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 update: Sprint – uneasy leader of 4G?

You knew Dan Hesse was taking this chairman of CTIA thing seriously when he showed up in Orlando last week wearing black dress shoes instead of his surfer-casual Vans. But Dan’s plans for another blockbuster CTIA were waylaid by the AT&T-T-Mobile takeover announcement, an industry-shattering news event that put a big stink on Sprint’s plans to show […]

What sank the Clear brand: Sprint 4G smartphone success and the hybrid hotspot

From several reports leaking out Wednesday night it is becoming apparent that Clearwire’s days of having its own retail brand are at the very least numbered, if not quite yet at zero. While we are guessing there will be more real details (and perhaps some more executive departures) discussed at both the upcoming Sprint earnings call on […]

Video Fun: 4G coming soon to San Francisco

With the Clearwire/Sprint 4G WiMAX launch happening in San Francisco sometime this week(my guess is that we may see press releases crossing the wires sometime Monday night) the Sprint folks asked me for some commentary on 4G devices, how people use them, and how the Sprint/Clearwire service plans stack up against other offerings. Watch the video for […]

Los Angeles gets WiMAX from Clearwire and Sprint; SF launch on Dec. 28

Just in time for the Monday-after-Thanksgiving shopping spree, Clearwire and Sprint are officially launching their WiMAX wireless broadband services in the Los Angeles area on Monday, Nov. 29, a couple days earlier than previously promised. The companies are also making services available in several other major markets, including Miami and Cleveland, while also confirming that WiMAX services […]

Trade war looming? Huawei, ZTE banned from Sprint 4G bid

Security is the official reason Sprint will not consider the bids made by ZTE and Huawei, two Chinese telecoms equipment companies, for Sprint’s $7 billion upgrade of its network to 4G, even though these two firms submitted the lowest bids (don’t they always?). US Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, objected to the participation of Huawei […]

WiMAX rocks at Sprint developer conference in Santa Clara

Just got down-valley to check out the afternoon programs at the Sprint Developers Conference but of course I had to first see how the 4G network buildout was going… apparently the towers have landed here in Santa Clara, as evidenced by the reading I just clocked in the Hyatt Great America lobby: Should be interesting […]

Sprint: second WiMAX phone available August 31

Pricing and availability details for the second WiMAX phone under the Sprint 4G banner were announced late Wednesday, when the company said that the previously announced Samsung Epic 4G would be available Aug. 31, for $249 after rebates. Service pricing plans for the Epic 4G are the same as those for the first WiMAX phone, the HTC EVO […]