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Clearwire Testing Tiered Pricing Plans
2 GB for $20, 40 GB for $40, 'Unlimited' for $60
by Karl Bode 12:19PM Wednesday Dec 19 2012 Tipped by TBBroadband See Profile
Broadband Reports has confirmed that Clearwire is testing new tiered pricing plans in several new markets. Clearwire's new trial pricing plans offer users 2 GB of usage for $20, 40 GB of usage for $40, or an unlimited offering for $60. This is in contrast to existing pricing, that offers users two "unlimited" options: a $35 Internet Basic plan, or a $50 Internet plan. Both of those plans are throttled when users exceed undefined consumption limits.

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"What you’re seeing there is a trial we have underway in some markets to offer new tiered pricing plans in addition to our unlimited plan," Clearwire spokesman Mike DiGioia tells Broadband Reports. According to Clearwire, the trials are occurring in ten markets total: Charlotte, Minneapolis, Boise, Philadelphia, Wilmington, Trenton, Cleveland, Boston, Salt Lake City and Miami.

"We believe that these plans will give customers greater control of their broadband options by allowing them to select the plan that best fits their budget," Says DiGioia. "It’s important to note that we plan to continue offering unlimited usage plans and this is intended to expand the range of options and reach a broader base of potential customers with a wider variety of needs."

As we've noted, Clearwire does have a somewhat murky definition of the word unlimited, not only throttling users back to 256kbps for downloading as little as 3-5GB, but also kicking excessive users off the network entirely. These new plans may offer more clarity for users (and possibly lawyers) annoyed by Clearwire's seemingly arbitrary definitions of excessive consumption.

Granted none of this may be relevant for long, with Sprint rumored to be taking full ownership of Clearwire for $2.2 billion.

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sfsafd

@comcast.net

Both of those plans are throttled when users exceed undefine

NO Thanks, It's not worthy!!
houghe9

join:2008-02-27
Lexington Park, MD

1 recommendation

'unlimited'

Why do they still keep using 'unlimited'? we already have been raped by this term for years and now it is just sad they keep using it.

it is like going for all you can eat crab legs and recieving them frozen. i mean you can have unlimited but we never said they would be cooked. oh you want them cooked...that is going to cost you 5 dollars per cluster.

skeechan
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Regularly use 150GB+, never throttled

I'm one of the 5 people really happy with Clear's unlimited Wimax. I consistently get 10Mb speeds for $50. Thankfully my office is in an industrial area which probably doesn't see a lot of Wimax traffic so I have never been throttled. The slowest speeds I ever see is about 8Mb.

So there is no specific consumption limits before getting throttled. It appears to only happen in congested areas.

As far as switching from speed tiers to usage tiers, 40GB is okay for casual users. Currently the $35 deal gets you unlimited use (throttling aside) but 1.5Mb service. If you don't use over 40GB anyway, this would be an improvement.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: Regularly use 150GB+, never throttled

I was one of those customers as well. I never had a problem with "going over"

WiFiguru
To infinity... and beyond
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said by skeechan:

I'm one of the 5 people really happy with Clear's unlimited Wimax. I consistently get 10Mb speeds for $50. Thankfully my office is in an industrial area which probably doesn't see a lot of Wimax traffic so I have never been throttled. The slowest speeds I ever see is about 8Mb.

So there is no specific consumption limits before getting throttled. It appears to only happen in congested areas.

As far as switching from speed tiers to usage tiers, 40GB is okay for casual users. Currently the $35 deal gets you unlimited use (throttling aside) but 1.5Mb service. If you don't use over 40GB anyway, this would be an improvement.

Same here. I am in an area with limited users, so I constantly see 10-15Mbps. I am always over 50GB a month of use.
theFarm

join:2012-09-16
Washington, DC
You're not alone. My situation is nearly identical. Currently have all my devices, both home and mobile, hooked up to Voyager hotspot for $50 a month. Never has my service been this good, this cheap, and with fewer contractual restrictions.

I hope Sprint can maintain this level of service as its 4G network fully deploys.
houghe9

join:2008-02-27
Lexington Park, MD

competeing carrier and caps

If you roam on another carriers towers is that calculated into the cap? it was posted 150gb with no throttling and i was wondering how roaming is handled on a data plan.
it was explained to me that after you reach your limited unlimit with verizon your priority is dropped. how would that be handled on a competing carriers towers.

not trying to derail the thread.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: competeing carrier and caps

what roaming? for 3g??? Wimax from Clear doesnt roam.
rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
I think Clear is the only WiMax provider. It doesn't roam unless you have a dual-radio device that hops on 3G/2G GSM/CDMA.
TBBroadband

join:2012-10-26
Fremont, OH

Re: competeing carrier and caps

They're not the only Wimax provider, many ISPs use Wimax but they're the only national provider now. And they're roaming is on 3g and most likely with Spent.
houghe9

join:2008-02-27
Lexington Park, MD

Re: competeing carrier and caps

i guess i meant in general. should have asked in a different thread i think. i guess i am asking if you roam on atat towers does that go against your 5gb cap. if you are on limited unlimit can they throttle on a competitors towers.
Beans5

join:2005-07-16
united state

Typo Carl

I think there is a typo somewhere that says I can get 2 gigs for $20 or 40 gigs for $40, but in the story says 2 gigs or 4 gigs. Please fix Carl.

Bill Neilson
Premium
join:2009-07-08
Arlington, VA

Ah yes...the "Pay More, Get Less = More options" talk

Yes, consumers absolutely love it....the love "taking control" of their plans by having their wallets raped for little or no actual value.

Yes, we love it.
brianiscool

join:2000-08-16
Tampa, FL
kudos:1

"POWER USER"

Can I download 1TB a month. Is that a power user?

Eddy120876

join:2009-02-16
Bronx, NY

I would had jump on this if

Yeah my friends have clear for their net here in NYC no issue since they keep playing COD2 on the WiiU and xbox and no lag. Now if they would only have the service in NJ's shore i would had jump on it. Also they should make the 2GB under 15 and they would surely gain more customers. I know i don't work for then but had they implemented this price tiered they would win over more customers away from the big telcos

2GB-5 bucks
5GB-10 bucks
10GB-15 bucks
20GB-20 bucks
40GB-30 bucks
Unlimited GB-40 to 50 bucks

Twaddle

@sbcglobal.net

More horsecrap

So you get throttled performance because you exceeded an undefined limit which they call "unlimited". Guess it takes a degree in law to interpret the word "unlimited" to mean throttles performance for exceeding and unknown amount of data. These cretins are nothing but pustules looking for more people to infect.
More proof that the rule of law is rotted by the concerted agreement between corporate Amerika and the judicial system which condones such blatant deceit and outright lying.
tmc8080

join:2004-04-24
Brooklyn, NY

on the way..

to usage based billing they go.. this is a pre-text to a complete buy-out buy Sprint.. then Sprint will kill off unlimited leaving Tmobile/Metro no incentive to keep it..
megarock

join:2001-06-28
Catawissa, MO

Umm

NO. Sprint is buying them. Sprint and their subsidiaries are selling UNLIMITED plans that are LIMITED.

Shove off hosers.

nunya
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That's a shame

I was actually considering Clear for backup / additional bandwidth. I live in an area where Clear apparently has pretty good service. Their current plans are priced about right. But, $60/mo, even CenturyLink starts to look good. The problem is that everywhere Clear has good coverage, they are often dealing with cable and DSL competition.
At these proposed prices and caps, they probably won't get a second look from most folks who have DSL or Cable available.
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Pakapab
Premium
join:2002-03-17
Cap Haitien

speeds?

I didn't see mention of what speeds these new plans would offer.

WRGoebel

@nara.gov

Unlimited Defined:

You get unlimited 3G/4G connectivity to the internet. We never said you would get unlimited bandwidth, or download upload speeds. So we feel we can cap your Bandwidth / Speed at any figure we want to. We just have to give you connections to the internet anytime you want for the month of service you paid for, even if the speed is limited to 256Kb or less. Thank you for playing!

puddleglum

@xmission.com

Bits or Bytes

Given their reputation you have to ask if 2GB & 40GB are Bytes or Bits. Speeds are typically measured in bits, after all.

MrFiendish

@clearwire-wmx.net

I have concerns...

I got Clear the second they opened their first store in Philly and have had few complaints with their speeds or service. Clear doesn't even offer the plan I've got anymore. (3 devices, unlimited, $80 a month, no contract) And the plans they've got in place are way more for way less service, assuming these tiers get deployed fully. Routinely do 200+ GB a month in strict downloads, not counting streaming or gaming. The streaming is a mite hiccuppish, but since I just watch old shows that aren't in HD, I can drop down video quality to compensate. If they bump me towards their 'new' plans, I'll probably bail.

PamelaTS

join:2004-04-20
Dallas, TX
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·Clear Wireless

I am eagarly awaitin Jun 2013

June 2013 the contract I was not supposed to be under but for Clear shady reps is up, no etf and since I moved Cable is now an option and I'm fleein Clear as fast as I can.

Inconsistency in delivery (prob throttling) make it an very expensive option. Even in some of their excellent areas signal is poor.

Nothing will keep me, I'm gone. Counting down till June.
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JimThePCGuy
Formerly known as schja01.
Premium,MVM
join:2000-04-27
Morton Grove, IL

Existing plans grandfathered?

Anyone care to speculate if existing plans will be grandfathered? I'm on the $34.99 1.5Mb/0.5Mb Unlimited and it's perfect for my purposes.