CLEAR Internet Launches Simplified 4G WiMAX Plans

CLEAR is kicking off the month of March by simplifying their CLEAR Internet plan options! They are making it more affordable and easier to order than ever. They've made a number of changes to their previously convoluted selection of plans, including dropping the usage limits for 4G - all of their 4G plans now offer unlimited usage - and simplifying their CLEAR Professional options. You can view all of CLEAR's plans at 4Ginfo.com/clearplans, but below is a basic rundown of the most important changes:

1. "Get One" CLEAR 4G Internet for $40/mo. This plan allows customers to choose either a "Home Modem" or one of the 4G USB modems and provides unlimited 4G access with no speed caps.

2. "Get One" CLEAR Internet+ 3G/4G for $55/mo is provides unlimited 4G access as well as 5GB of 3G access on Sprint's nationwide 3G network.

3. "Basic Home 4G" for $30/mo is a great low-cost alternative to cable/DSL. This is the only plan left with a speed cap - up to 1.5Mbps download speeds and 500Kbps upload speeds.

4. "Get Two" Home and Mobile ($55/mo) or Mobile and Mobile ($65/mo) plans are great for families or companies that need two modems.

5. CLEAR's "Pro Office" and "Pro Mobile" plans are similarly condensed.

Of course, things couldn't be quite that simple - customers in the Seattle, Hawaii, Portland/Salem markets have access to different plans than these, so if are in one of those three areas you'll need to review the full list of plans at 4Ginfo.com/clearplans to see what's available in your area!

If you are ready to purchase CLEAR 4G service, you may do so at our CLEAR 4G Order Form.


 

 

Sprint Overdrive 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot Review Posted

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EVDOinfo.com has posted a complete review of the Sierra Wireless 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot called the Overdrive.  This review is not a 2 paragraph review, but a multi-paged review that has been worked on over the last 3 weeks.  EVDOinfo.com had MANY issues with the Overdrive at first and Sierra Wireless flew out an engineer to help diagnose some of the problems experienced in the Chicago area.  A new firmware has been released (1.07) and we based our review on the latest firmware (as of 2/27/2010).
 
Read Sprint Overdrive review @ EVDOinfo.com
 

Verizon Doubles LTE Plans

Verizon CTO says LTE Is On Track

Verizon Wireless has announced more details about their upcoming LTE launch, saying that they plan to launch between 25 and 30 markets this year but will double that to 50-60 markets by the end of 2013. LTE (Long Term Evolution) is the high speed data 4G standard adopted by Verizon, At&t, and T-Mobile and has the potential to provide data download speeds of 5-12 Mbps and 2-5Mbps for uploads - Verizon will be the first US carrier to offer LTE and the second to offer 4G at all (Sprint/CLEAR have a major head start with their 4G WiMAX network, which has been available since last year and is growing fast).

"We continue to conduct validation testing in conjunction with initial commercial deployments," the company said in the recent 10-k filing. "We expect that technology testing and assessments will continue as the LTE technology and standards are advanced," says Tony Melone, CTO Verizon Wireless. Melone also mentioned that Verizon has not yet determined whether Verizon will being using LTE for their voice network in the near future or if they'll continue to use their 3G network for voice until their 4G footprint has expanded.

Verizon's first LTE network will launch by the end of 2010, so stay tuned at 4Ginfo for further developments!

Discuss Verizon's LTE plans on the 4G Forums

 

Sprint announces new 4G WiMAX markets for 2010, including New York, Boston, and San Francisco

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Sprint announced today that they will expand their 4G WiMAX network to Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. this year. By the end of 2010, Sprint hopes their 4G WiMAX network, currently available in 27 markets, will cover up to 120 million people.


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New Firmware Makes Cradlepoint PHS300 Compatible with 3G/4G U301

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Firmware 2.5.2 allows you to use your U301 in a PHS300!

CradlePoint has released Firmware Version 2.5.2 that provides the PHS300 with official support for the new Sprint 3G/4G U301 and CLEAR PXU1900 modems, as well as support for other modems and bug fixes for both the PHS300 and CTR350.

With its ability to connect to both Sprint's nationwide 3G network and their new super-fast 4G WiMAX network, the U301 has quickly become one of Sprint's hottest devices. U301 users have been eager for Cradlepoint to support it so that they can share their 3G or 4G connection with multiple computers, and now they'll be able to do just that! (note: with this new firmware, the PHS300 is currently the ONLY router that supports the U301. Other Cradlepoint models will support the U301 after future firmware releases)

For full details on what this firmware release provides, view the release notes (PDF)


For those ordering the PHS300 from 3Gstore.com, starting 02/26/10, we will automatically include a CD that has the firmware version 2.5.2 on it.

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Sprint Sierra Overdrive 3G/4G Firmware 1.07 Released

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The OverDrive W801 works with Sprint 4G and Sprint 3G (EVDO) and is one of the hottest devices on the market currently. However, as we've discuss on EVDOinfo (our sister site), many users have experienced a variety of issues with the Overdrive, including WiFi problems when connecting to the iPhone or iPod Touch. This firmware update fixes the problems below.
 
Key Performance Enhancements:
  • Improved Wi-Fi operation and throughput – especially for "power-save" clients: e.g., Windows XP (without changing Power Save setting), iPhone and iTouch.
  • Auto Update enhancements to improve download reliability over 3G Wi-Fi connection; Wi-Fi driver workarounds on handling unexpected freezes or crashes.
  • Fix for when device stays in offline after upgrade.

Release Details:
  • Dated: 02/24/2010
  • Firmware Version: 1.07

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Sprint to Release 4G WiMAX Phone this Summer?

 

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We've mentioned several Sprint's rumored plans to release a 4G-capable phone several times (most recently last month), but this morning Sprint made the rumor a bit closer to reality by announcing that they plan to release their WiMAX phone this summer!

The phone is rumored to be manufactured by HTC on the Android operating system, but Sprint did not release any additional information about it. With Sprint's lackluster recent business, being the first provider to offer a 3G/4G phone would be a nice point in their favor. 

Check back with us for more info as it becomes available!

 

 


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