Clearwire: NYC gets WiMAX on November 1, LA on December 1, SF by the end of 2010

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Clearwire, the world’s largest WiMAX operator who is sadly trying to desperately raise money to keep on chugging along, has announced that service in New York City will be turned on at the start of next month, at the start of December in Los Angeles, and by the end of the year in San Francisco. Customers will be able to pick up USB sticks for their laptops or pick from a limited choice of smartphones that can provide speeds upwards of 10 megabits per second.

If you want the dongle, fine, but don’t get the smartphones. For one thing, WiMAX kills your battery. Secondly, you’re better off getting something from Verizon or T-Mobile. Verizon because their network is damn near bullet proof, and T-Mobile because they’re rolling out 21 Mbps HSPA+ that’s delivering real world speeds of around 8 Mbps. On par with WiMAX, but unlike WiMAX there are going to be a hell of a lot more HSPA+ phones rather than the 2 or 3 WiMAX devices out on the market right now. The T-Mobile G2, otherwise known as the Desire Z in Europe and Asia, is already getting rave reviews and unlike the EVO 4G, it actually fits in your pocket.

Clearwire, who is 55% owned by Sprint, will keep on calling there service 4G in their marketing materials even though it’s no where near the speeds that LTE, another advanced network technology, can deliver. In Sweden they’re already getting 90 Mbps, a near order of magnitude faster than what WiMAX offers; the latency is lower as well, important for services like multiplayer gaming or video chat. Verizon is due to launch LTE by the end of this year, and cover 38 markets or roughly 110 million people. They’re promising between 5 and 12 Mbps, but that number will surely be bumped up as they upgrade their cell towers with fatter pipes for backhaul.

[Via: Reuters]

  • Madcrewmenace

    Wow, A lot of wrong statements in this article. First, neither Sprint’s current WiMax nor Verizon’s LTE are true ITU 4G. Also WiMax just took the speed crown in Japan clocking in at 330 Mbps. I wouldn’t count on Verizon’s LTE getting any faster as they only have 10 MHz of FDD 700 MHz to work with regardless of backhaul. Sprint/Clearwire have 120 MHz and can add the faster WiMAX 2 or LTE down the road.

  • Madcrewmenace

    Wow, A lot of wrong statements in this article. First, neither Sprint’s current WiMax nor Verizon’s LTE are true ITU 4G. Also WiMax just took the speed crown in Japan clocking in at 330 Mbps. I wouldn’t count on Verizon’s LTE getting any faster as they only have 10 MHz of FDD 700 MHz to work with regardless of backhaul. Sprint/Clearwire have 120 MHz and can add the faster WiMAX 2 or LTE down the road.

  • Anonymous

    The EVO 4G fits just fine in my pocket, and I am a small guy.

    What kind of pockets do you have?

  • Mack

    Are you kidding? Evo hater. The Sprint 4G devices are the only ones that support 10 mpbs, no where else. 14 mpbs this or 24 mpbs that, HSPA+ my butt, it’s is all garbage. It’s the chip set in the device that counts for more. The most support elsewhere is 7.2 mpbs and why? Because those providers want to mislead you and 14 mpbs chipset will drain a battery like no other. 4G may drain your battery more than 3G but how often do you need to use 4G consistently when you also have one of the best 3G networks which is as bulletproof as Verizon because they share and lease many of the same towers and where they don’t they still roam off each other. It’s for data, not phone coverge so you can disable 4G and 3G when it’s not needed or set it to auto on off as needed and still receive calls and texts. WiMax has the best potential for 4G technology although it may not previal as well as LTE since there is more money to be made with that first. I wouldn’t be so sure about more devices coming out of TMob, they have already tried to adopt Clearwire services for a 4G WiMax phone as well, that says everything we need to know.

  • Mack

    Are you kidding? Evo hater. The Sprint 4G devices are the only ones that support 10 mpbs, no where else. 14 mpbs this or 24 mpbs that, HSPA+ my butt, it’s is all garbage. It’s the chip set in the device that counts for more. The most support elsewhere is 7.2 mpbs and why? Because those providers want to mislead you and 14 mpbs chipset will drain a battery like no other. 4G may drain your battery more than 3G but how often do you need to use 4G consistently when you also have one of the best 3G networks which is as bulletproof as Verizon because they share and lease many of the same towers and where they don’t they still roam off each other. It’s for data, not phone coverge so you can disable 4G and 3G when it’s not needed or set it to auto on off as needed and still receive calls and texts. WiMax has the best potential for 4G technology although it may not previal as well as LTE since there is more money to be made with that first. I wouldn’t be so sure about more devices coming out of TMob, they have already tried to adopt Clearwire services for a 4G WiMax phone as well, that says everything we need to know.

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