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Cablevision (Still) Cooking Up Wi-Fi Phone Project
'Optimum Mobile' Still Being Whipped up in Kitchen
by Karl Bode 08:48AM Tuesday Feb 07 2012
Back in 2010 we noted that Cablevision was tinkering with some kind of mobile phone service that relied on Wi-Fi, which would obviously be partnered with the company's significant investment in offering Wi-Fi to its subscribers along metro NYC commuter lines. "We are trialing phones that switch from Wi-Fi to cellular and back as you move in and out of Wi-Fi and cellular zones," then Cablevision COO Tom Rutledge said in a 2010 earnings call. Fierce Cable has since spotted some additional information in some patent filings, which note the cable company is working on a service called "Optimum Mobile" but has yet to iron out kinks such as getting suitable roaming partners in place for when users are outside of the range of Wi-Fi.

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n2jtx

join:2001-01-13
Glen Head, NY

Optimum WiFi

With Optimum WiFi in so many places here on Long Island, it would not surprise me if you could carry on most calls without having to switch to cell service. I use the service extensively with my iPhone and rarely turn on the 3G Sprint service.
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tmc8080

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Re: Optimum WiFi

said by n2jtx:

With Optimum WiFi in so many places here on Long Island, it would not surprise me if you could carry on most calls without having to switch to cell service. I use the service extensively with my iPhone and rarely turn on the 3G Sprint service.

That's a bit of a "STRETCH" as wifi is nowhere near as blanketed as you think.. other minor carriers are toying with this technology but no major carriers including sprint want to touch this idea because it costs them revenue to offload call time to wifi compared with usage based billing which is where the majority of the WIRELESS industry is heading.

thomas2011

@comcast.net

wrong type of company

i like the concept but really wish it would come first not from a network owner but from a consumer bargain oriented company such as magicjack or nettalk.

an inexpensive handset with built in voip that works for free and/or very cheap wifi calling but also has a SIM card to allow voice calls on a pay per minute basis when wifi is not available could be be a really big hit.

this does not necessarily need to be a smartphone. there is a market for something very basic like a clamshell flip phone where the purpose is very clearly to save people money on basic voice calling.

stevennb
Ok, But, Thats The Last Straw.
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join:2001-05-08
Wayne, NJ

hmm...

What if OOL fixes the subpar menu's on the existing cableboxes. Or maybe get's a android app for streaming ,etc etc etc.

I'm happy with my AT&T service so I won't use Optimum for cell phone service.
25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH

Re: hmm...

you maybe happy with ATT but with OOL moving everything to data and onto their own network they can basically give you unlimited calling and dirt cheap, especially since they're already a digital phone provider. They'll have the upper hand in the end.

stevennb
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Wayne, NJ

Re: hmm...

Considering I've had numerous issues w/ OOL regarding service..ie...the modem syncing,etc....I wouldn't want to rely on them for phone service.

Sammael1069

join:2011-06-20
united state
said by stevennb:

What if OOL fixes the subpar menu's on the existing cableboxes. Or maybe get's a android app for streaming ,etc etc etc.

I'm happy with my AT&T service so I won't use Optimum for cell phone service.

Your happy ? Throttled unlimited, raised prices on data, only one choice of messaging plan and your happy with AT&T and not ov?

stevennb
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Wayne, NJ

Re: hmm...

My rates are decent with At&t....i have a corp account. No throttling on my end. As for OOL, the service has been ok at best.