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Clearwire started selling its nomadic PC Card today for its current flavor of pre-WiMax service: The card sells for $230 or can be leased for $7 per month. Service is 1.5 Mbps down and 256 Kbps, and costs $60 per month. If you want both home and nomadic service, it’s $95 per month including all modem rental fees, with an introductory $80 per month rate for three months. The home service is $45 per month when sold separately, so it’s a good deal.
This service is nomadic, meaning that while it might work when in motion, it’s designed for fixed operation within the service area.
Posted by Glennf at October 17, 2007 2:11 PM
So you're telling me for the same monthly service price as my Verizon card, I can get slightly faster service in important markets like Boise, ID and Modesto, CA? Sign me up!
Seriously, they have to do better than this. Without a significant price differentiation compared to EVDO/HSPA they are doomed.
[Editor's note: Two points to make.
First, Clearwire is still in the early stages, even as they pretend to be in later stages. They're vamping for time as mobile WiMax hits the market. This is all sort of pretend tech, because it will all go away in one to two years. That's why Clearwire sold its hardware division to Motorola.
Second, they're in some major markets, including across a large swath of Puget Sound. Unlike 3G cellular, Clearwire offers the same speed across their whole service area. One of the "secrets" with 3G is that it's overlaying a larger 2G and 2.5G digital network. So you go drive around an area with 3G coverage and compare that to Clearwire and Clearwire will win.
Finally, a sort of third separate point, the places that you mention tend to have fewer options for broadband. Dial-up might be their only fall back. Thus 1.5 Mbps down and 256 Mbps up could be a really lovely deal.--gf]
Posted by: Rusty at October 26, 2007 1:20 PM