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Earthlink Lives On: Now a Clearwire WiMax MVNO
Offers New $30 (2GB) and $50 (4GB) Plans
by Karl Bode 12:36AM Tuesday Jun 25 2013
After being elbowed out of the industry by the dominant players years ago, Earthlink has stumbled around the industry like the family drunk, trying pretty much everything to stay afloat -- from Wi-Fi and broadband over powerline, to a return to a focus on dial-up connectivity back in 2009. Now the company is back again -- as a new WiMax MVNO on the Clearwire network. According to the company, they're offering two non-contract plans in an increasingly crowded field. One plan costs $30 and offers users 3 Mbps speeds with a 2 GB data allotment. The other plan offers users speeds of 6 Mbps with a 4 GB data allotment for $50 a month. Users can also by additional buckets 'o bytes: $5 for 500MB, $10 for 1 GB, or $17.95 for another 2GB of usage.

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FFH5
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Tavistock NJ
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Sprint abandons WiMAX and Earthlink wants it?

Looks like EarthLink is determined to hang on to their rep as the loser of the Internet. Jump on every sinking ship headed their way.
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redhat1968

join:2000-10-17
Appleton, WI

Re: Sprint abandons WiMAX and Earthlink wants it?

EarthLink has bought several companies lately...One Comm, New Edge, DeltaCom, and a bunch of smaller IT companies. They just bought a CA IT company a few days ago....

exNeN

@twtelecom.net

Re: Sprint abandons WiMAX and Earthlink wants it?

RIP NeN

battleop

join:2005-09-28
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I'm pretty sure you have no idea what you are talking about. Earthlink is a pretty strong CLEC/ISP now that they finally figured out that there is no money to be made in the consumer market. No matter what you do it's almost impossible to keep consumers happy no matter who you are or what you do.
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cramer
Premium
join:2007-04-10
Raleigh, NC
kudos:9

Re: Sprint abandons WiMAX and Earthlink wants it?

More than that, it's nearly impossible to get to the consumer! Only a telco can offer DSL. Only a cable co can offer cablemodems. Only a cellular co can offer 3G or "4G" internet. etc. etc.

The residential business world is a bunch of sparse islands ("monopoly" is word often used.) There are three ways into my home... the phone line, the cable line, (the power line, but that really doesn't work), and the air. DSL (phone line) is too distance sensitive. Cable works well, but has issues with capacity and infrastructure age (and management greed.) Wireless has all of those problems compounded -- slow, expensive, and if you actually *use it* insanely expensive.

Earthlink, like AOL, is from a different era. Unlike AOL, however, Earthlink moved to being a business ISP when the residential world evaporated.

dvd536
as Mr. Pink as they come
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Phoenix, AZ
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said by FFH5:

Looks like EarthLink is determined to hang on to their rep as the loser of the Internet. Jump on every sinking ship headed their way.

I thought that was AOL. Earthstink is #2 bottomfeeder.
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exRolmman

join:2010-02-11
Wilmington, NC

Also in the CLEC business

Earthlink purchased BTI Deltacom awhile back. They provide Pri's. T1's and SIP services as well as CPE telecom equipment in some acquired areas. They inherited fiber routes with this purchase too. In my area they even have a central office. So one could say they are diversified!!

skeechan
Ai Otsukaholic
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AA169|170
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1 recommendation

Why not buy direct from Clear...

...and get unlimited use for $50? I have both the mobile and fixed wireless plans from Clear and use several dozen GB a month with no overage fees or nasty grams.
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nonymous
Premium
join:2003-09-08
Glendale, AZ

Re: Why not buy direct from Clear...

If the Softbank/ New Sprint buyout of Clearwire goes through in July Clearwire should become even better. Do not think the New Sprint / Softbank will let them rot on the tree.

JimThePCGuy
Formerly known as schja01.
Premium,MVM
join:2000-04-27
Morton Grove, IL

1 recommendation

Why not just go direct to Clearwire?

What is their Value Add.
If the prices for the two plans in the article are correct they are both higher than what Clear offers direct.
Clearwire:
Unlimited 6Mbs/1Mbs = $49.95
2Gb 6Mbs/1Mbs = $19.95
BiggA

join:2005-11-23
EARTH

Re: Why not just go direct to Clearwire?

Exactly. There are way too freaking many of these Clearwire MVNOs.

BlueMagic

join:2008-03-30
Riverside, IL
said by JimThePCGuy:

What is their Value Add.
If the prices for the two plans in the article are correct they are both higher than what Clear offers direct.
Clearwire:
Unlimited 6Mbs/1Mbs = $49.95
2Gb 6Mbs/1Mbs = $19.95

Precisely. I use roughly 130 GB per month on Clear on the unlimited 6Mps/1Mps $49.95 plan. EarthLink is appealing to ignorant consumers.
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pkorx8

join:2003-06-19
San Francisco, CA

cheapest wimax mvno

Cheapest wimax mvno is freedompop, so i dont know why earthlink is fferring the same thing for more.
Virgin mobile mvno is nicely priced too if need 3g coverages, as their modems are 3g/wimax.

Oh_No
Trogglus normalus

join:2011-05-21
Chicago, IL

LOL

$30 for 2 GB?? WTF?
Whats up with the arbitrary download limits?
smcallah

join:2004-08-05
Home

Lives on?

Earthlink never went away. They've been available through Time Warner Cable as a 3rd party ISP over Time Warner's network for years. That hasn't gone anywhere. Heck, it's usually cheaper than Time Warner's Internet service for the same speed.