This cable operator just debuted a new service which will offer its subscribers unlimited phone. data, and text for only $9.99 a month. The catch? It’s Wifi only. Oh, and if you’re not a CableVision customer it’s going to set you back $30 a month.
To make matters worse, Freewheel is launching with support for a single smartphone, Motorola’s Moto G, which will set you back $99.95. You’ll need to buy the phone from CableVision because the phone will come preloaded with apps that automatically authenticate with any of the company’s hotspots. Why the apps can’t be loaded on to other phones is not clear.
Subscribers will be able to use the phone to access any of the more than 1.1 million hotspots Cablevision has set up in the New York tri-state area, and they will also be able to use some 300,000 hotspots across the country, courtesy of the CableWiFi initiative. And of course they will also be able to access open Wifi hotspots at libraries, coffee shops, and airports.
That is a far smaller number than the nearly 10 million hotspots claimed by FreedomPop last week, although if you are a Cablevision customer already then Freewheel might work out better for you.
But even if you are a Cablevision customer, I’m not sure it’s worth the cost. I don’t see what this offers that FreedomPop doesn’t offer at a lower cost and with a larger network.
Did I miss something?