent to investors, Cablevision subscribers will pay an extra dollar on top of the $4.98 they already pay in the form of a "sports surcharge."
Both Cablevision and the Communications Workers of America are claiming victory after an administrative law judge issued a 291-page recommendation to the National Labor Relations Board late Thursday regarding their dispute.
Cablevision has hired veteran Madison Avenue creative Mickey Paxton as senior VP, executive director of creative services, to oversee marketing and brand initiatives for its full suite of Optimum products and services.
The New York City Council's Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises is meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss whether Cablevision violated any portion of its franchise agreement with the city amid its ongoing battle with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).