Clear Debuts Three New WiMAX Products For High-Speed Mobile Surfing

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News Posted: Fri, Jun 18 2010 1:13 AM
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 VerizonWireless 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 thecountry'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 getyour notebook (or any other Wi-Fi device) onto these 4G waves.


The company already has a few WWAN modems and mobile routers on themarket, but they have yet to reveal a 4G/3G dual-mode modem that'scompatible with OS X, and of course, having more options for surfing at4G is always a good thing. The CLEAR Spot 4G, CLEAR Spot 4G+ and CLEAR4G+ Mobile USB stick are all-new for the company, though the middle unitis little more than a re-branded Sprint Overdrive. The "4G+" units areeven more useful, as they'll hop onto Sprint's wider 3G network if youdepart from a 4G service zone. The last device is a tiny USB productthat 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 onsale 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. 
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rapid1 replied on Fri, Jun 18 2010 1:15 PM

This issue is highly comparable to Verizon when it split from At&t. Everyone said it would not matter they would most likely just die off. They were using CDMA transmission technology. This would never catch on because of the established market, and availability for At&t etc.

We see where that is now, and we see why, which would be availability. Sprint/Clear are in much the same position. Everyone say Verizon and At&t will kill them, but they have been putting in there 4G backbone for 2 years. The other two players and a third (T-mobile), have basically just now started. That also is an only if you wanna see it that way as well as there operational rate city area wise (all other players besides Sprint) is abysmal at best.

So if Sprint capitalizes on the and uses either there existing Wimax protocol or the other (as the two types of wireless signaling are software nodes mainly, and therefore interoperable, and easily changed or upgraded) we may see a new Verizon in a few years called Sprint. If they don't I feel sorry for them for there missed opportunity.

The winner here is the widest available provision of the standard. Sprint holds this for now as the only provider for it. If they can capitalize on it as the other two ramp up to it they may very well win. Of course this is all to be seen.

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