Clearwire's 'Clear' WiMax service hits Oregon
Already up and running in Baltimore, Clearwire's "Clear" WiMax service just went live in Portland, Ore., making it the "Fastest City in the West." Hold for applause.
And now we're getting a clear (nyuk nyuk) look at the pricing plans. Here's the breakdown, from clear.com:
- $10 for a 24-hour pass
- $30 a month for 200MB of data.
- $40 a month for 2GB.
- $50 a month for unlimited data.
For a service that's likely to supplant home and mobile broadband service, $50 a month for unlimited data isn't too bad. It will be interesting to see how the pricing structure holds up when the service takes hold with mobile phones. That there aren't really any phones out there that use WiMax is a whole 'nother ball of wax. Though there is that Russian HTC Max that we‘re still drooling over.
That said, right now we've got two major cities with the 4G capability spawned from Sprint's XOHM service, and eight more reportedly will go online this year.
Full news release after the jump.
Clear(TM) Transforms Portland into the Fastest Unwired City in the West
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] and Intel Showcase Mobile WiMAX Capabilities throughout the City
"Let's Be Clear" Campaign Launched in Portland
PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 6, 2009--Clearwire
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] (NASDAQ:CLWR) today officially transformed Portland into the fastest unwired city in the West, and home to one of the first 4G WiMAX wireless broadband services in the world, called Clear(TM). With Clear, consumers and businesses can access the Internet wirelessly, at true broadband speeds ? at home, in the office, around the Portland metro area, and on the go.
"Today is a historic day for the evolution of mobile computing and communications services in Portland, and the U.S.," said Benjamin G. Wolff, chief executive officer of Clearwire
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] . "Clearwire
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] is reinventing wireless by delivering an unmatched combination of Internet speed and mobility. We're providing a valuable service designed to improve our customers' productivity and make their lives more enjoyable, wherever they happen to be in our coverage area."
"WiMAX is a new wireless technology that raises the bar on a truly mobile and affordable Internet experience for consumers," said Sean Maloney, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer at Intel Corporation
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:INTC ]] . "Intel
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:INTC ]] , along with Clearwire
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] and its partners, are proud to bring U.S. customers a next-generation world-leading broadband solution that redefines how, when and where consumers interact with the Internet."
A Clear Difference
The true value of Clear is the ability to get more out of the day from anywhere in the Clear coverage area. One simple service, at one low price, can meet our customer's needs at home, in the office, or on the go. Whether it's a busy parent catching up while waiting to pick up a child from practice, a small business owner staying productive at the office and out with a client, or a college student looking for broadband on a budget, Clear offers customers more for less.
Clear's simple and innovative pricing gives customers ultimate flexibility. Clear's mobile, residential and business plans can be purchased by the day or by the month, and do not require long term service contracts. Home Internet service plans start at
[[ money ]] $20 per month, while mobile Internet plans start at
[[ money ]] $30 per month, or customers can purchase a convenient day pass for
[[ money ]] $10. Additional savings are available for customers that purchase both home and mobile Internet services or that sign up for a two-year service agreement. Full details about pricing options are available at www.clear.com.
Unlike other wireless services, Clear delivers a "True Broadband" experience, with up to 6 Mbps download speeds with the Clear residential modem, while mobile Internet customers can expect to receive up to 4 Mbps download speeds.
Simply Plug-In and Go
Clear is making it easy for customers by offering several simple choices for broadband connectivity. Mobile users simply plug-in Clear's compact, mobile WiMAX-enabled USB modem into their laptop to get online. The USB modem, from Motorola
[[ orgid value NYSE:MOT ]] , is available for only
[[ money ]] $49.99. Customers can purchase the modem from a store or online, and activate service at their convenience, anywhere in Clear's coverage area.
For residential service, Clear offers customers a wireless high-speed modem that is about the size of a small book. Customers simply plug the modem into a power outlet anywhere in their home or office and connect the modem to their PC. This enables consumers and businesses to install high-speed Internet service without the need to schedule an appointment, drill holes in their walls, or otherwise disrupt their day. The Clear residential modem, from Motorola
[[ orgid value NYSE:MOT ]] , can be leased for just
[[ money ]] $4.99 monthly.
Leading PC OEMs including Acer, Asus, Dell
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:DELL ]] , Fujitsu
[[ orgid value Tokyo:6702 ]] , Lenovo
[[ orgid value HongKong:0992 ]] , Panasonic
[[ orgid value NYSE:PC ]] , Samsung and Toshiba
[[ orgid value Tokyo:6502 ]] have announced plans to deliver Intel(R) Centrino(R) 2 processor technology-powered notebook computers with embedded WiMAX technology that will be compatible with the Clear network in the first half of this year. Several OEMs also plan to offer Intel(R) Atom(TM)-based netbook models with embedded WiMAX that will also support the Clear network.
Grand Opening Events at Clear Retail Stores
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] will hold grand opening events at its three Portland retail stores from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 10th. The stores are located at: 15th and Broadway, 92nd and Sunnyside (Clackamas Promenade), and Burnside and 23rd Place (Uptown Shopping Center). In addition, Clear will offer chances to win netbook computers, Blazers tickets and gift certificates from local area retailers.
Let's Be Clear(TM)
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] also launched a series of marketing and advertising initiatives this week introducing the company's "Let's be Clear" campaign in Portland. Customers now have several ways to purchase service, including: new Clear store locations throughout Portland, other area dealers and retailers, or directly via the Web at www.clear.com, which also provides a convenient store locator.
As part of a multi-year network build-out plan, Clearwire's
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] 4G network will be available in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. It is currently available in Baltimore, Maryland, and Portland, Oregon. The Baltimore market currently operates under the XOHM(TM) brand, but it will be re-branded with the Clear brand in the coming months. Clearwire
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] currently offers pre-WiMAX Internet services in 46 markets throughout the United States. The company will announce roll-out plans for future markets and upgrade plans for existing pre-WiMAX markets early this year.
For more information about Clear, visit www.clear.com. Detailed company information about Clearwire
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] is available at www.clearwire.com.
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]]
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] , (NASDAQ:CLWR), offers a robust suite of advanced high-speed Internet services to consumers and businesses. The company is building the first, nationwide 4G mobile Internet wireless network, bringing together an unprecedented combination of speed and mobility. Clearwire's
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] open all-IP network, combined with significant spectrum holdings, provides unmatched network capacity to deliver next generation broadband access. Strategic investors include Intel Capital, Comcast
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CMCSA ]] , Sprint, Google
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:GOOG ]] , Time Warner Cable
[[ orgid value NYSE:TWC ]] , and Bright House Networks. Clearwire
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] currently provides mobile WiMAX-based service, to be branded Clear(TM), in Baltimore and Portland, and provides pre-WiMAX communications services in 50 markets across the U.S. and Europe. Headquartered in Kirkland, Wash., additional information about Clearwire
[[ orgid value NASDAQ-NMS:CLWR ]] is available at www.clearwire.com.
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$30 a month?? In THIS economy?
If it was $10 a month (or less!!), I might go for it.
IF it worked!!
It's a little slower than DSL.
I'm in 97206 off 60th and Foster. Their linked up with sprint cellular antennae. It'll keep getting stronger and probably get more expensive once they get their shit together.
And my download speed is 166.5 kB/s, which is far less than the 6Mb/s I am paying for. I live on the 9th floor downtown (Pearl Dist), but I can see the Vancouver fireworks from my window. [Mt St Helens on a clear day]
Apparently Clear doesn't have any towers in that direction. Maybe I am on the wrong side of the building, huh?
I don't know how well this is gonna work-out for me, I have only had the service for about ten days. (But I supposedly have a two-year contract)...
But if I get too annoyed, I will point-out that I am getting less than 5% of what I am paying for...
We'll see if they get more towers and power once the get more customers.