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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    Chris, 20 Jan 2007 @ 10:16pm

    Re: Re: Complaint and response to clearwire

    Hi Howard.........ive been signed up for this "Internet" service you call Clearwire for about a year and a half now, and I assure you that your product worked satisfactory.......for 1 MONTH, POSSIBLY LESS! That 7 day free trial is just to sucker you into the full contract, and then poof youre stuck with it and the service becomes SHIT. Im sorry to resort to such crude language to describe your product, but It is truly what i said, and your customer support is a joke.
    I speak for the hundreds of other unsatisfied and angry customers that rue the day they ever signed up for this lousy and unreliable service.
    (p.s. im not giving you my email or phone number, because as i already said you giving me so called "support" is worthless. already tried it, worthless.

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