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Clear Lauches In Sacramento
As Company ramps up for Bay Area, LA launches
by Karl Bode 08:41AM Monday Nov 15 2010 Tipped by prestonlewis See Profile
Both Clearwire and Sprint have announced that they've launched Mobile WiMax service in the Sacramento, California market. According to Clearwire, there's about 1.2 million people covered by this launch, and according to Sprint -- this makes 62 markets now up and running with on their "technically not 4G" network. Clearwire's California ambitions are about to get significantly larger with Los Angeles and San Francisco launches in December. Los Angeles is supposed to go live on December 1, with The Bay Area going live "a few weeks later," according to the companies. The launches arrive as Clearwire is starting to make cuts including a 15% workforce cut due to growing cash concerns.

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flycuban

join:2005-04-25
Homestead, FL

Miami?

So Miami has been pushed back?

Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:42

Re: Miami?

Both Denver and Miami have been delayed. Not sure by how long.

FFH5
Premium
join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

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Re: Miami?

said by Karl Bode:

Both Denver and Miami have been delayed. Not sure by how long.
Sprint is still claiming to do Miami & Denver in 2010:

»newsroom.sprint.com/press_kits.c···kit_id=2
In 2010, Sprint expects to launch service in multiple markets, including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
Clear is also claiming the same thing:
»www.marketwatch.com/story/clearw···ews_stmp
By the end of 2010, CLEAR 4G will also be available in major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Denver, Miami, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: Miami?

yep. Columbus was taken off the list for this year. It's not even listed as "coming soon" on the Clear site.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Miami?

According to this, users are reporting WiMAX in Columbus....

»www.sensorly.com/Map/4G/USA/Sprint/wimax-sp

It might not be officially announced this year but it's already unofficially available.
Alann3

join:2010-11-05
said by hottboiinnc:

yep. Columbus was taken off the list for this year. It's not even listed as "coming soon" on the Clear site.


Maybe,

However:

Here's what I know as fact.

The Columbus Market is should be on-line in the first of 2011 Jan-Feb

Clear is building their sales dealer market now. Doing training etc.

Clear removed half of their Columbus Staff recently.

The Grandview / Upper Arlington area has at least one tower operation and should have more as I type this.

4G is accessible in the downtown near northwest Columbus area at this moment. The OSU area may or may not be available. And there was a live report of it operational in the Polaris area.

-Alan.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17
All the above unannounced markets already have _significant_ WiMAX coverage. It's just not officially announced yet. So it works, they're just not ready to market it yet.

»www.sensorly.com/Map/4G/USA/Sprint/wimax-sp
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
and on the upside. TWC is advertising service already in the Cleveland market. At least on those TV billboards. Says It's available but not according to Clear.

TKJunkMail
Premium
join:2005-12-09

Re: Miami?

said by hottboiinnc:

and on the upside. TWC is advertising service already in the Cleveland market. At least on those TV billboards. Says It's available but not according to Clear.
Saw one of those billboards in Columbus as well. Maybe it's just Sprint that's not ready.

EIEIOmax

@spcsdns.net
None of the markets have been pushed back

Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:42

Re: Miami?

None of the markets have been pushed back
That's not what I've read.

»www.fiercewireless.com/story/exc···10-10-05

Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) delayed the launch of its Clear-branded WiMAX service in Denver, according to a copy of a newsletter that was sent to Clearwire vendors in the Denver area by Clearwire's Brian Lanz and William Passan. The company is reviewing its site selection in Denver, and as a result decided to delay the Denver launch. The newsletter said the company is working to optimize its build plan "in order to deploy as efficiently as possible."

It appears that Denver may not be the only Clearwire market facing a delayed launch. According to TownHall Investment Research, Clearwire's Miami retail market launch is also being delayed and possibly San Francisco.

Read more: UPDATED: Clearwire delays Denver, Miami retail market launches - FierceWireless »www.fiercewireless.com/story/exc···5OcnkkdS
Subscribe: »www.fiercewireless.com/signup?so···Wireless

FFH5
Premium
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Tavistock NJ
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Re: Miami?

said by Karl Bode:

Read more: UPDATED: Clearwire delays Denver, Miami retail market launches - FierceWireless »www.fiercewireless.com/story/exc···5OcnkkdS
»www.fiercewireless.com/story/exc···5OcnkkdS
Clearwire spokeswoman Susan Johnston said that Clearwire remains on track to launch its WiMAX network in Denver and Miami by year-end, as previously announced.

Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:42

Re: Miami?

Ah, missed that. Thanks.

espaeth
Digital Plumber
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Minneapolis, MN
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said by flycuban:

So Miami has been pushed back?
I had coverage this weekend in Sunrise around the Sawgrass Mills mall area, so I'm guessing that Miami is still going to be launching soon.

cableties
Premium
join:2005-01-27

Rant- Weekly Clearwire junkmail...

I don't know about you, but I am trying to find out who is selling my name to these folks. I mean, every week I get a letter or mailer (Postal) to sign up for Clearwire. And it's not addressed to "resident".

Think Comcast (Xfinity) or even, ha...Verizon, is reselling their database? Or do you think they just bulk junkmail?

Sometimes I wish I had a fired-boiler...all this paper trash to burn. Recycle? meh...I am recycling it...back to carbon!

Hey...have a nice Monday!
dotditdot

join:2009-09-23
New York, NY

Re: Rant- Weekly Clearwire junkmail...

Same here, they've been filling my mailbox as well with their junk every couple of days for the last month (and it all goes to the recycler). I'm pretty diligent out being on various no-spam lists and limiting companies I do business with from re-selling my info.

I'd love to know who the culprit is in reselling my info to these guys given that they're clearly addressed by name.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: Rant- Weekly Clearwire junkmail...

it's called purchasing mailing lists. Chances are you're on one of the lists they purchase. They also can pull your name from public records that are listed online- the same way bill collectors find you.

and reselling your name/address isn't such a big deal. the only thing you get is more paper to toss in the recycling can. the thing they get is a higher postage bill. Why bitch about it?

If it bothered you that much you'd contact them and have them take you off their mailing list.
rahvin112

join:2002-05-24
Sandy, UT

Re: Rant- Weekly Clearwire junkmail...

Junk mail also keeps stamp prices down. The more junk mail the less the post office needs to charge for regular mail. I don't like junk mail much either but I accept that it keep the postal system running.

starreem
Premium
join:2000-12-22
Raleigh, NC
Clearly, they pay too much for those mailing lists. The one I get weekly is addressed to the previous owner of my home. I bought the house in 1991...
--
Vuja De - The feeling you've never been here before.

spewak
R.I.P Dadkins
Premium
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Elk Grove, CA
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Reviews:
·SureWest Internet

Just ordered

The iSpot for service here in Elk Grove and surrounding area.
No shipping, no activation fee and only $25 a month - to month, no contract.
--
The weekend is here, grab a can of beer!
chsteiger
Premium
join:2003-10-03
Pasadena, TX

Re: Just ordered

I'd love to know what you think of it. Please post back here your experience...

spewak
R.I.P Dadkins
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Reviews:
·SureWest Internet

Re: Just ordered

said by chsteiger:

I'd love to know what you think of it. Please post back here your experience...
Will do.
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The weekend is here, grab a can of beer!

BHNtechXpert
BHN Staff
Premium,VIP
join:2006-02-16
Saint Petersburg, FL
kudos:153
What you failed to take note of however was that if you cancel your (cough) "month to month" service anytime within two years you must cough up $65.00 to Clear. So much for no contracts eh... Anyone with questions about this PM me. I'm writing a complete "First Impression of Clear Tampa" now...should post soon.

pat78652

@clearwire-wmx.net

What you need to know.

I just got clear service in Austin TX.. I have had it for a week. my speeds have been erratic.
Here is what I have found out. I have a excellent signal but most time my speed or bandwidth usage is "equalized". This is straight from the engineers as Clear, my bandwidth usage was high enough that the transmitter equalized my service which meant slower speeds so that there was adequate bandwidth for the remaining users.
This means that the transmitting tower has to balance how it allocates it's bandwidth between all users. To do this it constantly monitoring usage and reduces the bandwidth of some users so it has enough bandwidth for others. If you are a heavy user your bandwidth will be capped when you try to use more bandwidth than the transmitter needs to reserve for use bandwidth for the other customers.
My suspicion is clear has oversold some areas and the bandwidth balancing is extreme, to the point where some users like me might be getting 1/10 the bandwidth we were promised. I call still download as much as I want but at a much more reduced speed. The water pipe analogy, They don't limit the amount of water you can get but they just give you a smaller diameter pipe. The effect is less waster. The only solution is increase the bandwidth of the transmitter of add another transmitter in the area.

The problem is the Clear sales people don't say explain this. They say they provide service at certain speeds and unlimited downloads but they don't say how severely your service can be "equalized" if you use to much bandwidth.

BaltoWatchy

@clearwire-wmx.net

Re: What you need to know.

It'd be interesting to know whether this is a RF allocation problem (i.e. only so much radio spectrum available at a single tower), a backhaul problem or a user policy issue. The first (RF) is trickier to solve.

In a modern ISP issues 2 and 3 shouldn't exist.

BHNtechXpert
BHN Staff
Premium,VIP
join:2006-02-16
Saint Petersburg, FL
kudos:153
Did you go month to month or contract? If you went month to month...you are in for a surprise if you decide to cancel before 2 years have elapsed. They slap you with a $65.00 cancellation penalty. So much for no contract eh? If you went contract and cancel early you pay only $40.00 but must return the equipment otherwise they charge you for the equipment as well. Just be aware that if you decide to take advantage of the so called 14 day return policy they will pro-rate the refund based on the number of days of usage (defined as from the day they ship the unit...not the day you activate it) subtracted from your first months service, the activation fee is NOT refunded regardless of whether it works or it doesn't work. For more details feel free to msg me.

Geminimind
Premium
join:2003-12-20
Sacramento, CA

Cool

I was using it months before they announced it was active.
JJV
Premium
join:2001-04-25
Seattle, WA

The Suck is spreading

The Suck seems to exist wherever you are.

anony12345yo

@sbcglobal.net

Faster than expected

My mom was in town visiting and had a Clear USB dongle.

70ms pings to Google, 1.5/750 roughly.

Geminimind
Premium
join:2003-12-20
Sacramento, CA

Re: Faster than expected

yeah its here but who will use it. It works ok in my area but still. I think it will fail because of in building coverage.