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Earthlink Offers At Home Wireless Broadband
by Karl Bode 08:28AM Friday Sep 13 2013 Tipped by FastEddie See Profile
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.

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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.

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FFH
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Why?

With WiMAX and Clearwire about to disappear from the marketplace and be eaten by Sprint's march to LTE, why offer a WiMAX product? Will Sprint still deal with EarthLink once the conversion of Clearwire spectrum to LTE is completed?

Karl Bode
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Re: Why?

I'd assume the understanding will be they'll migrate the service to become a Sprint LTE MVNO, but I'd hate to be a non-tech savvy consumer who buys this WiMax gear to only find this out later.

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Re: Why?

Even though WiMAX is not the latest and greatest I still consider it the 3G of what HSPA is to LTE. The distance and speeds of WiMAX can still benefit many applications even if it's not for residential use. Plus it gives customers another option. The data allotments are the real issue here.
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The only thing is; it's going to take YEARS -at least 3 before the Clear network is even ready to be moved over fully. And Sprint is still bringing on more partners to the Wimax Network. Even Sprint's own customers are still on it. And said it has at least 3 years left. And 3 years to Sprint is about another 10 years after the first announcement.
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heh

So, they are offering wimax to a handful of people?

This will end well..
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Re: heh

Sprint could have given them access to the LTE network that still is only a handful of people; but at least the CLEAR network is built out in major metro areas for the most part and works. ELink can move those customers over later.
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Re: heh

Sprints LTE network is building out quickly! I even have it at my location now.. Verizon has lte in the area, but the signal here sucks, ATT recently turned their lte on here, and sprint turned it on with a solid coverage.. Their lte network is going to if not already outpace the wimax in no time.. I don't even have access to dsl or cable at my house and I got it...
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Re: heh

The network is being built, but they cut the number of pops by the end of the year- it was posted not to long ago by Karl. But when you factor in a network that barley covers 2% of the Sprint footprint or even Metro areas, Clear makes sense at this point for Earthlink or any partner that wants to start offering NOW due to the cut over period will be at least 3 years or like I said; 3 years in Sprint years means another 10.

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Re: heh

And the closest that Clear's Wi-Max gets to Springfield MA is Enfield CT. And Clear's network is more clustered around Hartford. Maybe when Sprint rolls over to LTE, they'll expand 4G into Springfield. But VZW upgraded Springfield to 4G in the first year that they were rolling out 4G LTE.

I'd take LTE over Wi-Max.
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Re: heh

Sorry, but just because Springfield doesn't get Wimax doesn't mea much. Most of the country doesn't have WiMax- let alone Sprint LTE. Sprint hasn't even upgraded many of their major markets let alone worrying about Springfield or Enfield (Home to LEGO NA ). It's the fact of Wimax is NOT going anywhere anytime soon and it will be what MVNOs use for the time being; including Sprint.

Also have you tried Wimax from Clear? Try 12meg+ downloads without actual caps - only caps and throttling happened in congested areas for $45 per month. Something nobody else would touch on wired let alone wireless. This is something Sprint will end up killing.