Paul Kapustka over at Sidecut Reports directs our attention to the fact that Clearwire has updated their Clear Mobile WiMax coverage maps with a few changes that users might find helpful. It looks like Clearwire has layered Clearwire engineering network-performance graphs on top of a Google Map -- allowing you to see more precise coverage gaps (including where towers aren't, and even highlighting areas that might see poor indoor reception) -- something we know some of you had complained about. The result is considerably more nuanced coverage maps in an era where Verizon and AT&T have spent a lot of time bickering over whose was bigger and better. Now all Clearwire has left to do is get that network built, right?
Philadelphia Coverage is still very spotty. They need more. My location has coverage on either side of me but not where I am at. There is a Cell Tower just down the street from me but Clear not using is as of yet. How will the WiMax phone will work when Clear introduce them later this year with such coverage? I would be interested in the phones and the features they going to have. I not sure I willing to give up my Fios connection yet for the home service.
Well thats what you get with using 2.5 ghz without a tower/access point at every intersection like muni-wifi.
2010-Apr-28 4:18 pm: ·
darcilicious Cyber Librarian Premium join:2001-01-02 Forest Grove, OR kudos:4
Better but not perfect ;)
That's definitely a step in the right direction. They had a town or two completely mis-labeled in my neck of the woods that wasn't ever corrected even after I emailed them about it. Twice. That just made me doubt the accuracy of their coverage in my area as well.
Now they just need to fix this new snazzy version so that when I use the zip for my town, the pin doesn't end up a few miles north outside of town
The former Xohm areas of Baltimore are still nowhere to be found on Clear's website. Quite frustrating. I know they're out there from having looked at the old Xohm site, but that no longer exists and they seem to have forgotten about it.
Try sprint.com 4G They still list Baltimore. I'm in NY but went to Baltimore March 09 and tested XOHM with my Nokia N810 WIMAX with a $5 (promo) daypass. Very impressive. Now (like you say) the XOHM site is gone, Clear does not mention Baltimore. And worse they don't seem to have daypasses anymore. Also from what I read the Nokia might not work with Clear either. And the Samsung(?) thingy they had is not listed anymore. Very sad. Klaus Ernst
The engineering surveys may show a signal but it doesn't mean you'll have service on the fringes.
The service is fine where you have coverage but they didn't handle the Milledgeville GA rollout worth a flip. The areas that are dying for service aren't served. They covered downtown (few residences) and some low-income areas very nicely. The people who want and can pay for the service are SOL.
BTW, if you want Clear, buy it from their website. The deals are better than any local schmoe who got convinced to sell their product. -- John M - Cranky network guy
The map just sucks. I wish I could get my hands on the real engineering maps. A Clearwire tech came to my house and they have a google earth overlay that shows the location of each antenna, active and in testing, and the direction they are pointing with gaps that are caused by the directional antennas they use. Now that would be useful!
It is so funny.....they have not integrated XOHM coverage areas in Baltimore with Clear's maps. They have changed over the hardware from XOHM modems to Clear modems. There is great coverage over a wide area of Baltimore but if you enter those zip codes like 21201, 21202, 21286, 21231, 21224, 21217 etc (which have great indoor coverage), you get message that there is no Clear coverage. They are really shooting themselves in both feet! They will get new customers only by word of mouth (people talking to people with good coverage then buying) in B'more. Maybe Comcast will prod them out of their slumber in Baltimore.
Oh. My. Gosh. They are *literally* across the road, a fact I didn't know until I saw this new coverage map. This new knowledge TOTALLY blows me away.
I have to call them now. I cannot believe Clear is literally across the street!!! I have been looking for an alternative to Verizon when my grandfathered Alltel contract winds down this fall. I will beg, borrow and just short of steal to find an alternative that doesn't saddle me with an insane 5G cap! I'll install an antenna on my 2-story if I have to!