The launch of Sprint’s WiMax service in cities like NYC, LA and San Francisco has been long anticipated. We first wrote about this back in June this year when several Sprint subscribers from New York City and San Francisco reported seeing download speeds of up to 5Mbps on their network. This was followed by reports last month that Clearwire had opened up their 4G network to select early adopters by offering them a 4G service at a price of $35 for the first two months.
Now, presumably with the tests having been successfully completed, Sprint and Clearwire have come up with the official roll out dates of WiMax in these cities. Accordingly, New York City is expected to get the WiMax service first on November 1. This shall be followed by the service going live in Los Angeles on December 1 and in San Francisco by the end of December. It will be interesting to see how fast the networks turn out to be once they gain wide adoption.
ClearWire has opened up its 4G network connectivity in New York City and Los Angeles to select early adopters offering them a dual-mode 3G/4G network service. The 4G service, though it is not fully built, will be available to these early birds at a price of $35 for the initial two months that shall then be raised to $55 per month thereafter. While ClearWire has not indicated when the service is expected to be made publicly available, expect this to happen very soon.
Now, this also means Sprint 4G in NYC and LA should be coming soon. Sprint has been piggybacking on the ClearWire network for its 4G services and has traditionally opened up to 4G services a couple of months after ClearWire launches its own 4G network.
The news also corroborates to a report from earlier this year when we had written about Sprint testing out its WiMAX services in several areas of New York City and San Francisco. Many of the readers too had commented back then about having seen faster download speeds in certain areas. Now how long before this is made available for public consumption!
Clearwire has launched its new PAYG mobile internet service that will enable users to enjoy 4G internet connectivity of speeds between 3Mbps to 6Mbps with maximum burst speed reaching 10Mbps. The new service allows unlimited data usage at a price of $5 for a day’s subscription, $20 for a week and $50 for a month.
Users will however need to purchase one of the two Rover dongles to start browsing the 4G internet. The Rover Solo will be available at a price of $99 which Rover Puck – that allows up to 8 devices to be connected to the service – will sell at $149. Both the devices can now be purchased in the US market via Best Buy, Clearwire stores or from the Rover website.
With unlimited data usage plans, the Rover service is sure to find a lot of interested buyers. However, with monthly plans being offered at $50 a month, customers may find them a bit on the higher side since several network carriers offer data plans at much competitive rates.
T-Mobile, the fourth largest carrier in the US may be contemplating a joint venture partnership with Kirkland based Clearwire, a leading provider of wireless broadband and ISP solutions.
The rumors itself is not new. However this time, the speculations have been fueled by statements from T-Mobile USA CEO, Robert Dotson. In an interview, Dotson had said,
“We continue to look at JV opportunities for additional spectrum… there are a number of different options we look at, (we) have been talking with cable companies, with Clearwire.”
Ever since T-Mobile garnered high profile smartphone partnerships including the likes of Nexus One, the company’s demand for wireless spectrum has been on the increase and in this regard, a partnership with Clearwire can come handy.
Shares of Clearwire however suffered a 2% drop since the news broke out
[Reuters via TechFlash]