Cablevision kicked off sales of its Freewheel Wi-Fi calling and data service, and now seems to be emphasizing Freewheel's data capabilities as opposed to the service being a replacement for cellular service.
Cablevision announced Friday that president Brian Sweeney has been given the additional title of chief financial officer, replacing Gregg Siebert, who will move on to the role of vice chairman.
Cablevision on Thursday started selling its Freewheel Wi-Fi calling service, making the product available via the Internet at Freewheel.com.
Cablevision sued Verizon in federal court in New York, alleging that Verizon made false and misleading claims about the MSO's Wi-Fi service in its ads. Verizon has run TV and radio commercials in the New York metropolitan area claiming its Wi-Fi is "the fastest Wi-Fi available" from any local provider.
Count Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus as one of the closest watchers of Cablevision's disruptive new Wi-Fi-only phone service, Freewheel.
Cablevision announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against Verizon in federal court for the Eastern District of New York, alleging that the telecom made false and misleading claims about the MSO's Wi-Fi service in ads.
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.