Clear Discontinues iSpot 4G Mobile Hotspot

Well, that was short lived. Consumer electronics have a pretty short life-cycle these days. Even the HTC-build Google Nexus One only remained on sale for a few months, and now one of Clear's mobile hotspot devices has bit the dust. The iSpot was an interesting product from the start. It was a small 4G pebble that provided access to WiMAX services only, but there was one other big restriction. It would only work with Apple devices. MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, those type of devices. Basically, it was a WiMAX device designed specifically for Apple users.

Because of that limitation, it was offered for just $100, with no contract attached. And then, monthly rates to WiMAX were just $25 per month (though the access was throttled at 6Mbps down). That's still extremely cheap for off-contract data, let alone 4G data. But there was a huge problem: hackers quickly figured out how to bypass the lock that allowed it to be used only with Apple devices, making it a free-for-all to be used with any device at all. And also, some reports stated that the iSpot had trouble connecting with Apple devices. Basically, it feels like the unit simply wasn't worth the trouble for Clear to keep alive.


Now, over on the Clear Forms, a moderator has made clear that the iSpot is discontinued, and if you want one you'll have to run on down to a local Clear retail store and hope they have leftovers in stock. Once that stock is depleted, none will be ordered again. The company plans to keep a few around for warranty purposes, but that's about it. Another one bites the dust, as they say.
Via:  Clear
Tags:  WiMAX, Clearwire, clear, ispot
Comments
3vi1 3 years ago

Wonder if it's only "discontinued" because they have a new product in the wings? One not limited to Apple's devices?

I'd hardly call it a "hack" to get around this device's "Apple" restriction if you connect to it wirelessly. Is it as simple as I'm thinking? Change the first three bytes of your MAC address to one of Apple's registered mfg numbers? "ifconfig wlan0 hw ether 00:03:93:00:c0:01"  If so, I'll bet that took real hackers all of 1 minute to figure out.

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