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
. After buying BTI Deltacom and a few other companies, Earthlink's now got their hands in a multitude of operations, including selling business T1s.
Earthlink's latest reincarnation is as a Clearwire (Sprint) WiMax MVNO, the company recently announcing
a suite of new mobile plans in an increasingly crowded no contract field. One would assume that as Clearwire dissolves Earthlink will migrate these offerings to Sprint's LTE network.
Earthlink's mobile offerings come in two flavors. A $30 plan 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.
Now the company has announced they're launching a residential wireless offering to complement the mobile offering launched last June. According to an Earthlink press release
, EarthLink's 4G Internet-at-Home Standard Plan offering 3 Mbps speeds and 5GB of monthly data for $30. The company's Premium Plan will offer speeds of 6Mbps and 10 GB of monthly data.