Clearwire has opened retail stores in 10 U.S. cities as part of pushing its Clear WiMAX service to the masses. The cities and regions include Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Austin, Texas; Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C.; Chicago; Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii; and Seattle/Puget Sound, Wash. However, given how few WiMax-capable devices there are right now, the retail environment must seem pretty empty.
Clear currently offers three modems, one handset (pictured) and 21 laptops/netbooks that can be configured with built-in WiMAX cards. More devices are supposed to be on their way (including a Mac-compatible modem), but it’s not exactly a hub for hot gadgets yet. Maybe that’s because the goal here is to sell broadband service instead of devices.