New CLEAR WiMAX Devices and Plan Changes

CLEAR is kicking off the month of February with some very exciting changes to their lineup of 4G modems and service plans!

New CLEAR Devices:

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CLEAR "Series M" Home Modem (left): The new "Series M" modem is the successor to the original Home Modem and features an enhanced internal antenna for improved reception. The "Series M" modem is available for $79.99 or it can be leased for $4.99/mo if you select a 2-year contract. 

The "Series M" modem is only available to customers in Portland, Atlanta, Milledgeville, Salem, Chicago, Bellingham, All Texas Markets, Boise, Honolulu, Maui, Kitsap, Seattle, Snohomish, Tacoma, and Houston - customers in other markets should consider the original home modem.

 

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CLEAR 4G Mobile USB Modem (PXU1900) (right): This is the successor to the CLEAR USB modem, and offers some nice benefits over the original. Its internal antenna has been improved for better reception, and it consumes much less power (very important if you're using it in your laptop and your laptop is not plugged in). It also has a hinged/swivel design, meaning you can flip it up instead of having it stick straight out of your laptop. The most exciting aspect of the PXU1900, though, is that it can be used with the optional USB Performance Dock, which also debuted today, for better signal (see more below)!

Like the original CLEAR USB modem, the PXU1900 is compatible with both Macs and PCs. As far as routers go, st launch it is only compatible with the PHS300 and MBR1000, but we anticipate that it will be compatible with other Cradlepoint modems in the near future.

The PXU1900 is available for $59.99 or it can be leased for $4.99/mo if you select a 2-year contract.

 

clear usb performance dockCLEAR USB Performance Dock (left):  This is a great accessory for the new PXU1900 USB modem, and the first of its kind for WiMAX! The Performance Dock provides increased signal and performance to the PXU1900, and is super portable and easy to use. Instead of connecting the modem directly to your computer, you simply place it in the Performance Dock and then connect the Dock to your computer via USB. Best of all, the USB Performance Dock is a bargain at just $9.99!

IMPORTANT: the Performance Dock is ONLY compatible with the new Mobile USB WiMAX Modem; it is NOT compatible with the original CLEAR USB modem or the 4G+ (U300) modem.

 

CLEAR Plan Changes:

  • CLEAR has responded to Sprint's new 3G/4G pricing by lowering their price for 3G/4G service, too: CLEAR users can now get unlimited 4G access and 5GB of 3G access for just $55/mo (the price was previously $70/mo)!
  • CLEAR has also added a new promo just for customers in the Portland/Salem market - these lucky folks can get the "Pick 2" service plan (service for either two USB devices or home modem and one USB modem) for just $45/month (regular price is $65/month)!


3Gstore (4Ginfo's "sister site") is now selling all of these new devices (as well as the original home modem and original USB modem and the 4G+ 3G/4G modem). Click here to order CLEAR devices and services securely from 3Gstore.

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4G Routers for CLEAR/Sprint Modems

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4G Routers for CLEAR/Sprint Modems

 

Cradlepoint MBR1000 with CLEAR w100 USB modem

 

4G wireless internet service available from CLEAR's w100 or u300 (AKA the "4G+" modem) USB modems and Sprint's U300 and the new u301 USB modem, can be a perfect solution for folks who live and work on the road in areas with 4G coverage... but what if you want to share that internet connection with multiple devices when you back at home or at the office? Being able to provide internet access to ALL of your computers and other wireless-enabled devices like the iPod Touch, Sony PSP, or Nintendo DS would make your 4G service even more valuable

Now that 4G coverage is spreading to many more cities, we're getting this question more often: how can I share 4G service from my USB modem with multiple computers, or other devices that need internet access?

The great news is that there are several 4G routers available that allow you to do just that! Mobile broadband routers like the Cradlepoint models sold by 3Gstore work just like the more common 'cable/dsl' router you might have used in the past for a home/office DSL or cable-modem connection, but mobile broadband routers have the unique ability to support 4G modems as their source of internet connectivity. With a router that supports your4G  device, you can plug in your 4G USB modem and instantly create your own local area/WiFi network, powered by 4G connectivity!

3GStore.com has been selling these specialty routers for over five years now and no online company has sold and supported mobile broadband routers longer than 3Gstore has! While there are literally thousands of network experts who can work magic with conventional routers, we're the experts at mobile broadband routers. Quite often, we get phone calls from "network experts" who just don't get this "mobile broaband stuff"... we understand... this stuff can be tricky.

The 4G router setups are some of the trickiest configurations we've ever had to support, and we know it will be challenging for even the seasoned mobile broadband users. Thats why when you buy a 4G router from 3Gstore.com, we offer a service to pre-configure the router for your 4G USB modem, before it even leaves our warehouse... for just $15 more than the sale price of the router itself! Allowing us to pre-configure your router for 4G use could mean a lot less frustration for you -- we really think its worth the money.

Of course, even if you don't pay us to pre-configure your router for 4G use, we'll provide you with our 3gstore-prepared Support CD that includes our latest tipsheets, the latest router firmware, the latest 4G modem firmware, and utilities our tech support department have found useful for helping customers out of tricky situations.

Which 4G Router For You?
Choosing between the many Cradlepoint 4G options might be a challenge for those of new to mobile broadband. We're here to help. You'll find complete compatibility information maintained at our sister site: http://www.EVDOinfo.com/routers -- and here is some info that compares the major 4G router options. (note: router firmware to support Sprint's u301 will be available shortly after this article is published. watch this thread on 4gforums.com for an announcement)

phs300

Cradlepoint PHS300 Battery Powered Router
Carriers Supported: Sprint, Verizon, CLEAR, Alltel, AT&T - see router compatibility chart
Form Factors Supported: USB, ExpressCard (with ExpressCard-to-USB adapter)
Wireless Range: Operates on Wireless "G". Range is approximately 80 feet, depending upon factors such as interference from other electronics and physical interference such as thick walls. Range CANNOT be improved (no port for WiFi antenna)
Ethernet Ports: ZERO. Do NOT puchase this router if you need to hardwire a computer via ethernet! If you have a computer that does not have wireless capabilites, you can purchase an 802.11N USB Adapter to make it WiFi-compatible!
Load Balancing: NO
Portability: The best!! Built-in battery provides about 2 hours of WiFi when you don't have a power source. Very compact and light; cigarette lighter adapter available (also charges battery).
Manufacturer Support: Excellent. Cradlepoint is very responsive to suggestions and complaints and makes a concerted effort to improve their products. Very quick to release firmware updates to support more devices/fix bugs.
PROs: The only 3G router to feature a built-in rechargable battery, compatible with many aircards and phones/PDAs, compact, good security options, WiPipe technology improves performance of most difficult connection types, latest version supports 4G WiMAX (note: if you have an older "version 1" PHS300, it is NOT compatible with 4G)
CONs: Wireless G, no option to add a WiFi antenna, no ethernet port, no indicator showing battery life (additional batteries available)
This Router is Best For: With its built-in battery, the PHS300 is ideal for anyone on the go -- business executives, reporters, bloggers, even families on road trips! Thanks to its diminutive size, this router can be taken anywhere and used for up to two hours without even being plugged into a power outlet!

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CTR500

Cradlepoint CTR500
Carriers Supported: Sprint, Verizon, CLEAR, Alltel, AT&T - see router compatibility chart
Form Factors Supported: USB, ExpressCard
Wireless Range: Operates on Wireless "G". Range is approximately 80 feet, depending upon factors such as interference from other electronics and physical interference such as thick walls. For more range, add the optional wifi antenna for up to 30% more WiFi coverage.
Ethernet Ports: One 10/100 Ethernet port operates as WAN input or LAN output
Load Balancing: YES
Portability: Excellent. Very compact and comes bundled with both a "global" 110/240v ac adapter as well as a 12v cigarette lighter adapter
Manufacturer Support: Excellent. Cradlepoint is very responsive to suggestions and complaints and makes a concerted effort to improve their products. Very quick to release firmware updates to support more devices/fix bugs.
PROs: Same high-power processor as flagship MBR1000 router, ExpressCard slot (some ExpressCards can be used with the PHS300 but only with an adapter), compatible with many devices including many phones/PDAs, compact, antenna jack to improve WiFi range, signal strength lights on body, supports fail-over (with priority assignments), supports load balancing, global ac power adapter, WiPipe technology improves performance of most difficult connection types, compatible with 4G WiMAX
CONs: Not many for this great router! Wireless N would be preferable to G, however.
This Router is Best For: The CTR500 is excellent for travelers and home/office users alike. The small size, signal indicator lights and included cigarette lighter adapter make it a great choice for RV-ers. With the extensive list of supported devices - including many phones/PDAs - and Cradlepoint's track record for providing updates when new devices debut, the CTR500 is a great investment likely to last a long time, even if you upgrade your device.

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MBR900

Cradlepoint MBR900
Carriers Supported: Sprint, Verizon, CLEAR, Alltel, AT&T - see router compatibility chart
Form Factors Supported: USB, ExpressCard (with ExpressCard-to-USB adapter)
Wireless Range: Operates on Wireless "N" and is backwards-compatible with B/G. Range is very good, 6-10x what you'll see with a wireless G router. Even your G devices will benefit from the super-powerful N radio (or purchase an N adapter and upgrade your computer!). Of course, remember that range can depend on factors such as interference from other electronics and physical interference such as thick walls.
Ethernet Ports: Four (4) 10/100 LAN ethernet ports, One (1) 10/100 WAN ethernet port
Load Balancing: No
Portability: Average. It's not huge and there is a cigarette lighter adapter available, but its two non-removable WiFi antennas make it a bit bulky.
Manufacturer Support: Excellent. Cradlepoint is very responsive to suggestions and complaints and makes a concerted effort to improve their products. Very quick to release firmware updates to support more devices/fix bugs.
PROs: Wireless N provides great range, compatible with many devices including many phones/PDAs, signal strength lights on body, four ethernet LAN ports and a WAN port, works great as a cable/dsl/satellite router (with optional failover to cellular), least expensive 3G/4G cellular router that features 802.11 N WiFi, WiPipe technology improves performance of most difficult connection types, compatible with 4G WiMAX
CONs: No load balancing, USB port only.
This Router is Best For: The MBR900 is a great "entry level home-use router" and it's a good choice for customers who want wireless "N" and multiple ethernet ports but don't need the additional features that the MBR900's bigger brothers like the MBR1000 and MBR1200 can provide (such as load balancing and support for ExpressCards and PCMCIA cards).

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MBR1000

Cradlepoint MBR1000 - the Flagship 3G/4G Router
Carriers Supported: Sprint, Verizon, CLEAR, Alltel, AT&T - see router compatibility chart
Form Factors Supported: USB (2), ExpressCard
Wireless Range: Operates on Wireless "N" and is backwards-compatible with B/G. Range is excellent, 6-10x what you'll see with a wireless G router. Even your G devices will benefit from the super-powerful N radio (or purchase an N adapter and upgrade your computer!). Of course, remember that range can depend on factors such as interference from other electronics and physical interference such as thick walls.
Ethernet Ports: Four 10/100Mbps Auto-MDIX LAN Port and one 10/100Mbps WAN Port
Load Balancing: YES
Portability: Average. It's not huge and there is a cigarette lighter adapter available, but its three non-removable WiFi antennas make it a bit bulky.
Manufacturer Support: Excellent. Cradlepoint is very responsive to suggestions and complaints and makes a concerted effort to improve their products. Very quick to release firmware updates to support more devices/fix bugs.
PROs: More powerful on-board processor than PHS300, Wireless N radio provides excellent WiFi range, ExpressCard slot (some ExpressCards can be used with the PHS300 but only with an adapter), compatible with many devices including many phones/PDAs, supports fail-over (with priority assignments), four ethernet LAN ports and a WAN port, works great as a cable/dsl/satellite router (with optional failover to cellular), supports load balancing, great admin features, signal lights on router body, WiPipe technology improves performance of most difficult connection types, supports 4G WiMAX
CONs: The antennas are not user-removable, so there is no easy way to improve your WiFi range (although the range is excellent).
This Router is Best For: The MBR1000 is the top-of-the-line 3G/4G router and is an awesome choice for just about any application (unless you have a PCMCIA card). Excellent value for the money and a great long-term investment thanks to its wireless N radio and frequent firmware upgrades courtesy of Cradlepoint. There isn't much you can't do with this router!!

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Purchase the MBR1000 from 3Gstore


MBR1200

Cradlepoint MBR1200
Carriers Supported: Sprint, Verizon, CLEAR, Alltel, AT&T - see router compatibility chart
Form Factors Supported: USB (3), ExpressCard, PCMCIA (the ONLY Cradlepoint router that supports PCMCIA!)
Wireless Range: Operates on 802.11 "N" and is backwards-compatible with B/G; even your G devices will benefit from the super-powerful N radio (or purchase an N adapter and upgrade your computer!). Range is excellent, several times what you'll see with a wireless G router, although slightly less than the MBR1000 because the MBR1200 does not come with external WiFi antennas attached. Optional external WiFi antennas are also available to increase your WiFi range even more. Of course, remember that range can depend on factors such as interference from other electronics and physical interference such as thick walls.
Ethernet Ports: Four (4) gigabit 10/100/1000 LAN/WAN configurable ports and One (1) 10/100/1000 WAN (ethernet)
Load Balancing: YES
Portability: Average. Larger than the "travel routers" but more compact than the MBR1000 (because there are no attached WiFi antennas). There is also a cigarette lighter adapter available for use on the go.
Manufacturer Support: Excellent. Cradlepoint is very responsive to suggestions and complaints and makes a concerted effort to improve their products. Very quick to release firmware updates to support more devices/fix bugs.
PROs: More powerful on-board processor than PHS300, Wireless N radio provides excellent WiFi range, optional external WiFi antennas are available to improve the WiFi range even more, more modem ports than any other 3G router, ExpressCard slot (some ExpressCards can be used with the PHS300 but only with an adapter), ONLY Cradlepoint router with a PCMCIA card slot, compatible with many devices including many phones/PDAs, supports fail-over (with priority assignments),support for up to five concurrent VPN sessions, four gigabit ethernet LAN ports and a WAN port, works great as a cable/dsl/satellite router (with optional failover to cellular), supports load balancing, great admin features, signal lights on router body, WiPipe technology improves performance of most difficult connection type, optional security enclosure available, supports 4G WiMAX
CONs: Not many for this powerful router! The higher cost may be hard to justify for users that don't need all the features, though.
This Router is Best For: The MBR1200 is a no-brainer for PCMCIA card users (if you upgrade in the future to an ExpressCard or USB modem, you won't need a new router!), and folks needing advanced VPN functionality will love it as well. Load balancers will love its five modem ports, and the optional security enclosure make it a great choice for in-the-field applications.

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Cox Tests LTE in Phoenix and San Diego

COX LTE

Cox Communications announced Monday that they had tested placing calls and streaming video using the 4G wireless technology LTE.

The company is rolling out wireless services this year, using older, 3G technology. Cox indicates that they will begin to roll out their 3G coverage in Hampton Roads, VA , Orange County, CA and Omaha, NE.

Cox tested Long Term Evolution [LTE], in Phoenix and San Diego.

Cox is among the first companies to test LTE, which promises higher data speeds than 3G. Verizon Wireless conducted its first tests in August. It plans to roll out LTE in up to 30 markets this year.


 

Sierra Overdrive 3G/4G Portable Hotspot Now Available at 3Gstore!

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As a follow-up product to the success of their first mobile hotspot -- the MiFi 2200 -- Sprint has launched a game-changing product called the Sprint OverDrive. The Sprint OverDrive (aka Sierra Wireless W801) is a mobile hotspot that allows high speed connections to Sprint's nationwide 3G network as well as their faster 4G WiMAX network, for as many as five wireless devices.

The Sprint OverDrive is available from 3Gstore.com right now for $99.99 after rebate with a new 2-year contract. 3G/4G service is available for just $59.99/mo; this plan provides unlimited 4G data use and 5GB of data use on 3G network with overage charge of $0.05/mb. Since the 3G/4G data plan for the OverDrive is the same price as Sprint's 3G-only service, users thinking about 3G service may want to look at the OverDrive as an option, even if they aren't in 4G coverage. You'll be able to use 3G now, and when you travel to a 4G area or when Sprint launches 4G in your area, you'll be set!

Read more about the Overdrive in our "Product Spotlight"

Order the Overdrive for $149.99 - $50 mail-in rebate securely from 3Gstore

 


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Sprint 3G/4G U301 USB Modem Now Available at 3Gstore!

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Sprint 3G/4G U301 USB Modem Now Available at 3Gstore!

Sprint U301Sprint's newest dual-mode USB modem, the U301, is now available at 3Gstore! The U301 is a dual-mode device that can connect to both Sprint's 4G WiMAX network and their nationwide 3G EVDO Rev-A network - you'll enjoy super-fast 4G speeds where available, and when you travel outside a 4G market, the U301 will automatically connect to Sprint's 3G network!

Sprint's new 3G/4G plan makes the U301 an excellent option even for users who aren't currently in a Sprint 4G area. 3G/4G service is the same price as Sprint's 3G-only service - $59.99/mo - and provides unlimited 4G access and 5GB of 3G access. If you were considering signing up for Sprint's 3G mobile broadband service with a 3G-only device, we highly recommend considering the U301 instead - for the exact same monthly price you'll be able to use 3G service now and when 4G does become available in your area (or if you travel to a 4G area) in the future, you'll be prepared with a compatible device!

More about the U301:

  • Dimensions: 3.5" x 1.27" x 0.92"
  • Weight: 1.25 oz
  • Compatibility: Microsoft Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and Windows 7 Mac OS X version 10.4, 10.5 and 10.6
  • Cradlepoint router support coming soon!

The U301 is available from 3Gstore for FREE with a new 2-year contract (pay $49.99 and receive a $50 mail-in rebate). Remember, when you order your Sprint service through 3Gstore you'll have access to our esteemed technical support as well as discounts on routers (Cradlepoint plans on supporting the U301 in an upcoming firmware release) and antennas/amplifiers (there are currently no signal-boosting options for improving the 4G signal, but repeaters can be used to improve your 3G signal)!

Order the U301 for $49.99 - $50 mail-in rebate securely from 3Gstore


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Sprint or CLEAR to Release HTC Supersonic WiMAX Phone?

Since the launch of CLEAR and Sprint 4G's WiMAX network,  there has been much speculation revolving around their plans to offer a 4G smartphone, which we've been discussing on 4Ginfo for several months. The latest rumors indicate that either Sprint or CLEAR is planning on launching a 4G phone from HTC tentatively named the "Supersonic" which will utilize the Android OS. Sources claim that we will not see a 4G phone for Sprint or CLEAR before the end of 2010, but we have heard this before right?  The future definitely looks bright for 4G; hopefully this phone can live up to its name and get here quickly.  Check back with us for more info as it becomes available. 
 

 
 

Sprint and CLEAR 4G and Mac Compatibility

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Sprint and CLEAR 4G and Mac Compatibility

We love Macs here at 3G/4Gstore.com and 4G/EVDOinfo.com, and we know that many of you out there love them just as much as we do. For that reason, we aim to provide as much information as possible to better support Mac users.

Like the early days of mobile broadband service, 4G device offerings were not Mac savvy. Thankfully, options that include Mac OS X software are becoming available quicker than with 3G service.  This article contains the latest 4G and Mac compatibility information and links to further resources.

OSX Snow Leopard Compatibility:

Diehard Mac OS X users probably will not be surprised to hear that none of the currently available 4G USB modems are recognized by Mac OS X's built in WWAN drivers. Thankfully, there are 4G USB modems out now (or planned for release soon) that will come with connection manager software that should even work with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.
Sprint 4G and Mac:

Sprint's first 4G device was the u300 3G/4G combo modem (not including their earlier/discontinued Xohm products). As of the publish date of this article, Sprint has still not released OS X compatible connection manager software for the u300 and we suspect they never will. Instead, we are recommending the Sprint U301 3G/4G hybrid modem which is compatible with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard & 10.6 Snow Leopard. The latest Mac OSX Snow Leopard version of Sprint SmartView should be available from Sprint.com/download

Sprint also has an exciting new product called the "OverDrive" -- a 3G/4G portable hotspot that features an informative LCD screen and a built-in rechargeable battery that allows for up to 4 hours of truly portable use. Mac users can use the OverDrive via WiFi on any Airport/WiFi enabled Mac, or Mac Leopard & Snow Leopard users can additionally connect via USB cable if needed.


CLEAR 4G and Mac:

CLEAR has three USB modem options: the 4G only Motorola w100, the PXU1900 [4G only], and the same 3G/4G u300 combo modem that Sprint uses. Mac OS X users who are considering CLEAR 4G service should stick to the w100 or PXU1900 because like Sprint, there is no OS X software for the CLEAR u300. At this time, no one at CLEAR has been able to tell us if they will switch to the new u301 that Sprint has, but our gut says they probably will. You can find the latest Mac OS X CLEAR connection manager software at http://www.clear.com/support/download

CLEAR also offers service that includes their "Home Modem", a router that serves up 4G through a single ethernet port. The Home Modem works great with Apple's Airport base stations, or can even directly connected to a Mac's LAN/ethernet port. No special software is needed to administer the router... its done using a web browser and can even be administered using Safari!

CLEAR is also now offering service that includes their "Home Modem Series M", a router that serves up 4G through a single ethernet port. The Home Modem works great with Apple's Airport base stations, or can even directly connected to a Mac's LAN/ethernet port. No special software is needed to administer the router... its done using a web browser and can even be administered using Safari! Note: This unit can only be used in one of the following markets: Portland, Atlanta, Milledgeville, Salem, Chicago, Bellingham, All Texas Markets, Boise, Honolulu, Maui, Kitsap, Seattle, Snohomish, Tacoma, and Houston.


MacBook Air:

The single USB port on the Air caused quite a stir when it was introduced for a couple reasons. Not only was it the sole USB port on the device, but it was recessed in such a way that many devices couldn't connect to it. For some time now, we've maintained an article that illustrates which 3G modems physically work with the MacBook Air, and when there are more options available, we plan on publishing a similar article showing which 4G USB modems physically work with the MBA as well. For now, MacBook Air users should be warned that none of the available 4G USB modems (by themselves) work with the recessed USB port of the MacBook Air, BUT the w100 ships with a flex-adapter that works great.


4G Routers:

Considering a CLEAR or Sprint 4G or 3G/4G modem and wondering which routers are compatible? The line of Cradlepoint 4G routers is compatible with a variety of modems (and Cradlepoint releases firmware updates often to support even MORE devices!)


Our goal is to compile as much knowledge as possible to be able to help support 4G users with Macs.
If you are a Mac user, bookmark this article and check back often for updated information!


Discuss the Macintosh and 4G on 4GForums.

Please feel free to call 1-866-3gstore (347-8673) or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions, comments, concerns or issues pertaining to the Mac and 4G.

 


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