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Mobile technology news whirls under Cablevision WiFi phone service launch

The company is going to start selling its Freewheel wireless service that is based exclusively on WiFi connectivity.

Cablevision has announced that it will be going into direct competition with mobile technology service providers in February, when it will start to sell a new service that it has called Freewheel, which is meant to be a low cost, WiFi based alternative to traditional cell phone connectivity.

The existing internet service subscribers at Cablevision will receive the first offers for Freewheel.

Those who subscribe for $9.95 per month will be able to take advantage of their mobile technology through unlimited talk, text, and data. That said, for consumers who aren’t already internet service customers at that company, the same package for their smartphones would be $29.99 per month. This will clearly be much more appealing to those customers who are already subscribers of internet service through the company.

At the time of the launch, Cablevision will be selling only one piece of mobile technology: the Moto G.

Customers purchasing the Motorola smartphone through Cablevision and its Freewheel program can expect to pay $99.95 for that mobile device. It will be preloaded with authenticating apps that function with any of the hotspots from that service provider.

In 2007, Cablevision began the expansion of its own Optimum WiFi network, and it now boasts over 1.1 million hotspots throughout the New York tri-state area. In 2014, the company implemented WiFi sharing similar to Fon, which made it possible for many of the routers of its customers to be converted into public hotspots, simply by adding a separate additional network that is accessible by any Optimum customer. That would now include Freewheel subscribers, once that program officially rolls out.

Additionally, Freewheel customers will also be able to use their mobile technology at any of 300,000 more hotspots across the United States, through the CableWiFi initiative, which interconnects WiFi access points from large providers such as Time Warner Cable, Cox, and Comcast. The service will also allow a customer to use their device with any other WiFi network to which he or she has access, including home and work.

Mobile technology brought in $3.3 trillion, last year

People are hooked on smartphones and a new report has shown that those monthly bills are adding up.

A recent report issued by Boston Consulting Group has shown that consumers love their mobile technology and those from developed countries (the United States, Germany, and South Korea) are currently paying an average of about $6,000 per year on them.

This represents the equivalent to 12 percent of the average annual income and includes devices and services.

The sales and use of mobile technology, specifically cell phones and smartphones, generated almost $3.3 trillion in global revenues, last year, said a Qualcomm commission report entitled “The Mobile Revolution: How Mobile Technologies Drive a Trillion-Dollar Impact” report. It also stated that the aggregate annual consumer surplus – that is, the benefit above and beyond what is paid directly for mobile services – is considerably higher, at a total of about $6.4 trillion.

Most of the people who were surveyed said they would rather give up dining out for a year than their mobile technology.

Mobile Technology Brings in lots of MoneyThey also said that they would give up going on vacation for a year in order to be able to hang on to their mobile devices. The research included the participation of 7,500 consumers in the United States, Germany, Brazil, India, China, and South Korea.

In Korea and China, the majority of smartphone users said that they would prefer to give up their home broadband internet connection than go without their devices.

According to senior partner at The Boston Consulting Group, David Michael, who was also the report’s lead author, “The typical U.S. consumer reports that their mobile phone connection creates more than $5,800 in value for them per year, over and above what they pay. That surprised us.”

Michael also pointed out that it was interesting to observe the value that consumers applied to mobile services within emerging markets. Among Indian and Chinese consumers, over 60 percent claimed that their mobile device services gave them access to new opportunities in generating income.

The report indicated that from 2009 through 2013, the mobile technologies industry made capital expenditures and research and development investments of $18 trillion.