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Clearwire 'Finally in New York City'

Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) says that its mobile WiMax service "is finally available in New York City" for an initial offer of $35 a month.

The Kirkland, Wash-based operator has started mailing out offers to New York residents who asked for updates -- your correspondent included -- that mobile WiMax service is available for an initial price of $35 a month, as long as you sign up by the end of September. The initial price expires after two months and service reverts to a regular rate of $55.

The ad is aimed at potential early adopters: The copy states that "if you are one of the first 20 people in New York City" to get the service, you can get a free WiMax USB stick that can roam onto 3G, which otherwise costs $115. Yes, you did read that right: one of the first 20 people!

NYC is still listed as "a future Clear city" in Clearwire's coverage map. Nonetheless, service is clearly expected to be up and running by the end of this month. Clearwire's part-owner and 3G partner Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) is promising a preview of its so-called "4G" services using the Clear network this week. (See Sprint: 4G Is in the Air for NYC.)

The Big Apple, with its population of over eight million, is an important city for Clearwire in order to meet its target of covering a potential customer base of 120 million by the end of 2010. Other major launches still to come this year include San Francisco and Los Angeles. (See Clearwire Preps NY & SF Markets.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:23:55 PM
re: Clearwire 'Finally in New York City'

Assuming everything is absolutely on schedule with LTE, which is always a gamble with wireless.


 

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:23:56 PM
re: Clearwire 'Finally in New York City'

Yeah, there's been signal uptown for a while now, they said they were 'tuning' the network when I asked about it

digits 12/5/2012 | 4:23:56 PM
re: Clearwire 'Finally in New York City'

I'm not sure you can compare LTE availability to that of WiMax in any regard right now.


If you look at when mobile WiMax launched compared to LTE's very limited initial launch then you have a couple of years headstart at least.


Not that it will make much difference in the medium-term, though. I expect there will be more LTE service users than WiMax by 2013, at a rough guess (based on wine-induced gut feeling rather than any scientific calculation).

jepovic 12/5/2012 | 4:23:57 PM
re: Clearwire 'Finally in New York City'

What did the fantastic head start of mobile wimax vs LTE actually boil down to - 6 months? Anyone care to check?


What a waste of money.

CraigPlunkett 12/5/2012 | 4:23:58 PM
re: Clearwire 'Finally in New York City'

Some friends of mine that had bought the Sprint Overdrive in Florida and brought it back to NY have been getting 6Meg download speeds for the past couple of months.

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