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Clearwire Launches More Markets In NY, CA, OR
Mobile WiMax network now reaches 44 markets
by Karl Bode 11:05AM Thursday Jul 01 2010
Clearwire today announced that the company has launched 4G Mobile WiMax service in Rochester and Syracuse, New York, Merced and Visalia California, and Eugene, Oregon. According to Clearwire, these launches push Clearwire past 44 markets -- with a number of major markets (including New York City) on tap for later this year. Clearwire offers a slew of different pricing options for home plans and mobile users with prices that range from $35 a month to $55 a month with speeds up to 6 Mbps downstream (occasional bursts up to 10 Mbps) for unlimited consumption. Of course Clearwire offers a number of different pricing bundles for those who want to combine home and mobile use and voice services. Before you buy, be sure to check out our user reviews of Clearwire service and ask questions in our Clearwire forum.

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WHT

join:2010-03-26
Rosston, TX
kudos:5

Unlimted...But with an AUP

said by »www.clearwire.com/company/legal/aup.htm :
Examples of uses that are not permitted include the continuous unattended streaming, downloading or uploading of videos or other files, maintaining an unattended or continuous uninterrupted connection to the Internet such as through a web camera or machine to machine connections that do not involve active participation by a person, or operating an Internet hosting service such as web hosting or gaming hosting.[/quote
talz13

join:2006-03-15
Avon, OH

1 recommendation

Re: Unlimted...But with an AUP

Sounds a lot like every other ISP's AUP
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Am getting 10-12Mbps sustained, up to 15Mbps

I typically get 10Mbps or more on a fixed Clear modem. On EVO phone, I tend to get 3-8Mbps.

»Best way to test network performance

This isn't the norm though. I live near a site and have LOS above the treeline. Plus, I'm in a newer market that has much more backhaul than earlier Clear markets. They are apparently using 100Mbps landline and 30-40Mbps microwave backhaul in newer cities. May take a while to upgrade earlier Clear cities.

If my site ends up being oversubscribed, I'll go back to TWC for home ISP if need be.
sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
kudos:1

Re: Am getting 10-12Mbps sustained, up to 15Mbps

said by xenophon:

I typically get 10Mbps or more on a fixed Clear modem. On EVO phone, I tend to get 3-8Mbps.

»Best way to test network performance

This isn't the norm though. I live near a site and have LOS above the treeline. Plus, I'm in a newer market that has much more backhaul than earlier Clear markets. They are apparently using 100Mbps landline and 30-40Mbps microwave backhaul in newer cities. May take a while to upgrade earlier Clear cities.

If my site ends up being oversubscribed, I'll go back to TWC for home ISP if need be.
Lol you post this on like every thread about WiMax. In that case... I'll indulge myself as well. I'm using a WiMax data stick in Japan right now, and despite getting only 2 bars and being on the edge of the service territory I get a consistent 6/.5 Mb international connection. I also download 100+ GB every month for $49/month. Yay.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Am getting 10-12Mbps sustained, up to 15Mbps

said by sonicmerlin See ProfileLol you post this on like every thread about WiMax. In that case... I'll indulge myself as well.
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Well not every, but when it makes sense to - maybe 4 times. It's working out OK but I'm just waiting for them to oversubscribe as Clear has a habit to. No biggy, will go back to TWC if I need to. Am getting better perfromance than TWC in the meantime.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: Am getting 10-12Mbps sustained, up to 15Mbps

EVERY ISP oversubscribes. It's called cost of doing business.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
and not 4times. Try 5times of basically the same comment for the same story.

en102
Canadian, eh?

join:2001-01-26
Valencia, CA
In Japan, data is cheap... but how much is rent ?

Frank
is chilling
Premium
join:2000-11-03
somewhere

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Re: Am getting 10-12Mbps sustained, up to 15Mbps

said by en102:

In Japan, data is cheap... but how much is rent ?
ALOT cheaper than rent in nyc.
--
At first I thought everyone on the highway was drunk but then I realized I was driving in Florida
xenophon

join:2007-09-17
I'm paying $40/month on Clear and getting 10-15Mbps, though they only market it to about 6Mbps.
sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
kudos:1
I pay about $250/month.
kem09030

join:2004-11-29
Rushville, IL
They are actually using 100 Mbps over microwave.

"The bottleneck for mobile wireless, is now the backhaul, says RCR Wireless. Currently most cell towers are fed by 4-6, T-1 lines at 1.5 Mbps each. AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile plan on running much more fiber to their towers and are eyeing microwave solutions.
Cellular speed is limited by your distance from the tower, signal strength, the number of people using the tower — and its backhaul capacity. A tower capacity of 10 Mbps, shared by 100 people, just doesn’t cut it anymore. Clearwire and Sprint use DragonWave microwave to deliver 100+ Mbps to their WiMAX towers."

»www.dailywireless.org/2010/06/30···ackhaul/

There is a lot more information in that article. Clear mentioned that total backhaul is going to have to be in the 500 Mbps range for each tower. Seems like they actually understand that people want to use the wireless connections and they have to be able to support it with the backhaul. That is radically different from some wireless companies out there.
chsteiger
Premium
join:2003-10-03
Pasadena, TX
said by xenophon:

On EVO phone, I tend to get 3-8Mbps.
But how is that 4G battery life!
rahvin112

join:2002-05-24
Sandy, UT

Re: Am getting 10-12Mbps sustained, up to 15Mbps

You don't think LTE is going to be any easier on the battery do you? The more data you push the more battery you will use, there is no way around that.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17
said by chsteiger:

said by xenophon:

On EVO phone, I tend to get 3-8Mbps.
But how is that 4G battery life!
With 4G turned off and wifi/3G on, EVO battery life is actually pretty good, better than my Pre, especially after an HTC update the other day.

With 4G on, I can't quite make it through the day but I tend to be near power between home/car/work. 4G is a battery muncher and they need a more efficient chipset. I'm able to get by since I tend to charge at work anyway.

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

Could you fix my Market? Please?

Made the horrible mistake of signing the two year contract. Chicago is full of holes and the service is horrible for gaming. I've been on the phone with support for countless hours. I recall a commercial stating "Smash the competition online" in regards to online gaming. Well I'm getting smashed by everyone else who has a connection that has lower latency than 100ms.

Maybe they should focus on improving the quality in their current markets before expanding into more.

Just sayin...
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Could you fix my Market? Please?

Yeah, I wouldn't get a contract until testing it out first. I'm not in a contract at all so that I can go back to TWC if need be. I only lose out on $90 modem cost, which can likely be sold.

I tried first with an EVO phone in hotspot mode and was getting around 7Mbps at home so thought I'd give Clearwire a shot. Am getting 10Mbps sustained, up to 15Mbps with a fixed modem that has MIMO antennas. Netflix HD streaming and gaming work great. Get about 50ms latency.

My concern now is will Clear oversubscribe the site near me.
Madtown
Premium
join:2008-04-26
Madera, CA

Xbox Live compatible?

Would anyone with Clear let me know if this is Xbox Live compatible?
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Xbox Live compatible?

Works fine with anything PS3 for me but not for everyone. It depends on how close your are to a site. I typically get 50ms to maybe 90ms latency, but I'm pretty close to a site. If far from a site, it may be 150ms or worse.

Clear has a 30 day trial and you can opt to do no contract if you buy the modem, about $90.

DoRight

join:2007-07-20
East Petersburg, PA

Re: Xbox Live compatible?

It's 14 days... Only market that is 30 days is Austin..
ebubman

join:2002-01-17
Mechanicsburg, PA

thinking about clear

clear recently went live in this area....prices are not bad. keep wondering if i should give them a try. do they have a trial period to see if the thing actually works @ your location?
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: thinking about clear

They do have a 30-day trial but better check clear.com to make sure what the terms are. I bought a fixed modem from Radio Shack but RS doesn't take the return, you have to send directly back to Clear.

If you know someone with an EVO phone, you might see if you could check that out at your place.

Another option is to use an EVO 4G phone as a WiFi hotspot as your home service if only person there. Could use a router as a repeater. I've tested it and was able to talk on phone at same time while streaming Netflix in HD. EVO hotspot is only $30/month. Downside is when you leave with phone, there is no internet service at home, which is why I decided to go ahead and get a fixed modem.