Clearwire Introduces Portable WiMAX HotSpot
Think of it this way -- you fire up the CLEAR Spot and secure a blazing fast WiMAX connection. Then, you and a house full (or classroom full, whatever your imagination dreams up) of wireless notebooks flip on your Wi-Fi modules. Suddenly, a room full of machines (or even Wi-Fi cellphones, like the iPhone) are surfing the mobile broadband superhighway, and there's no need for a DSL / cable modem + Wi-Fi router. Impressive, no?
The hardware is being engineered and produced by CradlePoint, a company all too familiar with creating mobile hotspots that turn WWAN connections into ones that can be shared. It's also battery powered, meaning that you can bring Wi-Fi to beaches, vacation homes or anywhere else where WiMAX signals abound but AC outlets do not. All users have to do is insert their CLEAR USB model ($49) into the router and an instant Wi-Fi hotspot (802.11b/g) is created.
Currently, this device won't do you much good outside of Clearwire's first major WiMAX zone in Portland, Oregon and in the ex-XOHM territory of Baltimore, Maryland, but it's hoping to expand that very soon. The CLEAR Spot itself will be available early this month at CLEAR stores and authorized dealers for $139, with data plans starting at $10 per day or $30 per month.