Hey, don't knock the naming engineers -- "Clear Modem with WiFi" just works. Indeed, that's the official title of Clear's new at-home WiMAX modem (the same one that flew through the FCC back in September), designed to bring the 4G superhighway into one's home for as little as $35 per month. According to the operator, it's an all-in-one solution that's "around the size of a book," offering 4G reception as well as an internal 802.11b/g/n router to distribute those waves across your home without the need for a separate WLAN router. It's available today from your local Clear store, with a $120 outright price or a $7 per month lease rate. Furthermore, Clear home service customers can add home voice service, with unlimited local and long distance calling in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico, for an extra 15 clams per month. Oh, and if your math skills are a tad fuzzy, we'd recommend buying it if you're planning to keep the service for greater than 17 months. You're welcome.
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Clearwire Launches Clear Modem with Wi-Fi
New Single Device Option Offers Simple End-to-End Wireless Home and Office Networking
* CLEAR 4G Home Service Plans with Unlimited Data Usage Start at $35/Month
* Fast Home Networking with 802.11n; Compatible with 802.11b/g
* Clearwire 4G Network Now Covers 103 Million People in 68 Markets
KIRKLAND, Wash., Dec 02, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ:CLWR), a leading provider of wireless broadband services and operator of the first 4G network in the country, today announced the availability of the Clear Modem with Wi-Fi. The new modem brings super fast CLEAR(R) 4G service to the home or office, simplifying local area networking with an end-to-end wireless solution. The Clearwire 4G network offers average mobile download speeds of 3 to 6 mbps with bursts over 10 mbps.*
"Now our customers can get broadband Wi-Fi internet throughout their house, with one simple device about the size of a book - and without a rat's nest of wires," said Mike Sievert, Chief Commercial Officer at Clearwire. "Our new Clear Modem with Wi-Fi makes it easier than ever to connect the Wi-Fi devices that customers already have at home, such as laptops and desktops, tablets, iPods, and smartphones, without needing a wired connection to the cable or phone company."
The Clear Modem with Wi-Fi is part of a growing ecosystem of nearly 70 devices on the market today that enable customers to connect to CLEAR 4G. The Clear Modem with Wi-Fi offers secure Wi-Fi connectivity to 802.11b/g/n capable devices and supports Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64 and Mac OS8 or higher.
Price and Availability
The Clear Modem with Wi-Fi is available nationwide from http://www.clear.com and from CLEAR retail stores and authorized dealers beginning today. The Clear Modem with Wi-Fi can be purchased for $120 or leased for $7 per month. Monthly data service starts at $35. CLEAR home service customers can add home voice service, with unlimited local and long distance calling in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, for just $15 per month.
Stay Connected - At Home or On the Go
Clearwire offers multiple ways, in addition to the Clear Modem with Wi-Fi, to connect to CLEAR 4G service - via a modem, mobile device, or a 4G-embedded laptop or netbook.
Clear Spots(R): Clear Spots are personal mobile hotspots that allow users to easily and securely share unlimited internet access anywhere CLEAR has coverage simultaneously with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices. The Clear Spot 4G brings 4G to Wi-Fi devices such as laptops, smartphones, and portable gaming devices. The Clear Spot 4G+ allows power users and road warriors to stay connected across the U.S. by automatically switching from 4G and connecting to Sprint's 3G nationwide network outside the 4G coverage area. The iSpotTM is made exclusively for Apple mobile devices** including the iPadTM, iPod touch(R) and iPhone(R). The Clear Spot 4G and iSpot each cost $99 or the Clear Spot 4G can be leased for $5 a month. The Clear Spot 4G+ costs $225 or can be leased for $9 per month. Clear Spots can be purchased at www.clear.com/spot.
Clear 4G+ Mobile USB: Mobile users simply plug-in the compact Clear 4G+ Mobile USB into their laptop to get online. This dual-mode 4G/3G modem gives users access to the 4G network in the CLEAR coverage area and to 3G coverage nationwide. The Clear 4G+ Mobile USB costs $115 or can be leased monthly for $6.
Embedded 4G WiMAX Laptops: Customers can also select from more than 45 different 4G WiMAX-ready laptops and netbooks with Intel(R) CoreTM or AtomTM processors and the embedded Intel(R) wireless module Advanced-N + WiMAX from leading manufacturers including Dell, HP, Sony, Lenovo, Toshiba, Samsung, Gateway, and Asus. All of these operate on CLEAR, and more than 20 of these 4G WiMAX-ready laptops are now available at Best Buy stores and at www.bestbuy.com.