Clearwire Dumps Postpaid Services
Clearwire today announced that it will no longer offer postpaid monthly Internet access to new customers. Instead, it will only offer unlimited WiMax service for $50 per month. Clearwire will also stop selling dual-mode 3G/4G devices, and will only sell WiMax devices moving forward that access its network only. Existing customers will be able to keep their postpaid and 3G/4G services and devices as-is. Clearwire also recently announced its intent to deploy LTE in 2012 and LTE-Advanced in 2013 if it is able to raise the capital.
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.
T-Mobile Announces In-Home LTE CellSpot
T-Mobile today showed off the 4G LTE CellSpot, a "mini cell tower" meant for in-home or in-office use. Similar to T-Mobile's WiFi CellSpot Router, the LTE CellSpot provides full LTE coverage in small buildings up to 3,000 square feet.
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 to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015
Sprint today confirmed it will permanently shutter its WiMax network on or around November 6, 2015. The company had previously said it would operate the failed 4G network until "the end of 2015." Sprint said it has identified 6,000 "redundant sites that we expect to decommission and terminate the underlying leases," as part of the process, which will save the company some money.