Clearwire has announced a new device in it’s portfolio of internet devices. The new Clear Spot 4G allows “unlimited” access to Clearwire’s Wimax network in 70 markets across the country. The Clear Spot 4G has the ability to connect up to 8 Wi-Fi enabled devices to Clearwire’s network.
This new hotspot for Clearwire brings improved battery life and enhanced mobile performance. Clearwire was the first US wireless internet provider to bring a wireless hotspot to market in 2009 with the original Clear Spot. Clearwire was founded by cellular industry pioneer Craig McCaw as the first commercially available WiMax provider. Sprint owns nearly half of Clearwire at this point. Sprint uses the same WiMax network for their 4G enabled devices.
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The Clear Spot 4G, dubbed “Apollo” is manufactured by GemTek and will be available this week for $99 or a $6 a month lease. On a full charge, the Clear Spot 4G is supposed to deliver 8 hours of use to up to 8 connected devices.
“With our new CLEAR Spot 4G – Apollo, surfing, streaming, gaming and entertaining are all possible this summer in over 70 markets coast to coast,” said Dow Draper, senior vice president of marketing and products for Clearwire. “This device is the ultimate Internet surfing machine and offers today’s mobile user, and the millions of Wi-Fi products in use across the country, even greater access to CLEAR’s super-fast and affordable 4G Internet service.”
Clearwire service is available in unlimited plans starting at $45 a month and a bundled unlimited plan of home and on the go service for $55 a month. The Kirkland based company highlights the fact that their service is not tiered or capped and a truly unlimited experience. However, their unlimited plans are subject to the provisions of Clearwire’s acceptable use policy which can be found here. In that policy they reserve the right to cap anybody at anytime that they feel is using the service excessively. The AUP gives clearwire the rights to certain remedies including “…reducing the data rate of bandwidth intensive users during periods of congestion…”