Clearwire's Non-WiMax Now Non-Useful: Blocks VoIP, Streaming Media

from the wonderful dept

Craig McCaw's Clearwire wireless outfit has received plenty of attention -- mainly for being run by Craig McCaw. Late last year, Intel had to pay Clearwire to convince them to use WiMax (which, still doesn't actually exist) as the core of their wireless offering, as WiMax was proving to be increasingly less than the hype would have you believe. Earlier this month, Bell Canada made a surprise announcement, saying they would provide VoIP for Clearwire in the US -- giving the Canadian telco a way to enter the US market. Still, it appears the folks at Clearwire haven't been paying attention to the whole "network neutrality" debate or the fact that an ISP has been fined for blocking Vonage. Instead, Clearwire proudly states that they will block any application they don't like -- including non-Bell Canada VoIP and any streaming audio or video offering. In other words, Clearwire's wireless broadband is becoming close to useless, because they want to control what you can and can't do over it. They claim they need to do this "to ensure network performance reliability," but can't explain how it's okay for them to offer VoIP, but Vonage must be blocked. More importantly, if Clearwire is saying they can't have a stable network when people are doing VoIP or streaming media, it certainly raises a lot of questions about the quality of WiMax.

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    Krista, 29 Jun 2006 @ 12:53pm

    The internet they sell you is NOT the internet you

    We just switched to clearwire. Everything is great except....they block port 80. Yep, if you get internet service, you can't host yoru own website. THEY DON'T TELL YOU THIS!!! We have called multiple times and each time they say yes, they are blocking that port, and NO they WILL NOT unblock it. Then they happily send you an email saying that your complaint ticket is resolved. How nice.

    That's just the beginning. They also squeeze down FTP ports as well as bittorrents. I know i DID NOT agree to this! We're going back to clearwire to get out of my TWO YEAR agreement with them.....mainly because nothing in any paperwork I signed says anything about blocking ports. That's why we got the internet was to host our own business site!

    Beware.....find something else if you can. Clearwire is NOT HONEST.

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