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Cablevision Introduces Cheap, Wi-Fi Only, Mobile Service Alternative

For people who hate running up high cell phone bills, there’s Freewheel, a new mobile service alternative recently launched by Cablevision. Freewheel offers mobile services for as little as $10 a month if you’re a Cablevision Optimum Online customer. But unlike usual mobile carriers, Freewheel’s phone operates solely on Wi-Fi and doesn’t search for 3G or LTE signals. This is not a problem if you only make calls in Wi-Fi heavy environments, but the average phone user does not.

To make use of the service, you have to buy a Freewheel specific phone (a second generation Moto G) for around $100, cheaper than the average new phone on the market. While across the board Freewheel is a much cheaper alternative, a lot of its bugs need to be worked out.

Although Freewheel is offered nationwide, Cablevision provides the most Wi-Fi support for New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Freewheel may soon expand its service and provide more reliable, inexpensive mobile plans for people bogged down by large phone bills.

Written by Tristan Rhee’ 17


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