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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    TIm, 25 Jul 2006 @ 7:25am

    Clearwire not honest

    When the local cable company (Cox) decided to not carry NBC because they did not want to pay the local affiliate for their programming, I immediately dumped them in favor of anyone else. I went and looked at DSL and clearwire. DSL had a 1 year contract with no outs, and with me planning on leaving the town in 6 months, Ii couldnt do that.

    I went over to clearwire, and the salesman told me that if I moved out of Abilene, my contract was null and void, and he recommended that i sign a 2 year contract to get free equipment. Once I got it home I had hell with the service not staying connected, as well as the latency on the connection was horrid. once i connected to the site it was ok, but it would take 45 seconds to a minute just to connect to google.

    I graduated college and moved out of Abilene. (Bless my soul I can finally dump Clearwire) Remember earlier my salesman telling me I could cancel with no penalty once i moved out of Abilene? Well I happened to move to another clearwire service area, so they attempted to hold me to my contract. When my lawyer informed them I had a witness to my verbal agreement with the salesman they eventually let me out of the contract, but it's rediculous that the salesman took advantage of me as a college student to get his commission. STAY AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY, you will probably have to threaten a lawsuit in order to get out of their crappy service.

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