Clearwire late Thursday gave an indication as to the scope of its initial LTE network launch for mid-2013. A total of 31 market areas would be covered during the launch period. The deployment would include several major cities, among them Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle.
Best Buy to shut down Connect business on June 1
Best Buy Connect, the branded mobile 3G and 4G data service that went live in June of 2010 is now being discontinued, Engadget learned. A leaked memo indicates that new activations will no longer be accepted, effective immediately. Current customers will see their service end on June 1.
NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband goes live
NetZero took a different direction Monday by starting up its own 4G service. Its Clearwire-sourced WiMAX is contract-free and has the unique choice of picking either a basic (1Mbps/384Kbps) or full-speed (10Mbps/1.5Mbps) access plan, even having the option to switch over the web. The service also lives up to the company's once historic practice of offering service: those who buy a modem can get 200MB of data each month for free for a year, with the device price already covering the cost.
Stick Atlas is first plug and play 4G USB modem
Clear has just introduced its latest USB modem, the Stick Atlas. It comes billed as the first that doesn't require any software to be installed, and gives users access to Clear's WiMAX network more quickly as a result The modem is compatible with Macs and Windows PCs, but also Linux, Chrome OS, and Android devices with a free USB port.
Google offloads Clearwire share for unknown reason
Google in an SEC filing posted last week but discovered Friday that it had sold off its stake in 4G provider Clearwire. Two sales on February 7 and 16 were collectively worth $47 million on the assumption of selling 29.4 million shares at $1.60 each, or less than Clearwire's $2.27 actual price as of the end of Thursday. No explanation was given for the exit.
Clearwire sets timeline for LTE rollout
Clearwire chief Erik Prusch in comments during his company's fiscal results call Thursday set a timeframe for its move to LTE for 4G. He expected an initial round of 5,000 sites to switch on by June 2013. The currently WiMAX-only provider is planning to use TD-LTE on top of WiMAX and will focus mostly on heavy population areas where data use is most likely.
H2O Bolt offers unlimited 4G without a contract
H2O Wireless, once known as O2 Wireless, has taken live what it claims is the first prepaid 4G unlimited Internet access with its Bolt 4G Unlimited plan. The $50 rate both sheds contracts and 'secret' fees such as activation. The company is hoping to match Clear's rates for WiMAX with as much simplicity as possible.
Clear Spot Voyager and Hub Express kick off 2012
Clearwire's still growing Clear 4G service got refreshed devices for the new year on Monday. The Infomark-made Clear Spot Voyager reinterprets its mobile hotspot and touts a relatively long six-hour battery life for its WiMAX sharing. It can reach as many as eight Wi-Fi devices at once and, at 2.6 inches square, is meant to be pocketable.
Clearwire starts recovering with cost cuts
Clearwire on Tuesday showed a significant recovery from near death with early estimates of its results. It swung from a loss in the summer to net positive earnings in the fall, owed directly to adding more subscribers and cost-cutting. The 4G provider expected to have gained 900,000 total customers, or an 11 percent jump just in one season.
Clearwire escapes debt default with Sprint deal
Clearwire got a last-minute reprieve Thursday after Sprint confirmed a rumored last-minute financing deal. The 4G service is getting both debt assistance to pay off its $237 million owed on Thursday as well as up to $350 million to help Clearwire transition over to LTE. Under the new terms, most of the payments will come during 2012, although Sprint now also has to guarantee use of Clearwire's outgoing WiMAX network through 2015 or later.
Clearwire jumps to LTE as main 4G
Clearwire up-ended WiMAX with news Wednesday that it would make LTE and LTE Advanced its primary 4G formats. The rollout will give it peak speeds of 120Mbps or more using the same 2.5GHz frequencies and network that it already uses. While it will be LTE at first, it will be upgradeable to LTE Advanced when it becomes available and hit "at least" 100Mbps.
Clear 4G-Apollo router goes live after leaks
Not long after an FCC filing, Clear has unveiled a new-generation 4G hotspot. The Spot 4G-Apollo carries its own display to show its connection strength, battery life, amount transferred and other info without needing a look at a browser. It can handle up to eight simultaneous devices over Wi-Fi and has an unusually long six-hour battery life.
Clear Spot 4G router supports up to eight devices
Clear, who operates the 4G WiMAX network, has branded a 4G hotspot with an LCD display, as revealed by an FCC report. Manufactured by Gemtek, the device carries the WIXFMM-122 model number, but it's more likely the device will be known as the Clear Spot 4G when it arrives. It is said to support up to eight devices with its Wi-Fi connection.
Samsung 9 Series appears in FCC filing
Samsung's 9 Series notebook got closer to its US launch late Friday with a listing for tests at the FCC. Broadcom put the ultrathin PC testing for its wireless technology. The listing didn't divulge specific features beyond the 900X3A badge for the model being put through approval.
Clearwire chairman McCaw leaves today
Clearwire in an SEC filing revealed that its board chairman Craig McCaw was leaving the company on Friday. The executive had given the company just two days' notice and didn't give a personal reason. His exit wasn't due to disagreements with the company, the WiMAX company said in its official point of view.
Clear stops selling iSpot router after four months
A Clear representative said this afternoon on the carrier forums that the iSpot 4G was being phased out. Only some retail stores still have stock of the Apple-specific router and will stop sales altogether once they run dry. Any remaining hotspots will be used to replace broken ones under warranty.
Clear iSpot derestricted with web hack
Clear's iSpot router was given a simple crack today that would let it work on more than just iOS devices. iSpot Unrestricted 2.0 requires just two clicks and a reboot to both allow any Wi-Fi device to share the 4G connection as well as to switch on USB tethering and prevent the device from reverting back to its earlier state through an automatic firmware update. A previous delimiter had already existed but didn't work with the same simplicity.
Sprint Network Vision unifies 3G and 4G sites
Sprint today unveiled a major new plan to upgrade its network and simplify it at the same time. Nicknamed Network Vision, it will replace the separate sites for 3G and 4G with single, multi-mode sites that provide CDMA, EVDO and WiMAX from a single point. The switch should reduce the amount of extra cell sites Sprint needs to run but also improve coverage by letting it put 4G on existing points.
Clear exec compares Verizon 4G service
On his blog this week, Clearwire's Chief Commerical Officer Mike Sievert criticized Verizon's data caps on its LTE network that's due to debut on December 5. Sievert believed next-generation 4G networks need to offer speed, capacity and value, and while Verizon will offer the speed, he says it will lack in the other two categories. Clear's WiMAX service offers all three, Sievert said.
Sprint says 4G up in LA by end of November
Sprint's Corporate Communications spokeswoman Stephanie Vinge gave a quick update that WiMAX service would go live in Los Angeles by December 1. The figure narrows a looser end-of-year goal and follows after New York City. San Francisco and other areas don't yet have definite targets.
Clearwire starts major job cuts, stops phone plans
Clearwire today reported major losses that prompted it to take dramatic action and conserve its resources. After a net loss of $564.6 million, the 4G service said it would take "cash conservation measures" and cut 15 percent of its entire workforce. The plan will also see it delay plans for its own smartphones and stop development of future retail stores. It characterized itself as an "early-stage" network for whom losses were part of its growth phase, but it also warned that problems were immediate and that there were no guarantees it could survive past mid-2011.
Sprint 4G due for NYC Nov 1, LA and SF in December
Clearwire, Sprint and today finally committed themselves to launching their WiMAX-based 4G services in three of their most important markets. The companies will launch their flagship New York City access, along with rebranded Time Warner Cable service, on November 1. All will have a fallback to 3G for devices like the HTC Evo 4G or Overdrive routers that have both 3G and 4G onboard.
Toshiba R700 adds 4G support in US
Toshiba in the night launched 4G-capable versions of the Portégé R700. The 13-inch ultralight's new variants have a built-in WiMAX modem to get faster Internet access on either Clear or Sprint. The new models are all uprated as well with least a 2.4GHz Core i5 processor.
Clear to soon launch 4G home modem as per FCC
A new 4G modem from Clear has appeared undergoing FCC testing recently. The device is unique compared to the two other Clear 4G modem offerings in that it does not have a built-in battery and won't be useful for mobile use. It gets Ethernet and what appears to be a VoIP phone jack instead, and as usual retains Wi-Fi to share the 4G connection with wireless devices.
Rover 4G and Puck hotspot open prepaid 4G
Clearwire today kickstarted prepaid data today by launching a new service, Rover, and launching a new hotspot to match. The approach is based solely on time rather than data and gives unlimited WiMAX within a given period: users can pay as little as $5 for a single day, $20 for a week or $50 for a whole month. Rover is built with a younger audience in mind and can be activated or extended with Re-Up prepaid cards rather than having to use a credit card.
Virgin Mobile to land unlimited data
Virgin Mobile this weekend prematurely confirmed a major revamp of its Broadband2Go data plans that could see a return to real unlimited data. Rather than the four plans offered today, it would simplify to just a $40 unlimited monthly plan and a $10, 100MB 10-day plan. IntoMobile has added through a leaked memo that the changes will go live on August 24.
WiMAX 2 finalizing soon with 100Mbps speeds
Intel's upcoming WiMAX 2 standard should be much faster than the existing standard in practice, the WiMAX Forum's marketing lead Declan Byrne said this weekend. Existing WiMAX often tops at just 3-6Mbps according to estimates from Clear and Sprint, but the new 802.16m version should provide average speeds over 100Mbps, Byrne told Computerworld. Range would be the same as it would use the same frequencies, such as the 2.5GHz band in the US.
Philly and SF seen in Verizon's first 4G wave
A new scoop has revealed that the first wave of Verizon's 4G rollout should touch Philadelphia and San Francisco. The two pinpointed by BGR would be some of the largest among the 30 cities due to get LTE networks by the end of the year and support beliefs that Verizon is targeting the largest cities first. Others mentioned in the past have included Atlanta and New York City.
Clearwire to test out 2.5GHz LTE late this year
Clearwire heightened competition in 4G this evening by saying it would start trials of LTE (Long Term Evolution) late this year. Tests in Phoenix, Arizona will check the viability of service on the existing 2.5GHz band Clearwire uses for WiMAX. The experiment will also check the possibility of dual-mode LTE and WiMAX devices and will often use the same Samsung base station equipment.
4G hotspot supports up to eight devices
Clear is offering an Apple-themed version of its Spot 4G mobile router. Known as the iSpot, the pocket device is billed as "Apple-friendly" and supporting the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. However, the iSpot doesn't offer any additional Apple-specific functionality and still supports other Wi-Fi devices.
Sprint, Clear bring 4G to cities in three states
Wireless provider Sprint and its 4G partner Clear on Monday said they have expanded the network coverage of their WiMAX network to some cities in California, Delaware, Florida and Michigan. The service launches today in Modesto and Stockton in California; Jacksonville in Florida; Wilmington, Delaware; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 4G service on either network provides about 3Mbps to 6Mbps in real-world downstream speeds.
Rover Puck 4G router hits FCC
Clearwire is nearing the addition of an extra compact 4G router on top of its slightly larger Spot 4G models. The Rover Puck has turned up at the FCC for approval and would be very small with a namesake thin, circular design measuring just a few inches in diameter. It would nonetheless tap into Clear's WiMAX network and share it with multiple devices over Wi-Fi.
Sprint, Clearwire bring 4G to three new markets
Sprint and Clearwire on Monday announced they have launched their 4G mobile broadband service in three new markets, including Richmond in Virginia as well as Salt Lake City in Utah and St. Louis in Missouri. Sprint now brings its 4G service to 36 larger urban centers in the US, which can be accessed using the HTC Evo 4G, modems, routers and some notebooks.
Sprint ships 3G/4G USB modem for business users
Sprint on Tuesday began offering the 3G/4G USB 250U mobile broadband modem from Sierra Wireless. The hybrid modem is the first of its kind for Sprint to support Mac OS X and has a 180-degree rotating hinge for an obstruction-free fit even on notebooks like the MacBook Air. The modem also has an integrated GPS feature that brings navigation and mapping info when connected to Sprint's 3G network. Clear introduced the same modem last week under a different name.
Intel notebooks at Best Buy get WiMAX modules
Clearwire said on Monday that its high-speed WiMAX modules will be built into all Intel-based notebooks and netbooks offered at Best Buy. The 4G mobile broadband modem will be built into the Dell's Inspiron 14, Inspiron 15, Mini 10 as well as Toshiba's Satellite M645. Certain notebooks carry an associated $100 discount if bought with a two-year Clear 4G contract, but all should be available contract-free.
Clear expands 4G devices to cater to hotspots
Clear today swung attention back to its 4G networking hardware with a particular focus on Macs. The Sierra Wireless-made 4G+ Mobile USB is its first dual 3G and 4G modem to support Macs and gives them an EVDO data connection fallback when 4G coverage is poor or non-existent. It should work with Mac OS X Leopard or later and will cost either $115 outright or $6 a month for a lease.
Nexaira to soon ship 3G/4G router for home office
Nexaira Wireless on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of its 3G/4G router for small or home offices. As the name implies, the device can take an existing 3G or upcoming 4G mobile data network and share it with multiple office computers over Wi-Fi. Its makers claim users can get faster 3G/4G speeds than when using a data card in notebooks.
Novatel has 4G hotspot and deal with Qualcomm
Novatel on Thursday outlined some of the future of its mobile networking technology and centered on one of its first 4G hotspot. It now has a prototype MiFi router that can connect to WiMAX at up to 18Mbps in actual conditions and theoretically as quickly as 30Mbps with 10Mbps uploads. The router would give those on Clear or Sprint 4G the option of sharing the connection with multiple other devices over Wi-Fi.
Moto USBw 200 gets special long-range dock
Motorola today launched a unique dock for its USBw 200 WiMAX modem to significantly improve its role when it's at home. Plugging it into the USB-based cradle gives it much stronger reception and compares closer to a fixed-in-place modem. The simple change gives the option of using the modem as a home connection in rooms that would normally be off-limits while still having the option of using the modem by itself later.
Clear to offer new WiMAX modems with ATA feature
US WiMAX operator Clear will soon release two new WiMAX modems with features that aren't found in the company's current hardware offerings. This includes integrated ATA capability which will allow for VoIP calls without having to add any other hardware. The first modem comes from Taiwan's Gemtek, though information is scarce.
Clear and Sprint expand WiMAX further
Clearwire and Sprint together expanded their WiMAX networks to key areas in the US. Both companies now offer the 4G-level service in Chicago, Honolulu and Maui in Hawaii, Seattle and the Puget Sound area. Clearwire has also added its specific service to Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio in Texas as well as Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh in North Carolina.
Sprint 4G WiMax in Chicago on Oct. 6th
Sprint will sell its 4G WiMAX mobile broadband service to Chicago residents starting on October 6th, when it will officially be announced during a press event. A Friday story from BBR maintains Sprint has been sending out invitations to members of the press for the event, where it will demonstrate the network's speeds in addition to formally launching the network.
Verizon LTE trials in 2009
Verizon Wireless will debut its next-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G data network in trials in the metropolitan Boston and Seattle areas before year's end, according recent according to recent comments by carrier president Denny Strigl. Beyond that, the carrier plans to bring the ultra high-speed wireless data network standard to as many as 30 markets, Strigl said. By the end of 2013, Verizon hopes to offer the service in all of its markets.
Sprint to add 4G markets
Wireless provider Sprint on Tuesday announced that it will launch its WiMAX mobile broadband service concurrently in Atlanta, GA, Portland, OR and Las Vegas, NV starting in August. Sprint says the new generation network will allow users to access data between three and five times faster than current 3G networks, with peak download speeds faster than 10Mbps, and averages of between 3 and 6Mbps.
CLEAR Vegas and Sam Mondi
Clearwire had a two-pronged launch on Tuesday with news both of its CLEAR WiMAX service reaching Las Vegas as well as the availability of the Samsung Mondi for its network and othe device news. The 4G-level service debuts on the 21st and will give the desert city typical download speeds between 3Mbps and 6Mbps, rendering it suited to video streaming and other broadband tasks on the road. Plans start at $20 for fixed service at home or $30 for mobile use anywhere in CLEAR's coverage areas. The company also has a $45 fixed-and-mobile plan for those who need two connections as well as a $10 day pass for visitors.
Clearwire 4G in Atlanta
Clearwire on Tuesday officially released its 4G WiMAX wireless broadband network in Atlanta, making it the largest city in the US to offer the service. The service, CLEAR, is available to about three million people in a 1,200-square mile area, offering users DSL-like cable speeds wherever they are, wirelessly. Running on a WiMAX radio system from Motorola, the service is said to deliver realistic download speeds between 4 and 6Mbps, with burst speeds greater than 15Mbps. In comparison, existing 3G networks provide download speeds between 1 and 1.7Mbps.
Samsung Mondi 4G Leak
Samsung today inadvertently showed its hand by revealing details of the SWD-M100 Mondi, its first dedicated WiMAX device for the US, in its RSS feed [since pulled]. The hardware resembles a counterpart to Nokia's N810 and centers on a large, full touchscreen with a slide-out directional pad and QWERTY keypad. Little else is revealed by Samsung itself, though a conspicuous front camera points to video chat while a Windows key points to either Windows Mobile or a desktop Windows OS as standard.
Sprint CDMA, WiMAX phones
Wireless provider Sprint Nextel will offer handsets that can switch from the existing CDMA network to the WiMAX mobile broadband network currently being built up across the United States by Sprint's recent partner, Clearwire. Apart from the handsets, Sprint will carry other WiMAX products and services, including the first hybrid CDMA/mobile WiMAX modem. All will be branded as Sprint 4G, replacing the existing Xohm brand name for the existing high-speed mobile broadband gear.
Despite a series of conflicting news releases, Vodafone has confirmed that there will not be a pay-as-you-go version of the iPhone 3G available in New Zealand. NZMac.com first spotted the confusion in statements from Vodafone and Apple New Zealand which announced both contract and prepaid versions of the iPhone in various press releases. Vodafone cleared things up this morning, saying only the contract versions will be available in New Zealand and Portugal beginning in July 11.
Naked Case for iPhone
Case-Mate today unveiled the Naked Case for the iPhone and iPod touch, giving users a hard transparent case that covers the entire iPhone, but still allows for interaction with the screen. Case-Mate says the case uses an electrostatic membrane on the screen portion to pass electrical pulses through to the touch screen, protecting the screen, while not inhibiting its usefulness. The Naked Case is available for $35.