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Comments on news posted 2010-08-31 16:14:03: As we predicted, Clearwire's surprise announcement this week was a new prepaid wireless broadband product offering under the umbrella of a new brand. ..



Clever_Proxy
Premium
join:2004-05-14
Villa Park, IL

Stick it in

or puck around

your choice



Cjaiceman
Premium,MVM
join:2004-10-12
Parker, CO
kudos:2

Attention grabber

I have to admit, the first thing I saw when I loaded dslreports was that ad... Pricing isn't really that bad to be honest.


xenophon

join:2007-09-17

4G Only

Clearwire needs to avoid these 4G only mobile devices. It's fine for fixed home modems but mobile devices definitely need 3G for backup. Wouldn't even begin to go there.

Sprint needs to offer a day/week/monthly option for 3G/4G phone tethering. That would be much more useful.



newview
Ex .. Ex .. Exactly
Premium
join:2001-10-01
Parsonsburg, MD
kudos:1

pretty dumb

"Rover"?

barf barf



Tzale
Proud Libertarian Conservative
Premium
join:2004-01-06
NYC Metro

Great Concept!

Not a bad idea... Could be a good option if you travel infrequently and need access to the internet while on the road.

I also have to admit that the slogan is quite interesting...

-Tzale



Clever_Proxy
Premium
join:2004-05-14
Villa Park, IL
reply to xenophon

Re: 4G Only

Agreed. 4G coverage is still in a swiss cheese state. It's been getting much better in my area, but I still don't rely solely on my 4G modem when I'm travelling in the area.



Toguro

join:2003-10-23
Chicago, IL

Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.

I find reading through these post more intresting than another Clear press release. Did anyone catch the one about them telling the customer there speeds are slow because they have a crappy computer.
»forums.clear.com/clearcom/topics···_3_weeks


xenophon

join:2007-09-17
reply to Clever_Proxy

Re: 4G Only

They'll only piss off users when they can't get a connection on the road, ultimately losing those customers. If they focus only on 3G/4G mobile devices, they'd likely have more interest and more long term success. This is simply going to fail.



ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL
reply to Toguro

Re: Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.

not everyone has problems with the service. i think thats what your missing.



Toguro

join:2003-10-23
Chicago, IL

And the fact people all across Chicago are complaining of the same thing ( almost full strength and no speeds ) means it's not a isolated incident.


kaila

join:2000-10-11
Lincolnshire, IL
reply to xenophon

Re: 4G Only

Clear does have their own branded Spot 4G+ that does 3G - it's the same Sierra Wireless made device as Sprint's Overdrive. One hundred and fifty dollars less than Sprint to buy without a contract, and Five dollars less a month than Sprint charges. No daily or weekly pricing though.
--
Jeff Howe
Jeff's Blog - »www.ostjournal.net


hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
reply to Toguro

Re: Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.

again that is your market. not anyone elses.



Toguro

join:2003-10-23
Chicago, IL

Yes the third largest market in the country.


axus

join:2001-06-18
Washington, DC
Reviews:
·Comcast

4g speeds?

I thought that Clear could hit some pretty fast speeds with current 4G

Puck speed from the website:
3-6 Mbps Download and Up to 1 Mbps Upload

I wonder if it can go faster, but they are showing what the majority of 4G users get. If so, applause for good advertising practice.


chgo_man99

join:2010-01-01
San Jose, CA

3 edits
reply to xenophon

Re: 4G Only

agree,

try to use it on the commuter train from suburbs to the city, very frustrating

You will be constantly disconnected at hand-offs.

And when I live in suburbs and wanna use laptop outside home, I'll go to starbucks open till 12 am with free-wifi and nice couch chairs with tables.

Might use on sundeck but thats when only sun is not too bright and only few months a year.

In parks, beach - no who the hell carries there laptop? I'll use Iphone from my pocket if I need to check some information other than that I am there to enjoy the day.

In other places, lots of shops with wi-fi. Unless Clear/Rover offers good service for commuting its no good.

Clear for now has no use for me.



jweek
Premium
join:1999-08-27
Reno, NV

Yawn....

no coverage, this deal doesn't matter!



ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL
reply to Toguro

Re: Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.

my neighbor here in Evanston is getting 10mbps+ and ~100ms latency.

still sounds isolated.



w0g
o.O

join:2001-08-30
Springfield, OR
reply to axus

Re: 4g speeds?

Typical speed when I had it was 9Mbps-12Mbps down. The up is capped at 1Mbps usually, there were a few occasions during what were probably tests where it was uncapped and people got around 3Mbps-5Mbps up. This was a year ago in Portland, I hear people are getting upto 16Mbps (some users report rates as high as 20-30Mbps range even) more consistently these days...
--
www.aimless.us - irc.aimless.us channel #fix


hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
reply to Toguro

Re: Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.

lol....of what their current markets? its an issue that is local and no where else. why do people insist on bashing clear and their products?



Toguro

join:2003-10-23
Chicago, IL

1 edit

said by hottboiinnc:

lol....of what their current markets? its an issue that is local and no where else. why do people insist on bashing clear and their products?
Because i pay them 80.00 a month for less than 1mb worked fine for the first month then stopped. My sister pays 60 a month and cant make a voip call and i have been on the clear forums and people across the country are having the same problem.And why bash them and there products cause they don't work.
»forums.clear.com/clearcom/topics···sfn=true
»forums.clear.com/clearcom/topics···failures
»forums.clear.com/clearcom/topics···is_clear

Sarusan

join:2010-08-30
Seattle, WA

Pricing

Their prepaid service is priced the same as their post paid service, only difference is the lack of a 2 year contract and ETF.

Also, prepaid customers must purchase their CPE rather than having the option to leasing it ... but the costs are usually low because of specials and when calculated over a years time ... is actually cheaper.

But, don't trust their coverage maps if you plan to order service.

Instead, find someone who has service that will loan you their modem so that you can test your location .... and even that is no guarantee that you will receive a stable RF signal and good bandwidth ... I know from first hand experience!!

And don't count on customer or tech support ... it is virtually non-existant!!!

Management escalations? Forget it, just as worthless ... basically Clear's way of doing business is structured after any other McCaw operation such as Charter Communication ... they just want you to shut up and pay your bill even if your service does not work.


Sarusan

join:2010-08-30
Seattle, WA
reply to axus

Re: 4g speeds?

WiMax is capable of higher speeds but has to compromise in the number of users that it can support especially based on the providers back haul internet connection from the tower.

After almost 6 months of service, I am not impressed with the speed, quality or reliability of the service and can not wait to see how LTE form ATT/Verizon fares against WiMax.

But I am planning to switch back to DSL/Cable once I move in a few months ... at least they offer stable and reliable service for fixed locations.

From what I understand, the CPE that was issued for earlier WiMax services had much better reception and external antenna ports ... the new class of CPE does not and is frankly junk because their omni directional antennas are not very good and still sensitive to placement or alignment with the tower.