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Rover: Clearwire's New Prepaid Broadband Brand
Roll over. Fetch. Lure the 18-24 demographic. Good boy.
by Karl Bode 04:14PM Tuesday Aug 31 2010
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":
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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.

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Clever_Proxy
Premium
join:2004-05-14
Villa Park, IL

Stick it in

or puck around

your choice

Cjaiceman
Premium,MVM
join:2004-10-12
Parker, CO
kudos:2

Attention grabber

I have to admit, the first thing I saw when I loaded dslreports was that ad... Pricing isn't really that bad to be honest.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

4G Only

Clearwire needs to avoid these 4G only mobile devices. It's fine for fixed home modems but mobile devices definitely need 3G for backup. Wouldn't even begin to go there.

Sprint needs to offer a day/week/monthly option for 3G/4G phone tethering. That would be much more useful.

Clever_Proxy
Premium
join:2004-05-14
Villa Park, IL

Re: 4G Only

Agreed. 4G coverage is still in a swiss cheese state. It's been getting much better in my area, but I still don't rely solely on my 4G modem when I'm travelling in the area.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: 4G Only

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.
kaila

join:2000-10-11
Lincolnshire, IL
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.
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Jeff Howe
Jeff's Blog - »www.ostjournal.net
chgo_man99

join:2010-01-01
San Jose, CA

3 edits
agree,

try to use it on the commuter train from suburbs to the city, very frustrating

You will be constantly disconnected at hand-offs.

And when I live in suburbs and wanna use laptop outside home, I'll go to starbucks open till 12 am with free-wifi and nice couch chairs with tables.

Might use on sundeck but thats when only sun is not too bright and only few months a year.

In parks, beach - no who the hell carries there laptop? I'll use Iphone from my pocket if I need to check some information other than that I am there to enjoy the day.

In other places, lots of shops with wi-fi. Unless Clear/Rover offers good service for commuting its no good.

Clear for now has no use for me.

newview
Ex .. Ex .. Exactly
Premium
join:2001-10-01
Parsonsburg, MD
kudos:1

pretty dumb

"Rover"?

barf barf

Tzale
Proud Libertarian Conservative
Premium
join:2004-01-06
NYC Metro

Great Concept!

Not a bad idea... Could be a good option if you travel infrequently and need access to the internet while on the road.

I also have to admit that the slogan is quite interesting...

-Tzale

Toguro

join:2003-10-23
Chicago, IL

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/clearcom/topics···_3_weeks

ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL

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.

Toguro

join:2003-10-23
Chicago, IL

Re: Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.

And the fact people all across Chicago are complaining of the same thing ( almost full strength and no speeds ) means it's not a isolated incident.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH

Re: Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.

again that is your market. not anyone elses.

Toguro

join:2003-10-23
Chicago, IL

Re: Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.

Yes the third largest market in the country.

ArrayList
netbus developer
Premium
join:2005-03-19
Evanston, IL

Re: Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.

my neighbor here in Evanston is getting 10mbps+ and ~100ms latency.

still sounds isolated.
hottboiinnc
ME

join:2003-10-15
Cleveland, OH
lol....of what their current markets? its an issue that is local and no where else. why do people insist on bashing clear and their products?

Toguro

join:2003-10-23
Chicago, IL

1 edit

Re: Yay! Another Clear ad how much did you charge for this one.

said by hottboiinnc:

lol....of what their current markets? its an issue that is local and no where else. why do people insist on bashing clear and their products?
Because i pay them 80.00 a month for less than 1mb worked fine for the first month then stopped. My sister pays 60 a month and cant make a voip call and i have been on the clear forums and people across the country are having the same problem.And why bash them and there products cause they don't work.
»forums.clear.com/clearcom/topics···sfn=true
»forums.clear.com/clearcom/topics···failures
»forums.clear.com/clearcom/topics···is_clear
axus

join:2001-06-18
Washington, DC
Reviews:
·Comcast

4g speeds?

I thought that Clear could hit some pretty fast speeds with current 4G

Puck speed from the website:
3-6 Mbps Download and Up to 1 Mbps Upload

I wonder if it can go faster, but they are showing what the majority of 4G users get. If so, applause for good advertising practice.

w0g
o.O

join:2001-08-30
Springfield, OR

Re: 4g speeds?

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...
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Sarusan

join:2010-08-30
Seattle, WA
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.

jweek
Premium
join:1999-08-27
Reno, NV

Yawn....

no coverage, this deal doesn't matter!
Sarusan

join:2010-08-30
Seattle, WA

Pricing

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.