Sprint’s on-again, off-again relationship with Clearwire

After seemingly kicking partner Clearwire to the curb a few weeks ago, Sprint Nextel brought its erstwhile 4G partner back into the limo Wednesday, announcing a deal to work with Clearwire on Long Term Evolution (LTE) network implementations in the future. While there are no specifics yet, at the very least Sprint’s public re-embrace of the company […]

Clearwire pre-announces Q3 numbers

For what we think is the first time ever as a publicly traded entity, Clearwire has pre-announced its quarterly numbers for the last fiscal period, with one metric rising above the rest: The company announced 1.9 million new wholesale subscribers, which you can roughly translate into meaning that Sprint has probably sold about that many 4G phones […]

Sprint dumps WiMAX, will build own LTE network

Is this the beginning of the end for WiMAX provider Clearwire? Things certainly got dimmer for the nascent national broadband provider Friday when Sprint revealed its new Network Vision strategy that in part calls for Sprint to switch from using Clearwire’s WiMAX to power its 4G network to a Long Term Evolution (LTE) network that Sprint will build […]

Clearwire shares plunge 24 percent

Clearwire (CLWR) shares took a beating today, plummeting 24 percent after Sprint announced that it will stop selling mobile phones that work on Clearwire’s WiMAX network. Instead, the company will move its customers to its own LTE network. Sprint has been Clearwire’s largest customer; it also has a significant equity stake in Clearwire. Only last […]

Sprint: unlimited focus driving need for Clearwire?

Watching last week’s PGA tournament I was struck by a new Sprint TV ad that powerfully, forcefully and very clearly played up Sprint’s ability to offer true unlimited data plans, as compared to the tiered data plans of its top competitors, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. By putting all its chips behind unlimited data, it comes as little […]

World’s First 4G Mass Transit Deployment Launches in Silicon Valley

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Xentrans, a consultancy for connectivity on mass transit and public safety vehicles, has announced the launch of an all-4G wireless communications system by the Santa Clara Transportation Authority (VTA) for light rail trains and buses in Silicon Valley, California. The deployment is the world’s first to exclusively use a 4G cellular network for delivering high-speed […]

Clearwire hits 6 million subscriber mark

Apparently the death of WiMAX has been greatly exaggerated as national nascent WiMAX provider Clearwire announced Wednesday that it has broken through the 6-million subscriber mark and expects to have more than 9 million 4G customers on its network by year end. Though nobody is expecting Clearwire to overtake cellular giants like AT&T or Verizon Wireless […]

LTE data roaming not happening anytime soon

One thing to think about as you consider that shiny new 4G phone purchase — if you are looking at the snazzy new LTE devices from Verizon Wireless or the upcoming ones being promised for later this year from AT&T, get used to the fact that your data service won’t “roam” when you are outside […]

Clearwire gets $1 billion commitment from Sprint

We’ll have more on the news later but for Clearwire it appears the next chapter of company history starts today with the announcement of a definitive agreement with majority owner Sprint gives Clearwire a minimum of $1 billion over the next two years. The (finally!) reworked deal resolves the biggest contention between the partners, namely the […]

CTIA Updates: The Clearwire Witness Protection Program… to Profitability?

If part of Clearwire’s new mantra is a low-profile, cost-savings marketing plan, its presence at CTIA couldn’t have been done better. Instead of a show-floor booth, the nascent national provider of WiMAX services took meetings in a simple gray cubicle at the very back of the meeting-room layout, with a simple block-lettered sign saying “Clearwire” […]