We just spotted it at the FCC earlier this month, and Clear customers will now soon be able to get their hands on the company's new Clear Spot 4G Apollo mobile hotspot. Clearwire announced today that the device will be available for $99 (or leased for $6 a month) in "late July," which should mean any day now unless our calendars are off. Built by Gemtek, the hotspot allows for up to eight simultaneous connections, and promises up to six hours of continuous use from its built-in rechargeable battery -- plans to go along with it start $35 a month, with unlimited mobile data running you $45/month (with no long-term contract, of course). Press release is after the break.
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CLEARWIRE INTRODUCES NEW CLEAR SPOT 4G FOR MORE WAYS TO CONNECT TO CLEAR 4G SERVICE
CLEAR's Uncapped Mobile Broadband Experience Available For Netbooks, Notebooks, Gaming, Entertainment, Social Media, and Numerous Other Devices and Services
KIRKLAND, Wash., July 25, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clearwire® (NASDAQ: CLWR), a leading provider of wireless broadband services, today announced the upcoming availability of a the CLEAR Spot® 4G - Apollo, a new personal hotspot that offers super-fast speeds, unlimited** 4G usage plans, and compatibility with millions of mobile devices. Clearwire helped pioneer the adoption of the 4G personal hotspot category with the launch of its first CLEAR Spot in early 2009.
The CLEAR Spot 4G - Apollo brings 4G connectivity possibilities to a wide range of Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, netbooks, smartphones, and other connected devices - without the worries or hassles of tiered or capped usage plans. The CLEAR Spot 4G offers the speed and flexibility of a personal Wi-Fi hotspot and can simultaneously connect up to eight Wi-Fi devices at 4G speeds.
"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."
With CLEAR® super-fast mobile Internet service, users can experience average mobile download speeds of 3 to 6 mbps with bursts up to 10 mbps*, using Clearwire's 4G network. Unlike service plans from traditional wireless carriers which cap data usage, CLEAR offers unlimited** 4G usage plans that do not require long-term service contracts. In most markets, unlimited** 4G coverage from CLEAR starts at $35/mo.*** for the home, while unlimited** mobile plans start as low as $45/mo.***. Bundled services such as Home and On-The-Go plans and Home and Voice plans start at $55 per month***. CLEAR service is currently available in areas of the United States where approximately 130 million people live. A detailed map of service availability can be found at www.clear.com/coverage.
The New CLEAR Mobile Hotspot
The CLEAR Spot 4G is a personal mobile hotspot allowing users to easily and securely share unlimited** super-fast Internet access, anywhere CLEAR has coverage, simultaneously with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including laptops, smartphones, and portable gaming devices. The CLEAR Spot 4G - Apollo is manufactured by Gemtek and costs $99 (plus tax) or can be leased for $6 per month (plus tax). The device is 3.4" square, weighs less than five ounces, and runs on a rechargeable battery that provides up to six hours of continuous use.**** The CLEAR Spot 4G - Apollo will be available for purchase from select retail stores and dealers, as well as online at www.clear.com/devices/details/id/105 beginning in late July.
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