As we predicted, Clearwire's surprise announcement this week was a new prepaid wireless broadband product offering under the umbrella of a new brand. That new branding is "Rover," and appears aimed at a younger target market that loves blue hues and sexual puns. As for the pricing? Rover offers users $5 daily, $20 weekly, and $50 monthly prepaid service without a contract, though you'll need to either buy the company's $100 4G USB modem "Stick," or their $150 mobile 4G hotspot "Puck":
Rover's flagship device is the Rover Puck: an ergonomically designed portable Wi-Fi hotspot that lets you share broadband access, or "Puck", with up to eight devices at home, out on the town or nearly anywhere the feeling strikes you. . .The Rover Stick(TM) is a personal 4G USB modem that connects any notebook, laptop or desktop to the Rover 4G Service.
You'll of course want to check out Clearwire's coverage map before you go "pucking" around in markets where Clearwire doesn't have coverage yet. Clearwire/Rover/CLEAR 4G service is currently available in 49 markets across the United States, with the largest markets like New York, Los Angeles, Boston and San Francisco slated for launch before the end of the year.
Note that this is an unlimited service with no caps, though the Rover Acceptable Use Policy notes, the company will throttle users that engage in "excessive utilization of network resources" -- though what is considered "excessive" is not defined.
They'll only piss off users when they can't get a connection on the road, ultimately losing those customers. If they focus only on 3G/4G mobile devices, they'd likely have more interest and more long term success. This is simply going to fail.
Clear does have their own branded Spot 4G+ that does 3G - it's the same Sierra Wireless made device as Sprint's Overdrive. One hundred and fifty dollars less than Sprint to buy without a contract, and Five dollars less a month than Sprint charges. No daily or weekly pricing though. -- Jeff Howe Jeff's Blog - »www.ostjournal.net
Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.
I find reading through these post more intresting than another Clear press release. Did anyone catch the one about them telling the customer there speeds are slow because they have a crappy computer. »forums.clear.com/clearco ··· _3_weeks
2010-Aug-31 4:34 pm: ·
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Re: Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.
not everyone has problems with the service. i think thats what your missing.
Typical speed when I had it was 9Mbps-12Mbps down. The up is capped at 1Mbps usually, there were a few occasions during what were probably tests where it was uncapped and people got around 3Mbps-5Mbps up. This was a year ago in Portland, I hear people are getting upto 16Mbps (some users report rates as high as 20-30Mbps range even) more consistently these days... -- www.aimless.us - irc.aimless.us channel #fix
WiMax is capable of higher speeds but has to compromise in the number of users that it can support especially based on the providers back haul internet connection from the tower.
After almost 6 months of service, I am not impressed with the speed, quality or reliability of the service and can not wait to see how LTE form ATT/Verizon fares against WiMax.
But I am planning to switch back to DSL/Cable once I move in a few months ... at least they offer stable and reliable service for fixed locations.
From what I understand, the CPE that was issued for earlier WiMax services had much better reception and external antenna ports ... the new class of CPE does not and is frankly junk because their omni directional antennas are not very good and still sensitive to placement or alignment with the tower.
Their prepaid service is priced the same as their post paid service, only difference is the lack of a 2 year contract and ETF.
Also, prepaid customers must purchase their CPE rather than having the option to leasing it ... but the costs are usually low because of specials and when calculated over a years time ... is actually cheaper.
But, don't trust their coverage maps if you plan to order service.
Instead, find someone who has service that will loan you their modem so that you can test your location .... and even that is no guarantee that you will receive a stable RF signal and good bandwidth ... I know from first hand experience!!
And don't count on customer or tech support ... it is virtually non-existant!!!
Management escalations? Forget it, just as worthless ... basically Clear's way of doing business is structured after any other McCaw operation such as Charter Communication ... they just want you to shut up and pay your bill even if your service does not work.