Clearwire Launches in Atlanta: WiMAX for 3M People


[qi:___wimax] Clearwire (s clwr) launched its Clear WiMAX service in Atlanta today, providing 3 million people across 1,200 square miles in the home of Coke (s ko) and the Braves with 4G wireless download speeds of 4-6 Mbps. WiMAX service is available in several packages, including home Internet service plans for $20 per month, mobile Internet plans starting at $40 per month, and day passes for $10.

Given how much time folks in Atlanta spend in their cars, that WiMAX-enabled car reporters tried out last year at CES might be handy for city denizens (especially for those who carpool). Today’s rollout means WiMAX is now available in Baltimore, Portland and Atlanta; next up later this year…Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia and Seattle. Also coming soon are more WiMAX-enabled devices, such as a Panasonic Toughbook computer with embedded WiMAX and the Samsung Mondi, a mobile WiMAX-enabled handheld device. Clearwire will also offer a dual-mode, 3G/4G modem, which will provide Clear customers access to Sprint’s (s s) nationwide 3G network. It launched last December, but will go on sale this summer through Clearwire. Now that LTE deployments from the major carriers are breathing down Clearwire’s neck, will all this be enough to keep WiMAX and Clearwire afloat?


William Higgins

The response to CLEAR WiMAX has been very good. I happen to be a reseller and one very important thing I have found is that signal strength has everything to do with speed and bandwidth. That is why I try to do an on-site signal test for everyone that calls me because I want to make sure they get a good idea what the service will be like before they sign-up. I have lost a few accounts this way too, but in general people are much happier if they know what to expect from the service. And when it is good, it is really good. I have some very happy customers.

William Higgins

James Colvin

Has anyone tried Clearwire’s WiMax Home Internet?

I live in Atlanta and am interested in signing up as AT&T only offers 1.5mbps in my area and Comcast has screwed up customer service with me too many times for me to want to subscribe with them.

However, I’ve seen that there’s a class action lawsuit out for clearwire due to false performance claims.

Should I just stick with AT&T and try to be happy with what I have?

Anonymous Coward

FWIW, that suit is for the pre-WiMAX service and deals with early termination fees which don’t apply for the non-contract plans Paul references.

Doug Mohney

“Breathing down its neck”?

Number of current LTE deployments = 0.

Expected first LTE deployment, end of this year = 1 city

Expected number of Clear WiMAX cities by end of year = 12 or so. Depending on who’s counting.

Regrettably, ClearWire’s worst obstacle is itself, not anything AT&T or Verizon might do over the next 18-24 months.


You can use the Clear Spot with any PDA / MID… Dedicated WiMax products are cool but sharing WiMAX to all your wifi products really rocks!


Clearwire is going to need a lot of grass roots marketing in order to get awareness out. Comcast & AT&T spend millions all over Atlanta to the point you don’t know that other options exist.

They have to show that it works, it works in all types of Georgia weather and that it’s a better value. If they can do that, they’ll force the other two to lower their prices. They should find a way to hookup with DirecTV or Dish and offer a triple play of their own.

This way, they can get new people to signup without worrying about paying through the nose for TV, but getting cheaper voice and or/internet.

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