Clear, first 4G network launched

Clearwire and Intel have teamed up to produce the world's first 4G network that launched on January 6, 2009, in Portland, Oregon. The network called Clear allows consumers and businesses the chance to connect wirelessly anywhere in Portland at true broadband speeds.

WiMax is the new technology used on the network, delivers speeds up to 6mbps download using a WiMax-enabled USB modem that plugs directly into their laptops, while mobile users can expect speeds up to 4mbps download. The Motorola modem retails for $49.99 either in store or online, or users can lease the WiMax-enabled USB in home modem that connects to any outlet and a USB port in either their laptop or desktop PC, for as little as $4.99 a month.

Clear™ provides solutions to everyone with no signing contracts where users can purchase the service by the day or by the month. Service plans start from as little as $20 a month for home users, while their mobile Internet plans start from $30 a month. Additional savings are available to costumer's that purchase both the mobile and home service, with a two year agreement. Customers may also purchase a day pass for $10.

Clearwire's 4G network will be available in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. Clearwire's network is currently only available in Baltimore, Maryland, and Portland, Oregon. Baltimore's network will be re-branded from XOHM to Clear in the coming months. Today marked the grand opening events at the Clear retail stores, starting at 9 am to noon.

Link: Clearwire Homepage

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