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[qi:gigaom_icon_4G] Updated with more service related details : Comcast, the largest U.S. cable company and one of the country’s biggest broadband service providers, says it has started to sell a new wireless broadband service called High-Speed 2go across cities in its cable footprint. Here are some […]

[qi:gigaom_icon_4G] Updated with more service related details : Comcast, the largest U.S. cable company and one of the country’s biggest broadband service providers, says it has started to sell a new wireless broadband service called High-Speed 2go across cities in its cable footprint. Here are some facts:

  • Comcast will offer its own wireless laptop cards and the service will not have any voice component. The card is free with a 1 year contract or it can be purchased for $99 and customers can go month to month. If you switch from a phone company, Comcast will waive off the $99 it charges for the card.
  • It’s a combination of Clearwire’s WiMAX-based wireless broadband and Sprint’s 3G EVDO data. The nationwide laptop device automatically switches between available 4G and 3G networks. On the 3G service (provided by Sprint) there is a 5 GB amount of data usage included in the plan. The 4G service will follow Clearwire’s terms of service.
  • Comcast High-Speed 2go Metro service will use a 4G-only data card giving customers the 4G service in their metro coverage area. 
  • The service is available today only in Portland, but will be available in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and more cities by end of 2009.
  • Consumers can pay $69.99 a month for a “fast pack” national offering that buys them unlimited wireless data and a 12 Mbps home broadband offering. A metro-only service will cost $49.99 a month.
  • High-Speed 2go will also be sold to small-to-mid-sized businesses through the Comcast Business Services sales teams.

I think telephone companies will now start to respond more aggressively with their own 3G offerings, possibly lowering prices, which is not such a bad thing from a consumer perspective. I have many other questions — I am waiting, for example, for Comcast to tell me if there are any bandwidth caps as part of this new deal.

I like that Comcast, which had previously invested in Clearwire, is launching this service but its chances are going to be determined by how aggressively it’s available nationwide. I wish it was being launched in more than a one token city. I think that by the time Comcast and Clearwire get their national act together, we can most certainly expect the likes of Verizon to launch its own 4G wireless broadband services.

  1. [...] to tell me if there are any bandwidth caps as part of this new deal. Read the whole story on GigaOM or try our ToolbarRelated stories from top sites:For people who hope the openness and flexibility [...]

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  2. [...] Om questions whether Clearwire and Comcast will be able to get their national act together before Verizon rolls out its 4G offerings, from a Clearwire perspective this has to be viewed as a [...]

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  3. Clearwire is already available in Atlanta.

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  4. Comcast got its strategy wrong. Verizon Wi-Fi Hotspot will offer much superior options for consumers – http://news.vzw.com/news/2009/05/pr2009-05-06g.html

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    1. Yeah, that little device is really sweet….thats why there’s already one available for Clear!

      http://i.gizmodo.com/5192430/clear-spot-portable-wimax-hotspot-makes-you-a-broadband-god

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  5. Is comcast getting serious about wireless? Is there a comprehensive wireless offering in the works(even if it is in the form of a MVNO)?

    Or Is Comcast doing a wait and watch Clear’s success mode?
    Thanks

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  6. This is some pretty aggressive pricing from Comcast, as a 3G modem form the carriers can run $59.99 a month for 3.6 Mbps (max). $70 for home, WiMax, and nationwide 3G is actually a pretty solid deal if you’re in Portland and are in need of this kind of thing.

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  7. Doug Mohney Monday, June 29, 2009

    Comcast and others are reselling Clear’s (and Sprint’s) service under their own brands/bundles..

    Trying to compare Wi-Fi with WiMax is an apples and oranges comparison on so many levels it isn’t even funny. And trying to cite Verizon as offering a better Wi-Fi offering is humorous, given the company took one run of it when everyone was Wi-Fi crazzzzzy … and promptly shut everything down when the other players went bankrupt.

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  8. [...] there are going to be caps (5GB on 3G) and bundling offerings with Comcast’s other services. Om Malik seems to think that this will offer some competition for the existing carriers. I think he’s [...]

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  9. What’s the deal here? Brighthouse was part of this deal to get Clearwire going, and yet FL cities are not even mentioned for getting Wimax ANY TIME in the future?!?!?! I’m not going to live and die by whether I can get wifi in downtown tampa, but it’d be nice to know bh actually cared..or Comcast i guess.

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    1. You should ask Brighthouse …. maybe they will give you an answer. We have not heard anything about them launching their service.

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