Clearwire deserves more credit
I have an internal Clear Wi-max card in my laptop. I travel the US extensively for work and in most of the large cities without a stupid usb stick, an express card, or an ethernet cable I can open my laptop and be connected at DSL like speeds within seconds. I had both Sprint and Verizon Evdo cards before that and using them to browse the web was like trying to pour cold ketchup out of a jar.
If Clear had never taken the plunge to build their network Verizon and AT&T would have been content to sit back and milk their existing slow wireless networks for years to come. Granted Verizon LTE is awesomely fast but it wouldn't exist without Clear jumping out there and getting their build done. And how useful is a fast connection with a data cap? Stream two netflix movies and your done for the month.
We need Clear to survive and grow to keep AT&T and Verizon with their expensive data plans from milking American consumers dry. The best thing that we could see would be a 4G capable i-Phone for the Sprint / Clear network at a flat fee of $60 a month with no data cap! Make it happen Apple!
the rumor was the next iPhone (5) is suppose to be multi-band.- GSM, CDMA and others. But will it include WiMax it should only due to more $$$ for Apple. Although if HP was smart they'd do it with WebOS.
|reply to Turbo10019 |
I have the iPhone tethering plan with ATT and it works well. Wherever I get 3G (always in metro areas), I get better than DSL speeds (assuming DSL is defined as 1.5Mbps down).
About two years ago when Clear first stated they had coverage in my area, the wife of a guy at work was selling Clear plans. She let him pass around a demo modem to a bunch of coworkers. I took it home for the weekend and I couldn't get a signal unless I stuck it in a second-floor window on the east side. There I had two bars, 1000ms pings and about double dial-up speeds. It worked great at the office although the pings (~100ms) were nothing to crow about. Unfortunately, nearly half the folks who tried it at home were in some sort of "dead spot" in terms of coverage and they either couldn't get it to work at all or had a similar double-dialup-speed experience.
Since then Clear has added towers. However, I live on a hill and Clear maps, show I'm about a mile from two towers. Yet I don't qualify for "inside" coverage. They will only pen a mobile plan.
I'm rather disappointed with their coverage. They offer decent "mobile" coverage of a metro area but they are very picky about selling the fixed plans. Neighbors two blocks away from me are covered but I must have too many trees. This reminds me of how fragile satellite is and just put a bad taste in my mouth.
Perhaps if someone buys them and invests to eliminate dead spots, they'll have better success. In my opinion, I have plenty to complain about ATTs coverage but even they seem to be able to cover metro areas better than Clear.
And if you leave a Metro area -- forget clear whereas ATT has made some progress on 3G. Nothing like Verizon but a lot better than a couple years ago.
|reply to Turbo10019 |
I totally agree with you. I am so mad right now that no one is giving WiMAX a real shot. unlimited Data, it can indeed cover larger areas, enough people invest, and make them take top notch Fiber network to the tower, and only the best microwave @ best possible reception and data offload, and please do remember easier and faster deployment, rocks to rural areas where only dial up exist, or ultra slow and unmaintained DSL. i love it had i the money, interested investers i would build as many towers as possible with best effort in mind.
WiMAX High Speed
WiMAX Video? nice idea!!!!!