Yesterday Verizon Wireless announced the official launch information for their new 4G LTE data service, which will be available on 12/5/2010, and CLEAR was quick to release marketing materials that highlights the differences between their service and Verizon's (a pdf of their chart can be downloaded here: CLEAR 4G VERSUS VERIZON 4G). CLEAR's main point in the comparison is that they offer unlimited 4G WiMAX for $45/month, while Verizon's LTE service will have monthly allowances: either $50/month for 5GB or $80/month for 10GB. While not mentioned on CLEAR's chart, it should be noted that CLEAR's $45/month plan is for 4G service only, while Verizon's plans provide 3G and 4G access (CLEAR does offer combo 3G/4G service for $55/month).
Verizon's decision to not make their new 4G service unlimited is admittedly disappointing. Since 4G service is so much faster than 3G, making bandwidth-intensive applications like HD video streaming through Netflix a possibility, 5 or 10GB is easy to go through very quickly. Once Verizon's service launches this weekend, it will be interesting to see whether consumers find the data allowances to be too limiting.
CLEAR's 4G WiMAX service is currently available in 60+ markets and is available now from 3Gstore. Verizon's "VZ4G" LTE service will be launching in 38 cities on December 5th and will be available from 3Gstore at launch.