Building on the success of its unlimited local and domestic long distance telephone service package, Cablevision Systems has added a global calling bundle to its Optimum Voice offering. The MSO is pitching a new package dubbed Optimum Voice World Call that includes 500 minutes of calling anywhere in the world for $19.95 per month, or less than 4 cents per minute. The new service supplements Cablevision's value-priced domestic VoIP package, which runs only $34.95 per month for local, long distance and enhanced calling features like voicemail, call waiting, caller ID, call return, three-way calling and call forwarding, as well as web access to voicemail and account features.
Cablevision's Optimum Voice service has proven wildly popular in the New York area. The MSO now counts for than 900,000 cable IP phone customers, equal to 20% penetration of homes marketed for the service.