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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    Cfschris, 20 Jan 2007 @ 10:10pm

    Clearwire is CRAP for all online games

    Ive been stuck with clearwire for about a little over a year now, and i regret with my entire soul the day i signed that horrid contract. They make it seem like a good deal, and in retrospect it is, except for the fact the service they provide is AMAZINGLY FREAKINGLY SLOW. I mainly use the internet for online gaming in games such as Battlefield 2, Counter-Strike:Source, and other first person online shooter games. And for the first month or two everything was running perfectly fine, no lag and smooth gameplay. but then....it turned to hell. My ping in Battlefield averaged at about 120 in EVERY SINGLE SERVER, EVEN EMPTY ONES. MY LATENCY IN COUNTER-STRIKE SPIKES UP TO 180 AND STAYS THERE. GAMEPLAY IS SO HORRIBLY LAGGY THAT IT MAKES ME ALMOST NOT WANT TO PLAY ANYMORE.
    ***DONT EVEN THINK ABOUT SIGNING UP FOR THOSE BLOODSUCKING MONSTERS CALLED CLEARWIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!***

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