Clearwire WiMAX PC Card now available

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ClearwiremodemcardWell this gets me back to our WWAN form factor poll, so I’ll have to close it out and post the results. Clearwire has released their PC Card WiMAX modem; you can buy it today, but of course, you’ll be extremely limited in terms of coverage. At last check, there were only a very small handful of metro areas for service. The card can be yours for $80 and a two year commitment. Download speeds are expected to be comparable to EV-DO Rev. A and HSDPA at around 1.5 Mbps. Sounds like the plan prices are comparable too, if not identical: $60 a month for the service. Note: the photo shown isn’t the actual modem, but is a representation.

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Scotty

On a related note, it caught my eye today that they now offer a 2Mbps plan! I just upgraded and the extra .5Mbps kicked in immediately!

I’m measuring a consistent 250KBps now.

Scotty

Now this is the part I don’t get. I have their non-PC Card modem and I can take it anywhere I want, in fact they even sell a 20 hour battery pack for it. :-)

Monthly rate: $37.

But if you buy the PC Card, they expect you to pay $60 a month.

I’ve been scratching my head since I noticed this earlier this week, but I still can’t figure out why the $23 premium on the monthly service plan.

Maybe the PC Card is provided by Apple and they have to pay Apple part of the subscription fee? ;-)

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