Clearwire Launches Rover Pre-Paid Service
Clearwire today announced a new pre-paid WiMax broadband offering called Rover. Rover is a new brand that Clearwire is targeting at casual users of wireless broadband services. Rover will be available in all 49 markets currently served by Clearwire WiMax 4G. The first product sold by Rover will by the Puck, a WiMax-based mobile hotspot that can connect up to eight other devices to the internet. The Puck costs $150 and works with most Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Rover is also introducing the Rover Stick, a USB laptop dongle that offers wireless broadband to PCs, for $100. Rover will not require contracts. Instead, it will offer monthly service contract free. Rover broadband service costs $5 per day, $20 per week, or $50 per month for unlimited WiMax broadband internet. Users will purchase new credits in $20 or $50 denominations. Rover offers WiMax-only broadband. It does not fall back on Sprint's EVDO 3G network as some of Sprint's WiMax devices do. The Rover brand, devices and service are available first in Houston, Texas, and St. Louis, Mo., with other markets to follow.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.
Sprint Can Commence WiMax Shutdown
A Massachusetts court has given Sprint permission to turn off its WiMax network in stages over the next two months. Sprint will turn WiMax off in 16 cities, including New York, today, with 39 more to follow on February 29, and the remaining 25 cities on March 31.
Nonprofits Convince Judge to Delay Sprint's WiMAX Shutdown
Mobile Citizens, a not-for-profit organization that provides free and low-cost internet service to schools, has won an injunction preventing Sprint from shutting down its WiMax network. Sprint had planned to cease operating WiMax on Nov.
Sprint Not Concerned About Title II Classification
Sprint today said it is not worried about the FCC's potential reclassification of broadband to a public utility or Title II Telecommunications Service. "Sprint does not believe that a light touch application of Title II, including appropriate forbearance, would harm the continued investment in, and deployment of, mobile broadband services," wrote Sprint CTO Stephen Bye.
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