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MSOs Not Sending 'Rover' Right Over

Jeff Baumgartner
8/30/2010

5:15 PM -- Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) may be geared up for its new pay-as-you-go WiMax service, dubbed "Rover," but two of its cable MSO partners evidently aren't. Or at least they aren't trying to steal Clearwire's thunder at this point. (See Clearwire Pushes Pay-as-You-Go With Rover.)

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), which offers 4G and 3G services under the High-Speed 2go brand in several markets, declined to comment on today's Clearwire announcement. (See Comcast's High-Speed 2go Goes East .)

A Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) spokesman noted that his company had yet to launch a pay-as-you-go wireless broadband product, and had no launch plans to share in respect to Rover. However, TWC does sell a mobile WiFi hotspot product called "IntelliGo" that Road Runner Mobile subs can pick up for $99.99, or $49.99 with a rebate and a two-year contract. Comcast offers a similar mobile hotspot option that can connect up to seven WiFi devices. (See Time Warner Cable Gears Up for Mobile Hotspots .)

But those products are different from Rover, which is highlighted by the $149.99 "Rover Puck" and $99.99 USB "Stick" modem. The data plans are also different. Clearwire's starting off Rover with three bandwidth cap-free plans: $5 a day, $20 a week, and $50 a month.

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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