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.
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