It's a broadband world, and the rest of us are just trying to catch up. LTE
is all set to become a widely adopted 4G
technology once Verizon
Wireless begins to roll it out later this year and in 2011, but for now,
it's WiMAX or nothing if you're in need of 4G. The HTC EVO 4G is the
country's first 4G smartphone, but if you're in no need of a new phone,
Clearwire has a bunch of new products that are all designed to your get
your notebook (or any other Wi-Fi device) onto these 4G waves.
The company already has a few WWAN
modems and mobile routers on the
market, but they have yet to reveal a 4G/3G dual-mode modem that's
compatible with OS X, and of course, having more options for surfing at
4G is always a good thing. The CLEAR Spot 4G, CLEAR Spot 4G+ and CLEAR
4G+ Mobile USB stick are all-new for the company, though the middle unit
is little more than a re-branded Sprint Overdrive. The "4G+" units are
even more useful, as they'll hop onto Sprint's wider 3G network if you
depart from a 4G service zone. The last device is a tiny USB product
that brings both 3G and 4G support to Mac OS X (along with Windows),
while the CLEAR Spot 4G is little more than a 4G-enabled MiFi.
Full pricing details are listed below, with each product set to go on
sale nationwide in July.
The New CLEAR Mobile Hotspots and USB
CLEAR Spot 4G
The CLEAR Spot 4G is a personal mobile hotspot allowing users to easily and securely share unlimited super-fast Internet access anywhere CLEAR has coverage simultaneously with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including laptops, smartphones, and portable gaming devices. The CLEAR Spot 4G is manufactured by InfoMark and will be available for purchase at $99.99 or for a $4.99 monthly lease. It can be preordered today at www.clear.com/spot and will be available nationwide at CLEAR stores and authorized dealers in July.
CLEAR Spot 4G+
The CLEAR Spot 4G+ allows power users and road warriors alike to stay connected across the U.S. by automatically switching from 4G and connecting to Sprint’s 3G nationwide network outside the 4G coverage area. The CLEAR Spot 4G+ enables users to securely share the connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices all at the same time. The CLEAR Spot 4G+ is manufactured by Sierra Wireless and will be available to purchase for $224.99 or to lease for $5.99 per month. It can be preordered today at www.clear.com/spot and will be available nationwide at CLEAR stores and authorized dealers in July.
CLEAR 4G+ Mobile USB (Series S)
Clearwire already offers two 4G-only USB modems for Mac users, but today introduced the company’s first dual-mode 4G/3G modem available for Mac users, the CLEAR 4G+ Mobile USB. When not in the 4G coverage area, the modem will automatically switch to the Sprint 3G network to provide more ubiquitous data connectivity around the country. The 4G+ Mobile USB is compatible with MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops using Mac OS X Versions 10.5.x and 10.6.x. The new USB also supports netbooks and notebooks running Windows XP SP2, Vista and Windows 7, all in 32- and 64-bit versions. The new 4G+ Mobile USB is manufactured by Sierra Wireless.
The 4G+ USB can be purchased for $114.99 or leased monthly for $5.99. It is available today at www.clear.com/4Gplus-usb and in stores in Atlanta, Dallas, Hawaii and Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and York, PA. The CLEAR 4G+ Mobile USB will be available in all 4G markets beginning July 1st.
For more information about CLEAR, visit www.clear.com. Company information about Clearwire is available at www.clearwire.com.