Cablevision's Wi-Fi-only Freewheel service won't have AT&T, Verizon shaking with fear

dan frankelCablevision's (NYSE: CVC) 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. The service, which costs $9.95 per month for Cablevision customers and $29.95 per month for non-customers, provides Wi-Fi calling, texting and data via the Motorola Moto G smartphone. Unfortunately, writes Frankel, because there is no backup cellular service, the phone will be "a glorified home phone that also works in specific public locations across Cablevision's growing New York/New Jersey coverage area. You can call your pal from Madison Square Garden to tell him how many points the Knicks are losing by." Yet some analysts think the service could be a beta test for a more evolved product down the road that will include an MVNO deal and a more noteworthy phone. Editor's Corner